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Message Posted: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 @ 17:05:07 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Admin Comment - Removal due to spam
From:   Dean Arnold

I have some questions regarding proper use of the TDATA list:

1. I've been developing the Perl driver for Teradata (DBD::Teradata), and placing announcements on this list...is that acceptable use?

2. I'm considering building for-profit software for the Teradata platform, and hoped to use this maillist to survey an appropriate audience to determine the potential demand for the software...is that acceptable use? (I don't think this is really spam, its just soliciting feedback, rather than selling...but some folks may differ with my opinion.)

3. Once I've built for-profit software, is it appropriate to announce it on this list...not a hard sell, just telling the community that it exists and pointing them to a web page for more info (IMHO, this comes pretty close to spam, though it could be handled in a less obtrusive manner, ala the "COMMERCIAL:" subject header often seen in various newsgroups e.g., comp.os.linux.announce).

I agree that spam is bad, and the spam that initiated this discussion was definitely bad form, but part of the mission of the maillist is to disseminate useful information to the Teradata community. I would hope that includes announcing new tools and software to support Teradata. Teradata support in the developer community is nearly non-existant, and tools that other DBMS platforms take for granted often don't exist for Teradata. As a developer who can possibly step into the breach and supply some of those tools - for a profit - this venue gives me an opportunity to gauge interest and inform the Teradata community. As an occasional Teradata consultant, being informed about the availability of new tools is important to serve my clients.


Dean Arnold

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