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Unsubscribing hack

From: Roger Harris <rh@nationalfinder.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 14:50:28 +0100
Message-Id: <200106261548.f5QFmln28606@scooby.lineone.net>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Cc: "Brian Mc Cashin" <brian@softwaresolutions.ie>
Tuesday 26th June 2001
Dear Brian McCashin,

You wrote, concerning unsubscribing:
>This can be done from an address different from the one you subscribed

If I send a message 'unsubscribe brian@softwaresolutions.ie' to
from an e-mail anonymising service, will that action unsubscribe you? If
so, then in theory 
I should be able to unsubscribe without trace every subscriber who has
posted to the list.

Please confirm.

Is this feature a bug or an enhancement?


Roger Harris.  

From: Brian Mc Cashin <brian@softwaresolutions.ie>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Unsubscribing
Date: 26 June 2001 9:56

My one and only contribution to the list before unsubscribing myself : 

W3C Mailing List Administrativia 
All mailing list administrativia MUST be sent to a *-request address (per
RFC2142), never to the list itself. For www-html@w3.org, for example, send
mailing list requests to www-html-request@w3.org. Mail sent to the
*-request address can have one of the following words in the Subject

  Subscribe to the list. Note, that you won't get an acknowledgement if you
are already subscribed - call it a bug or a feature - this is how our
listserver works! If you want to subscribe under a different address, use a
Reply-To header in the message. 
  Unsubscribe from the list. This can be done from an address different
from the one you subscribed from. 
  Get information about the mailing list. 
  archive help 
  Get information about the list archive(s). All our mailing lists are
archived and most archives are accessible from the Web 
Most (un)subscription requests are processed automatically without human
intervention. Do not send multiple (un)subscription or info requests in one
mail. Only one will be processed per mail. 

The *-request server usually does quite a good job in discriminating
between (un)subscribe requests and messages intended for the maintainer. If
you for some reason would like to make sure a human reads your message,
make it look like a reply (i.e. the first word in the "Subject:" field
should be "Re:", without the quotes of course); the *-request server does
not react to replies. 
Received on Tuesday, 26 June 2001 11:49:01 UTC

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