No one seems to want to break the ice since we opened up of the CE's corner. So we'll do it and for good reason.
We received a request from a CE recently, suggesting that we use the CAUSS forum as a springboard for a Local, Regional, or National database for known or cited spammers.
We of CAUSS fully support this idea and will be more than happy to do what we can to help with the elimination of this blighting epidemic across the country.
The information would likely have to come from an authorized department or code enforcement entity of sort.
If you feel this information would be useful to you or your department and you think that you could participate in a program of such, please send me a private message, private email(firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can use the email@example.com mailbox. Either way your identify is secure.
Should you desire to post your comments in this thread with your shark screen name, by all means do so. That's what this board is all about.
To our sharks: Please use the General comments page section for your feed back. We would like to maintain this page for CE feedback only.
#1. "RE: National Spammer Database" In response to Reply # 0
Hi, GW: Time moves on and I have been busy with other things and do not look into the CAUSS pages as often as I should.
Regarding the offer of a database, for myself I am not very keen on the idea due to the intricate law relating to the maintaining of databases and privacy. None of us want to end up sued, and that means all of us, not just CE's. I guess another reason is that, while we are extremely interested in violators who offend in our own areas, we have little time to spend being interested in the rest. That's not being work-shy or just plain disinterested, it's a fact of life that illegal signage is just a small part of our daily problems. As you will remember, I tried very hard to get a statewide Db up and running but the interest just wasn't there. I also arranged for a statewide listserv for email communications to be put in place. Again, it is rarely used. For us here in AZ (if not in every state), I believe that most of our problem went away when we all (CE;s, AACE and CAUSS) managed to bring Herbalife to account. I believe another (welcomed) bi-product of that national effort was that a great many other CE's throughout the nation became more aware of the enormity of sign problems and also became more "user friendly" and sympathetic towards concerned citizens. That was a real bonus!
Thatís my 2 cents worth. What do the rest of you CEís think?
#3. "RE: National Spammer Database" In response to Reply # 1
I say this. If a business is willing to post illegal signs that many cities call Trash, then they are leaving themselves open to anything. Besides Yellow Pages have been doing it for years and that is the biggest data base in the world