Updated 2019: In short we HATE spam, it drive us crazy and makes it difficult for us to get our emails delivered. We feel that sending spam is an activity reserved for sad GITS who do not know how to serve people and contribute to society. People who repeatedly send spam are the scum of the internet.
Thank you for hearing my rant.
We respect you as individuals and will never send you any form of spam. If you do receive any spammy emails from any of our email addresses, rest assured they were not sent by us, but by others who put our emails in the "from" field so it LOOKS like the email is from us. Rest assured we have no interest in promoting watches, weight-loss, girls in Russia, travel deals or any other type of spam!
We only send out emails to people who sign up on the website.
Here is the full policy with all the legal jargon...
TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES is committed to permission-based email marketing practices, and as a result has established this no-tolerance Anti-Spam Policy. TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES will occasionally update this Anti-Spam Policy. When it does, TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES will also revise the "last update" date at the top of this Anti-Spam Policy. For changes to this policy, TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES will notify you (the customer) by placing a notice on its web site home page. But we will never change our policy, since we will always protect your email and never send you emails relating to anything other than what you signed up for, that is teaching English as a foreign or second language.
1. What is Spam?
Spam is commercial email or unsolicited bulk email, including "junk mail", which has not been requested by the recipient. It is intrusive and often irrelevant or offensive, and it wastes valuable resources. Spam messages are the opposite of permission-based email, which are normally anticipated, personal, relevant and/or associated with a pre-existing business or personal relationship. Inappropriate newsgroup activities, consisting of excessive posting of the same materials to several newsgroups, are also deemed to be spam.
2. Preventing Spam
3. How TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES Helps You to Avoid Spamming
TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES uses a strict permission-based philosophy. This anti-spam philosophy is implemented through the following:
(b) Unsubscription – Each email created using TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES products contains an “unsubscribe link”. If your web site visitors use the link to request that they be unsubscribed, your subscriber lists will automatically be adjusted to eliminate the prospect of sending unwanted email to such persons. Additionally, each person on your subscriber list has the option of unsubscribing through a web-based method provided on the TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES web site. Customers of TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES who try to remove the unsubscribe link will be warned that they are doing so, and if they persist in having the link removed or deactivated in any way, then TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES will have the right to terminate their account.
(c) Purchased Mailing Lists - Mass mailings to purchased email lists are not allowed. TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES only allows opt-in mailing lists. Purchased or inherited lists are by definition not opt-in. Similarly, you cannot use an email list relating to particular subject matter, and then use it for an unrelated topic.
4. Laws Restricting Spam
Spam laws vary from state to state, and from country to country. This TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES Anti-Spam Policy has been developed to conform to the highest commercially reasonable standards. As a result, and without limiting the general prohibitions against all spam activities, the following are expressly prohibited:
(a) Use of false headers, or other false information, to identify the point of origin or the transmission path of the email, or to hide the true origin of the email sender,
(b) Unauthorized use of a third party's internet domain name without the permission of such third party, to make it appear that the third party was the point of origin of the email,
(c) Use of any false or misleading information in the subject line of the email, and
(d) Assisting any person in using the products or services of TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES for any of these previously mentioned activities.
5.Questions to Ask Yourself
To help in establishing whether you are participating in activities constituting spam, ask yourself the following questions:
(a) Are you sending email to non-specific addresses, such as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org?
(b) Have you deliberately falsified your transmission path information or originating address?
(c) Are you sending email to mailing lists or distribution lists, which then send indirectly to various other email addresses?
(d) Have you imported for use a purchased list of any type?
(e) Are you continuing to mail to anyone who has asked to be deleted from your mailing list?
(f) Does your email not provide a fully functioning link to unsubscribe?
(g) Does you email subject line contain false or misleading information?
(h) Have you used a third party’s email address or domain name without the party’s consent?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are likely involved in spam activities, and should contact TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES customer support service through the contact form on this site.
6. Measures to Enforce the Anti-Spam Policy
Any TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES customer found to be using TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES products or services for spamming purposes may, at TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES’s discretion, be immediately cut off from use of all TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES products and services and/or fined US$ 1,000 per occurrence, with no refund of fees that have been paid.
TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES warns all of its customers when signing up that if they participate in spamming activities they will be subject to the loss of TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES services, fines and possible legal action.
TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES has the right to actively review its customers’ subscriber lists and email for suspiciously large broadcasts. If TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES finds any customers to be spamming, it will issue a warning, and if the activities are serious enough, TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES will take action immediately. If TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES has any reason to believe that the customer, despite warning being given, threatens to or is continuing to send spam, then TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES may take action immediately, including disabling the customer’s account and/or reporting the customer and the incident to the proper authorities.
TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES does not attempt to censor any content, nor to curtail the business of its customers. However, spam activities do not fall within uses authorized by TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES, and will not be tolerated.
7. Reporting Spam
If you believe that you have received spam from or through TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES’s facilities, please send a complaint to us using the contact form on this site. Please provide any other information that you believe may help us in our investigation. TEACHING ENGLISH GAMES does not investigate or take any action based on "anonymous" spam complaints.