I'll agree with that in regards to the groups. The problem started when recruiters were posting jobs in their discussion page. That's when they added the jobs tab but if you go to any of them they are just littered with jobs.
Al Merrill said:
I appreciate your thoughts- we all run our businesses differently and have different requirements. LinkedIn never was a requirement for me to be successful, but the the comments and a special few people who wrote them made for interesting reading, and some had good ideas.
I'm shocked it took so long for them to do this. I am a recruiter obviously but the spam that I've seen and the harrassment by recruiters to some of these folks is out of control. I've been a member of 50 groups for as long as I can remember and started posting jobs to groups when the tab was first added. Now look at the mess in these people's groups.
Makes for the case of LinkedIn users adding their contact information in contact settings at bottom of their profiles. Hopefully they'll add information like this:
For networking purposes Firstname Lastname can be reached at email@example.com
Adding the full name here also addresses the issue of LinkedIn suppressing 3rd degree connections last names.
Matt Kerr - Grant Alexander