Commercial email, archive and fees.
Well, frankly because I've had one too many. Now, if I provide an
archiving service to the sender, that is something I can ask
him/her/it to pay for, right? How, then, do I know that they have
accepted my terms? All my signatures I use contain information about
the size of the fee and this URL. If they have got my email address
that way, it's quite obvious, right? If they have gotten it from my
web pages, there's a link to this page... If they have it from
somewhere else, well... Too bad...
Now, what do I class as commercial email? Here is a handy list:
Now, there are people (even friends of mine) that have commercial info
in their .sig. Even I have so, since I advertise my commercial email
archiving service in my .sig(s). I don't count the contents of a
normal (ie less than five lines, separated from the email with
"-- " and a line break) signature in deciding what is a commercial
Also, any commercial info I explicitly asked for is extempt
from the archival policy. Doing otherwise would be cheesy...
- Anything that advertises a company
- Anything that advertises a service
- Anything that smells of a pyramid scheme
It is quite simple. You send me a commercial email, to signify that
you agree to the terms stated below. This means that you have agreed
to the terms and an email stating that archiving has commenced, with a
reference to this page, will be sent to you. It is expected that you
send me a billing address, so I can send you a paper invoice, as
electronic invoices aren't enough for the accountants.
- The cost for a first archiving is $400, paid to the owner (Ingvar
Mattsson, Linköping, Sweden), hereafter called the Owner, by the
client, hereafter called the Client.
- The archiving is on a half-year basis, minimum time one month.
The archive cleaning days are June 30th and December 31st. This means
that any mail archived in June or December is subject to two archival
- The sending of a commercial email to the Owner constitues an
acceptance of these terms.
- The archiving can be cancelled by the Client, by explicitly
asking the Owner to do so. If this is done in a polite (by the
Owner's subjective judgement) manner, before the archive
acceptancy email is sent, the archiving is deemed not to have
- Any Client abusing the archive cancellation in (4) is subject to
an obstruction fee of $400, as it is deemed that they have generated
the same workload as archiving their original mail would have caused.
By abusing is meant repeating three (3) times, or more.
- By before in (4) is meant that it should have arrived to
the Owner before he starts composing the archive acceptancy mail.
- A cancel must be the Owner at hand at least thirty (30) days
before expiration day. If it is not, the archival period is extended
for yet another period. No remembrance of any sort will be sent to
the Client, as the Owner thinks that it is the responsibility of the
Client to know where, and why, he/she/it is due a fee of $400 of a
- The Owner takes no responsibility for the continued existence of
an archived email, as it might disapperar in a disk crash or so.
- The Client has no right whatsoever to gain access to, or receive
copies of any mail the Client has archived in the archive.
This page was written by
Commercial email sent to him (regardless of address) is subject to an
archival fee. For more information, see this