After a couple of issues, I realized that the newsletter wasn't useful to me. I tried to unsubscribe. I have tried repeatedly to unsubscribe, and haven't been successful yet. BizSpark always responds to my Unsubscribe request with a question. No matter how I answer the question, my response is not acknowledged. I know there's still a live body at the other end of the line, because an ungrammatical period at the end of the question, a ".", has been quietly replaced with a dash. But they keep sending me this stupid newsletter.
I post this here in the hope that some poor contractor or intern at Microsoft, whose job it is to troll the Web on boring afternoons when there's nothing better to do, will see this posting and take care of unsubscribing me. Actually, since I truly did add BizSpark to my spam bucket, I may never know if it worked.
Here's the email trail for you to follow.
1. The newsletter
Startup success with Windows Azure, Windows Phone 7 and Internet Explorer 9 announcements, Twitter news and much more!
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:10:45 -0600
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If you would no longer like to receive this newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line.
(That "Reply-To" address contained enough alphabet soup for a competent server to figure out exactly which subscriber was sending the Unsubscribe request, especially if the subscriber forwarded the whole newsletter to bzsnews as part of their Unsubscribe request, with headers intact.)
2. My unsubscribe request
Startup success with Windows
3. BizSpark's response
Subject: RE: Unsubscribe
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:12:53 +0000
4. My response to BizSpark's response, this time
End note: I want to make it clear that I'm not badmouthing Microsoft as a monolithic entity. A lot of people do that, and it's not right. Microsoft is a huge corporation, with business segments and divisions you don't even know about. Some of them deserve praise, and some of them don't. I have praised them in the past, right here at Zyzmog Galactic Headquarters. But this group doesn't deserve praise.
UPDATE, Nov 9, 2011: My Hotmail/MSN account dumps directly into my mail readers, and so I seldom go online to see what's in my online InBox, etc. Today I was online and I noticed two pieces of mail in my online Junk folder. They were two identical copies of the Microsoft Bizspark 11/02/11 newsletter. Microsoft's Hotmail had detected them as junk mail, and treated them accordingly. They will automatically be deleted in a few days.