Being one of the victims of 'automatic add-ups' too, I could feel disturbance. Just because somebody thinks that their group offers "valuable information" and therefore 'everybody' should be added up, well, not so true. I do believe that "valuable information" is categorical and subjective. The best option would be for one to send an invitation, leaving the choice of accepting to join or not, to the intended recipient. You don't decide for me if I haven't granted you that permission. That's really annoying and unprofessional as 'someone' simply put it. That's an invasion of privacy right there. Imagine having to wake up one day only to find 120+ messages in your inbox! and with our 'internet ndogo ya kupima kwa kijiko cha chai', you could scream (explicit word removed). Overwhelmed by the number of emails, you could missi some important emails or trash them, in the process of deleting all that garbage.
I use gmail and that has really helped me stay away from these untold subscriptions.
For gmail users:
You can easily control that from Groups ---> Manage subscriptions at the top left of the page you will see "Invitation preferences" then apply the 'check' mark to the box to all or any of the choices provided, depending on your needs. These are the choices:
Do not allow group managers to invite me to their groups.
Do not allow group managers to directly add me to their groups.
The easiest way to get to your Google Group Settings, use: http://groups.google.com/groups/mysubs
The easiest way to get to the page containing all your google products that you use, click: https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount
For Yahoo! and YMail users:
I don't see any straight forward way of stopping the annoyance but I found this link with some useful information: help.yahoo.com/l/... with the topic: I was added to a group without my permission last Updated: November 22, 2009
It’s violation of our Terms of Service to add somebody to a group without their permission. If you feel this has happened, please, send us a copy of one of the messages you receive with the full message headers. We will investigate your report and take the appropriate action.
Here’s how to leave the group or unsubscribe from the group's mailing lists:
- Sign into Yahoo! Groups and go to your group on the web.
- From any page, click Edit Membership at the top of the page.
- Click Leave Group at the bottom right of this page.
- Confirm on the next page. Done.
To leave/unsubscribe via email:
From your email program, send a blank message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Make sure to replace "groupname" with the actual name of the group (e.g., email@example.com)).