Brandon, thanks for your reply, but there are many ways to get around the spam problem without ending the direct add.
Obviously, anything that differentiates the spammer from the legitimate list owner helps. Many of us who are concerned have maintained active lists for years. Any requirement that unusually large direct add requests come from owner or managers with a clean/no spam history will thwart the spammer while allowing the rest of us to continue managing our groups.
Google is completely unrealistic where it thinks the invitation substitutes for the direct add in the real world. This list has many stories of the tech-uncomfortable who will simply not "accept" an "invitation" to join a group. They then do not receive the information the group is trying to distribute.
Any efforts to find a solution or exemption are appreciated.
> I'm on this list, and I do see the complaints, but I'm not as directly > involved with Groups as I used to be. I argued for many years to keep > direct adds in the product, but the abuse of the feature just kept > getting worse. > > I thought Y!Groups had gotten rid of them a while back... ah, its kind > of hidden, but still allows 10 members per day. > > Brandon > > On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Skyliners Board > <skyline...@gmail.com> wrote: >> I would also be interested in any responses. We use Google groups to >> communicate with 165 families who participate in synchronized skating. >> >> >> We send out important information in advance of competitions and attempt to >> update our members as we go. If we have any opt in requirement, members will >> not get the necessary information. >> >> >> >> I wish Google identified some way to present our issues to them. We have >> used Google groups successfully for the last four years. However, if they do >> restore the direct add feature, we will be forced to find some alternate >> provider. I would be interested in learning if there are any that are out >> there and free. >> >> >> >> >> >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups >> "EmailList-Managers" group. >> To view this discussion on the web visit >> https://groups.google.com/d/msg/emaillist-managers/-/Udhu5n0ePOwJ. >> To post to this group, send email to emaillist...@googlegroups.com. >> To unsubscribe from this group, send email to >> email@example.com. >> For more options, visit this group at >> http://groups.google.com/group/emaillist-managers?hl=en. >> > > > > -- > Brandon Long <bl...@google.com> > Staff Engineer > Gmail Delivery TLM > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "EmailList-Managers" group. > To post to this group, send email to emaillist...@googlegroups.com. > To unsubscribe from this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/emaillist-managers?hl=en. >