If you’ve been getting a bunch of notification emails from the “RPLS Network”, you aren’t alone.But before I help you understand what these are and make them stop, let me say this:

RPLS TODAY HAS NO AFFILIATION WHATSOEVER WITH RPLS NETWORK, POB MAGAZINE, OR BNP MEDIA.

When receiving email notifications, it is important that you accurately identify the origin prior to jumping to conclusions. I’ve received several emails today complaining that we are sending far too many notifications to you. Let me iterate that those many emails you’ve received from the “RPLS Network” are NOT coming from RPLS Today (see the large statement above).

If your inbox looks similar to the screen capture below (from my own inbox), continue reading. We can help.

RPLS Network Inbox Spam

Determining the origin of email notifications

In general, there are many ways to determine where emails are coming from. In this particular case, they are easily identified by the graphic header that is included in them. Any email notifications coming from POB’s forum will contain the following header:

RPLS Network Email Header

Any emails received from RPLS Today will not contain the image above. The latest rampage of notification emails that everyone is complaining about does not contain our logo or our name. In fact, it doesn’t even use our color scheme.

By comparison, RPLS Today forum notification emails looklike this:

RPLS Today Email Notification

Furthermore, our email newsletter headers look like this:

RPLS Today Newsletter Header

As you can see, they are quite a bit different and easy to recognize.

How to stop email notifications from POB’s forum

As with pretty much any online forum, you can subscribe or watch forum threads, which cause email notifications to be sent to the email address associated with your account at that particular website. These are typically voluntary and you have to explicitly request such notifications.In some cases, a forum will automatically mark a thread as “watched” if you are the thread author (original poster).

To stop all email notifications from POB’s forum, the following instructions should work:

  • Visitthe POB Community page athttp://community.pobonline.com/home
  • Click the “sign in” link near the top right corner of the page (under the social icons).
  • You will be taken to an external page (pretty weird and suspicious to me, but it works) where you can login to your account. Once logged in, you’ll be returned to the POB Community page.
  • At the top of the page, you’ll see your name next to an icon. Click the icon to be taken to your profile page.
  • To the far right and under the menu bar, you’ll see a small “edit profile” button — click that.
  • Under the menu bar, you’ll see a new submenu bar. Click the “My Account” link.
  • At the far right of the screen, under the submenu bar, you’ll see a row of buttons. Click the “Subscriptions” button.
  • You’ll now see a list of forums with radio buttons at the far right of each. Now you can select the radio button in the “None” column for each forum, then click the “SAVE” button at the bottom to save your subscription settings.
  • Now you should no longer receive forum notification emails from the POB Community.

If you receive other POB-related emails after changing the settings as above, then you are probably receiving them as part of your magazine subscription, newsletter subscription, or for some other reason. At least now you have turned off the forum notifications.

How to stop email notifications from the RPLS Today Community

You can manage your alerts and notifications here in our ownRPLS Today forum.

  • Once logged in to your RPLS Today account, visit the Community area at https://rplstoday.com/community
  • In the top menu bar, you’ll see your username on the right side; click that and a dropdownwill appear.
  • Click “Alert Preferences” in the dropdown menu to manage your overall alert settings.
  • In the left menu, you’ll see links for “Watched Threads” and “Watched Forums” — click each of these to manage the threads and forums you are watching.

Are these notifications considered spam?

Without reading through all of POB’s terms of use for their website, it’s hard to say for sure. The most likely answer, however, is that they are not considered spam. If you registered with POB’s website, then you agreed to their terms of use. If you elected to receive email notifications, then that furthers the argument that the email notifications are not spam because you asked for them. Also consider that it’s entirely possible that you signed up for notifications a long time ago and just never received them until now.

Here at RPLS Today, we have a similar policy, in that you agree to our Terms of Use when you register for an account here. However, we will never sell or give away your contact information.

Another consideration

From browsing around the POB website, it appears that they’ve made some changes to their forums and how you login. This may be somehow related to why the email notifications are suddenly going out to everyone. Their new login system takes you to an external website, then returns you to the POB website. This is not something that I would do, if it were up to me. By sending users to an external website to login, it may cause some uneasiness among users. There have been a lot of websites that have been hacked in recent memory that redirect users to a spammy website. I’m not saying that this has happened to POB — I’m just saying that some people will find that a bit disturbing.

