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Family Garden Trains e-Mail Newsletter Signup Sheet
A Note from Paul Race, our Editor-in-Chief: Family Garden Trains started answering beginner's questions in the 1990s. We started our newsletter a few years later for loyal readers who wanted to be notified of any new articles or updates.
For a long time we sent out e-mail newsletters to anyone who gave us a name and e-mail address, without making sure they were real people giving us their real names, etc. But letting people sign up anonymously or with fake information caused several kinds of hassles* for us and for our legitimate readers, wasting countless hours we would rather use working on projects or creating content.
So now we REQUIRE people who sign up for our newsletters to give us real information, including your address and real name. No one else will ever see it, but I would rather have forty real readers who are interested in our content and updates than thousands of names that I'm not even sure are real or not.
New Internet Requirements for European Readers In the meantime, new regulations in Europe require us to make doubly sure that our European members really meant to sign up and didn't just get signed up by accident. They also require anyone who has European members to explain exactly how their information is used. We've done that all along, and will continue to do so. However, we have tweaked the Q&A below slightly to make certain we are in compliance.
Will People Start Bothering Me?
Unlike 99.9% of the mailing lists out there, we will not start deluging you with daily "special offers." No salesman will call. Your contact information will not be given to anyone else. No unsolicited advertisements or other spam will be e-mailed to you.
What does the Family Garden Trains™ Newsletter Contain?
Our newsletters may contain:
How Often Does the Family Garden Trains™ Newsletter Come?
Our original plan was to send a newsletter once a month. But sometimes life gets in the way and we have to skip a month or more. We will never send you more than one newsletter every four weeks.
Will the Mailing List be used for Anything Else?
If our team members are participating in a garden or model railroading event that is in your region, we may give you a heads-up about that by e-mail. However we almost never remember to do that, so you're probably safe on that score. :-)
How Will I Know if I'm On the Right List?A few days after you sign up, we will try to send you a reply including our most recent newsletter as a "test" to make certain that the address you give us is correct. This will also give you a chance to determine if the newsletter contains the kind of information you wish to continue receiving.
How Much Does the Family Garden Trains™ Newsletter Cost?
At this time, it is free. However, if we continue to have trouble with fake signups, we may start charging a nominal fee of $1 an issue - that's the only thing we have found that keeps all scammers and spammers away; they never spend their own money.
We have set up a PayPal button on the next page in case you want to start supporting us this way now. But if you sign up now with accurate and complete information, you will continue to get the newsletter for free indefinitely.
What Happens if I Unsubscribe?We understand that interests change and life takes unexpected turns. If you prefer to stop receiving our newsletter for any reason at all, please let us know using the "Unsubscribe" link we include near the top of each issue. We will try to take you off our mailing list before the next newsletter comes out. As always, you may continue to access all of our articles absolutely free and to contact us with any question at all, whether or not you are "on our list."
Usually we put your e-mail address in a sort of "do not call" file so if someone tries to resubscribe you later, we know to make extra sure the request is deliberate.
If you request that we remove all trace of your information from our systems and files, we can do that for you as well. In fact, if you live in Europe, that's the ordinary procedure. Just promise you won't get upset if you accidentally subscribe again and start getting newsletters (yes, it has happened, several times).
What About US Mail Options
In addition, we occasionally have the opportunity to send information by US mail (usually once a year or less). This may include information of regional interest or product catalogs supplied by our advertisers. If you want to occasionally receive such mailings, please check the "yes" box after the US mail question. Again, we will not sell or give this information to anyone else, but if a manufacturer such as PIKO or MTH gives us materials to send out to our readers, we will forward them to you. We don't have a "US mail" version of the newsletter, though.
What if I Have Other Questions?
Please contact us with any questions about the newsletter. If you have questions about garden railroading topics, please put them into the comment box in the form below.
Thanks, and happy railroading,
Kinds of problems that result from not establishing if folks on our mailing list were real people:
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