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Note to members of the LinkedIn group here on

Paul and I have received a number of unhappy emails from people in that group because of email abuse from a very small amount of people.

We are going to remove the members from the group who started this and it is my hope that there can be a certain level of respect.

every member of that group has been sent a note about the issue and the guidelines and the option of course to be removed. I hope though we get a 2nd chance.

I feel sick about this.

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Comment by Karen Swim on March 20, 2008 at 5:12pm
The merits of the community have not been diminished. I am sure that those members meant no harm, but I appreciate you addressing it and taking action. Thanks for providing a place for quality networking and support.
Comment by Maha Akiki on March 20, 2008 at 5:21pm
I agree with Karen that the LinkedIn Group in particular, and the RecruitingBlogs community in general has not been tarnished by a few email that were first sent with good intention. Things simply went out of control when individuals started complaining about Spam emails by spamming everyone else. Thank you Jason and Paul for putting an end to this.
Comment by Lance Haun on March 20, 2008 at 5:22pm

This really isn't a reflection of but of a few members who do not know what e-mail manners are and abuse the system for unintended gain. Both the LinkedIn group and has been extremely valuable to me and I would encourage people who are interested in truly networking with other like minded individuals to stay in the group and make it better. I am consistently impressed with some of the people I have met through this forum that I otherwise would not have connected (or wouldn't have connected in as meaningful of a way).

Stick around. I know this place will continue to be a great place for recruiters to gather. Don't muddy its reputation by spamming people that you haven't established a relationship with.

Comment by Brad Remington on March 20, 2008 at 6:06pm
I for one was sent a couple of emails with about 300 email addresses on it, not knowing (or thinking it through), I did the same. I apologize to everyone for that. This site is invaluable to all of us and I would like to say thanks to all the members out there for their input and support.
Comment by PJ Ledorze on March 20, 2008 at 6:31pm
No worries Jason. Thanks for the follow up. We all have to remember there are still a ton of people new to online sourcing, blogging and social networking. There will be a few bumps in the road, but the end result of building a recruiting community like this will absolutely be worth it.

I don't mind giving people a little slack now and then.

Cheers and happy hunting!

Comment by Sonu Gupta on March 20, 2008 at 7:27pm
This is the best blog, we should care abt it.
Please stop sending that email with 300 address.

Enjoy ,
Comment by Graham Nicholls on March 21, 2008 at 7:49am
Hi Jason
No problem here, I received a rush of emails with cc. + cc + cc, people want to build their networks for the sake of numbers I think.. I used my discretion and the right right of reply or not. However, this certainly has not diminished this fantastic site, it's been great so far, and I am sure it will continue to grow and flourish.
There are a lot more fantastic and helpful people here than zealots, I think some people may be a little embarrassed by their lack of respect for Paul.
Thanks to both of you guys, and many others, this is a great network, I think one of the best there is!
Comment by Heather Gardner on March 21, 2008 at 9:53am
Hi Jason,
The RecruitingBlogs still Rock! All "true" recruiting professionals will understanding that this kind of situation is not uncommon and as with any mishap, great things ALWAYS emerge :-) ... there is so much fabulous potential here at the RecruitingBlogs - no email can affect the future success on the near horizon - I for one, don't want to miss out on this growing knowledge base!
As stated earlier, The RecruitingBlogs ROCK!
Comment by Slouch on March 21, 2008 at 12:15pm
Well, i am happy it seems we have gotten the situation under control. It's interesting to see something like this get worked out publicly. It is the 2nd shit storm to hit in the last 11 months or so. The first was when Jobster wanted me to shut down we got through that and I am happy we got through this.

There are some people who left the group and I understand why. Paul let me know though that most of these people did not want to leave the network. I'm happy about that. There will be bumps and things but so far the good in opinion has overshadowed the problems.

Thanks for all the email and the comments and thanks for letting Paul and I know exactly how you feel about the network and the linkedIn group.
Comment by Dianna Slade on March 25, 2008 at 12:33pm
I was slightly surprised at having about 20 emails in my inbox about recruiting blogs but they were lost amongst the 200 or so other work-related emails I had so no harm done at all. At least nobody tried selling Viagra....!


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