In conclusion

I don’t think that POB intended to suddenly send out hundreds of email notifications to everyone. It’s probably just a result of new software, a change in methods, or other non-nefarious reason. So I wouldn’t take it personally, nor would I recommend that you mark the notifications as spam. You should simply delete them, then unsubscribe from them using the instructions above.

Wendell Harness, PLS

Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He’s purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been — and will continue to be — a Land Surveyor at heart.

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17 comments on “Are You Getting Pelted With POB Notifications?

  1. Which site? When you say "this site" I don't know if you mean the POB forum (the source of the sudden barrage of emails) or RPLS Today (where you are reading this right now). RPLS Today is not affiliated with POB in any way.

  2. 33 yesterday alone. I am waiting for it to crash and burn.

    Sad thing is their archives are the most valuable surveying asset any of us had.

    Paul in PA

  3. This is adding insult to injury. About 1-2 months ago, I tried to log in to rpls.com. Couldn't. Tried to change my password through Forgot Password. Got the new temp and changed it – supposedly. Then I tried to log in. I got a response that my username was in use, or something like that. I tried several times without success.

    So I emailed BNPP and asked to be removed. They responded that it would take 1 – 2 months!  It's been about 1 month and now this SPAM. I'm getting it on my business email and personal email, and my wife is getting the same on her personal email, which I don't know how they got.

    Sent a nasty email to them yesterday telling them to unsubscribe all 3 emails, immediately. I hope it works. Meanwhile, I've put them on my ISP spam filter "enemies" list, but I still get to see them in the spam summary.

    Them sending out more spam telling how to stop the spam by changing the rpls account setting is useless as I can't get into my account with them.

  4. This is adding insult to injury. About 1-2 months ago, I tried to log in to rpls.com. Couldn't. Tried to change my password through Forgot Password. Got the new temp and changed it – supposedly. Then I tried to log in. I got a response that my username was in use, or something like that. I tried several times without success.

    I had the exact same problem.  Suddenly, and without explanation, I was able to log in.  I started a thread telling them their login process was screwed up.

    So far, I haven't received any spam.

  5. I had enough of their similar acts.

    For decades I would receive two or three magazines every month from them in the name of Harris Surveying, A Harris and A Harris Surveying.

    They apparently get their info by data mining methods and from answering their fishing emails.

    Marked the first new email as SPAM and they all disappeared…………

    :razz:arty:

  6. Was finally able to log in and turn off the subscriptions to the 3 stupid areas.    I would also recommended going into the notifications tab and turning all of that off too.  Good Luck and may you be successful.

  7. So merely unsubscribing via an email (I've got plenty of those, heh) from them isn't enough to stop this barrage of notifications?

  8. So merely unsubscribing via an email (I've got plenty of those, heh) from them isn't enough to stop this barrage of notifications?

    It depends on how many of their forums and categories to which you are subscribed. Clicking unsubscribe in the notification will only apply to that particular subscription.

  9. As I mentioned on Facebook earlier, I initially had at least 26 emails from RPLS.com when I tried to unsubscribe. I received an additional 17 emails and decided to send an email to the editor yesterday. I just received an email from the editor thanking me for alerting them to the problem and that they had opened an emergency ticket with IT to find the problem. I am glad to hear that it sounds like some kind of system error and not some new aggressive contact campaign.

  10. I just received an email from the editor thanking me for alerting them to the problem and that they had opened an emergency ticket with IT to find the problem. I am glad to hear that it sounds like some kind of system error and not some new aggressive contact campaign.

    Like you've never told a client "the network was down" when you were behind on your deliverable schedule 😉

  11. Ha!  I was reading about everyone getting so many rpls.com emails and I was thinking about how I only got around 3.  Then it hit me to look @ my Spam box.  Around 33 went there.

  12. I had the exact same problem.  Suddenly, and without explanation, I was able to log in.  I started a thread telling them their login process was screwed up.

    So far, I haven't received any spam.

    I had the same problem for the past 3 or 4 months, Then yesterday when I tried to login, it worked and I managed to turn off the all the items that I was getting hit with the spam. That site anymore is terrible, whomever is doing the design is making it almost impossible to use or navigate.

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