Besides the regular CORS and IVLE alerts that I look forward to receiving in my mail, most of the mails in the account are advertising (read: spam) forwarded and sent by NUS members. It is quickly reaching to a level where many minor events are sent in e-mails to the whole NUS even though it affects only a small percentage of the recipients.
For example: Sports facility closures, various student competitions held by external organisations, any NUS event that needs people to fill up the space, job postings no matter how small, sports trials...
You are expected to check your e-mail regularly [ source ]
And the list goes on .. SOC Technical Services sends 'Patches' alerts everytime there's a Windows or Office patch released. Never mind that Automatic Update takes care of this already.
Then there's Estate & Development News sending restaurant closure / opening alerts. Then there's What'z Newz @ OSA with 90% useless news (e.g. Free Entry to NHB Museums, NUS Volunteering Network recruitment) and useful news (such as the Transitlink Card Replacement) so you can't block them... the list can go on.
Such news should be posted on their own web pages and not e-mailed out to all the students in NUS. Perhaps because NUS mail is so easy, just compose and send. Updating the webpages may require more steps due to the publicness of the web pages.
Most of their mails don't take up much space but they do take up my time as I have to skim through each of them and delete them. And those big emails.. those more than 100KB.. taking up valuable email space... those are the most problematic ones.
Here's a peek at some of the spam I have received. If you are a company, you now know who to contact to spam the 100% guaranteed verified NUS student mailing list.
- Toshiba laptops offer sent by NUSSU Bizcom Nustyle (with a 830KB image attachment)
Two mails, each 1MB, was sent with a big image as a attachment.
How did Toshiba managed to convince NUStyle to send the advertising?
- Annual Kaspersky Lab IT Security Student Conference from SOC (sent 3 times by 3 different senders)
A job position hiding behind a security competition event...
- AIA Campus Photo Contest 2009 sent by NUSSU Bizcom
Learn a new marketing strategy today:
- Ubisoft Singapore Facebook Page sent by SOC
This may be of interest to the Communication and Design majors, but to ALL SOC students??
- Events Totally Not Related To Some Students
Such as this launch of CLing, a *totally* mandarin event, sent to all students. A 1MB email.
Instead of sending to only Chinese students, the email is sent to the whole school.
- CCA Advertisements (743KB email)
So you are running out of members in your CCA and have a strong connection with What's Newz @ OSA...
Imagine if all the CCAs send emails to recruit more members...
- Swensen's (500KB email)
Another event not completely related to NUS.
- Plus many mails from NUS Career Centre
In July 2009, they sent 5 mails. In May 2009, 14 mails.
- And Career Notices From Other Unknown Sources
Even SOC Unix e-mail accounts have spam.
Except CORS and IVLE. The worrying thing is that some senders send important information as well as useless information using the same e-mail alias (e.g. 'What'z Newz @ OSA' and the SOC staff). That is why it is so dangerous to automatically direct them to the Junk folder based on the sender's e-mail address.
Strangely enough, events that deserves to be e-mailed don't get e-mailed. For example, when the CORS rounds start, an e-mail should be sent one day beforehand to remind all students to bid. And when a tutorial balloting round starts, another e-mail should be sent if the student is eligible to rank in the first round.
Similarly, when the closed bidding period is starting and I have been either outbid or the module has higher demand than vacancy, a warning e-mail should be sent too. This is what e-mail should be used for... but...
(gritting teeth)... must.. tolerate... one... more... semester...