wheel - 5:48 pm on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
I frequent an industry association. The people governing the association are doing some very bad stuff.
In response to this bad stuff, there's been some attempted coup attempts of the association's leadership. The last coup failed because the coup didn't have the ability to communicate to the membership - while the leadership can and did communicate with the membership. Of the members that were aware of the coup attempt, they overwhelming sided with the coup.
lemme give you an example. to be elected to the leadership, you have to be nominated by a nominating committee. The nomination committee is determined by existing leadership (any else smell that?). The nomination committee received a large volume of emails from membership telling them to nominate a candidate (the coup candidate). They were ignored.
So now the coup candidate wants to communicate to the membership by email for the next election - laying out the problems and suggesting people demand that he be on the list of candidates for leadership (then membership can vote him in or not).
The association maintains an online directory with email addresses (the ones the association uses). They also have a published policy that you can use the directory, but can't scrape it using automated means. So you can do it by hand (not feasible) but not scrape.
However someone has scraped it already and the association merely frowned on it and let is slide. They then followed with a ruling that folks can only send out two emails to the membership (but didn't remove the scraping clause).
The leader of the coup wants me to scrape the emails from the directory.
Do you scrape?