We’re only 3 days away from the launch of our newest feature, the EzineArticles Inbox.
Quite possibly, I think we’ll be the first site of our kind to offer its members the ability to email each other, collaborate on various opportunities together, connecting authors & publishers together and creating the framework for an even bigger project we have planned for later this year.
The service will be integrated within your membership account and the idea is to improve communication between our members and ourselves first. It happens daily that a member will ask the same question over and over again because they didn’t receive our reply for whatever reason or we’ll send messages that bounce back undeliverable. This new system will solve that.
We built the entire system from scratch and you’ll be able to send emails to us and other members, view your sent emails, view your trash (auto dumps every 30 days), mark emails as spam (that will notify us to investigate), create a blocked list of people you don’t want to receive emails from, create your own contact address book and more.
One large goal with this new system is to unlock the value trapped within our membership database. We can create significant economic value when we can help our members communicate with each other and this in turn makes us more valuable to our members (we hope).
I’m pretty certain that we won’t give the ability to email externally to non-members as this tool is being created to fascilitate member to member and service provider (us) to member communications.
One question to ask of you at this time:
1) Should any member be allowed to send an email to another other member regardless as to if they are in your contact list?
We have the blocked sender routine included and we have secret limits on the system to stop member-spammers from manually abusing the system, but the question came up if a person is not in your contact list — Should they be allowed to contact you?
It’s a horse/cart problem because if a member doesn’t have another member in their contact list, then they would be shut out from all future contact possibilities.
Should an author be required to add an author as a friend or become networked with them or be part of their favorite authors list before they accept emails or should we just let every author email any author and let the blocked sender list, anti-spam tools and author feedback guide this decision?