On 3 Dec 97 at 12:45, Mitch Collinsworth puddy cat purred:
> >variety of uns*bscribe mechanisms on difft lists really confuses folks,
> >so I'm setting up mechanisms to allow ppl to mail to
> >"listname-off @
server" to uns*b. People can understand that.
> Oh great. There are too many different uns*b mechanisms out there and
> people are getting being confused by it, so your solution is to invent
> yet another one. Yah, I follow that logic. (not)
Point taken :) But I don't think you're right, prob cos I didn't
explain myself very well:
1/ the listname-off idea is not a new invention -- there's software
that does it already. I reckon its the best of the existing crop,
and I'm just hacking our setup to support it.
2/ All it needs by way of instructions is "To leave the list, send any
mail to listname-off @
server". The minimal accurate instruction for
the conventioonal command sybtax takes a paragraph to explain, and
generally an example too.
3/ The listname-off @
server address can be implemented as a URL in a
webpage -- one click and you're done -- or in the modern MUAs that
allow clickable URLs -- and in mailers such as Pegasus it can even
be incoporated into the headers.
Pegasus recognises List-Subscribe: and List-Unsubscribe headers, and
offers a clickable, menu-driven, easily understood way of leaving
the list. It's very neat, and it's not only Pegasus that
supports it. I don't generally like non-standards, but because
this one is buried in the headers, it's invisible to anyone whose
mailer MUA doesn't support it, so it seems reasonably harmless.
Claire McNab -- Claire @