Why some causes use email as an annoyance

I recently was outraged with Comcast paying people to go to a FCC meeting and thus not filling the room up so that those that were interested in what the FCC had to say about Net Neutrality could not participate in the meeting.
So I went and filled out a pre-written form at Save the Internet. What really bugged me though is that after it was all over?
The next day, I get this email from the Free Press E-Activist Network about supporting the cause. Here’s the thing. When I signed the form, I saw that it said had it already checked the box to add me to their mailing list. That’s not an opt-in. That’s a forced opt-in. Opting-in is the actual move of actually checking the box. What else bothered me? This line:

Add me to the Free Press E-Activist Network so I can receive occasional emails about important media reform developments

Hate to say it but an email the next day doesn’t constitute as occasional. By any means.
I’ve since unsubscribed from the network, and hopefully it’ll actually remove my email unlike some email lists I belong to where they harass you even though you’ve managed to opt-out and unsubscribed from pretty much every single user automated service they have (nonprofits have some weird software out there that keep coming back to ask you for things).
Word to the wise. If you have a cause, people will join it if they believe in the same thing that you do. But don’t overdo the whole email opt-in just to gather people. Let people be proactive. In the end, if you had a supporter but you annoyed them in some fashion, then that’s the end of your support.
I’ll still have to look into how to get off those lists for that one nonprofit technology network. Ick.
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