Noncommercial bulk emailers can ignore delisting requests
(1) It bans false or misleading header information. Your email's "From," "To," and routing information – including the originating domain name and email address – must be accurate and identify the person who initiated the email.
(2) It prohibits deceptive subject lines. The subject line cannot mislead the recipient about the contents or subject matter of the message.
(3) It requires that your email give recipients an opt-out method. You must provide a return email address or another Internet-based response mechanism that allows a recipient to ask you not to send future email messages to that email address, and you must honor the requests.
(4) It requires that commercial email be identified as an advertisement and include the sender's valid physical postal address.
The law apparently does not apply to noncommercial emails containing porn (I am not urging you to include porn in the email campaigns).
IMO you should not delist addressees when those addressees should be getting the emails because the emails are specifically about them, their organizations, or their occupations. Just ignore their requests to be delisted. If they are rude enough to ask to be delisted even though your emails directly concern them, then you can be rude enough to ignore their requests. And if these folks had a real spam problem, they probably would not bother to ask you to delist them if you send them emails only occasionally, since your emails would be lost in a flood of spam. And if they don't care what others may be reading about them or their organizations, then the hell with them. And these very same people who ask you to stop sending them emails usually expect you to read their emails -- I know their kind. Also, if your list is not automated, delisting addressees can be a lot of extra work for you -- the addressees have to be removed by hand from a list that might be non-alphabetical and if the list exists only in your emails then the delisting can be done only when you send out emails. However, as a courtesy to the addressees, you should do the following: (1) use the same sender address when sending emails to the group and (2) use descriptive subject lines -- make the subject line as specific as possible within the space allowed.
The trolls are now going to say, "Larry, you stupid fathead, just because something is not illegal does not necessarily mean that it is not unethical or discourteous." Thank you, trolls, I cannot think of a better argument against arbitrary censorship of visitors' comments on blogs. And IMO arbitrary censorship of blog comments is an infinitely worse offense than ignoring a request to be removed from a bulk emailing list.
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