I don't have a lot to say about RS, having avoided posting there since late '02, but none of what is going on surprises me in the least. The staff and administration behavior is right on-par with the maturity level of most of the conversation that takes place in their forums. I don't think it should shock anyone that they behave childishly and even spiteful when confronted with actual problems.
It’s very unfortunate since there are valuable sections and content there, and the good guys that post with intelligent, valuable information get lost in countless posts with no substance, maturity, or direction. I can’t get over the fact that they’ve chosen to drive the site’s culture towards the lowest common denominator and shown absolute contempt towards its many good contributers on the boards.
Regarding the initial TRU spam email, I wasn’t bothered either, since it hit two of my AOL accounts, which are nothing but spam collectors anyway. No big deal. However – if it had hit a work address I would be extremely upset, as it would have set off alarm bells like crazy. The last thing I’d want is attention being drawn to my personal interests or it be eluded to that I’m focusing on those during work, or associating the company’s name with potential spam lists.
My last company had RS blocked anyway, most likely being caught in a filter as “Rebels ***”.