I received a couple of emails recently from the owner of a traffic exchange that I had signed up to, surfed a few times but then had quietly forgotten about.
Neither of the emails, sent to the site’s entire list, were particularly pleasant and, in fact, were rather rude and hectoring.
The first began:
“While browsing through the member’s list it has come to my attention that some members have had no activity for a very long time.
“This does not seem very fair to those members who are paying for their memberships, or at least are fairly active.
“I will begin to put the websites of inactive members on pause, if this does not work I will begin to delete the websites of those who continue to be inactive, further inactivity may result in the member being removed from the membership list.
“Any member who does not log in and contribute some way to this website at least once every 30 days may be subject to the above considerations.”
Now while it is up the owner of any traffic exchange how they administer their own program and how they interact with their own members this email struck me as rather heavy-handed.
It was like being called to see the headmaster for a dressing down for failing to hand in your homework on time, running in the corridors or forgetting your gym kit.
“It has come to my attention, young man, that you virtually pushed past Mrs Timmins on your way to double biology this morning.
“You were also twenty-six seconds late for class which does not seem very fair to those pupils who managed to get to their desks on time.
“Unless you mend your ways and contribute in some way to the fabric of this school you may be removed from this establishment.
“Further transgressions will be punished in the most harsh, unreasonable, overbearing and dictatorial manner available to me. Do I make myself clear? Now get out of my sight you horrible little brat.”
Meanwhile back in the real world, the next email from the traffic exchange owner in question followed up on the original theme.
“The pruning has begun, several members who have not logged in for several months have been deleted…
“I’m only asking you to log in and surf at least once a month. I know making money on the internet is a lot of time and effort, but you should be able to surf once a month.”
So, suitably chastised for my inactivity to date, I decided to take action.
I logged onto the site, hung around long enough to find the ‘delete account’ button and pruned myself.