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RE: [Spam???] Get me off your list

From: NESTING, DAVID M \(SBCSI\) <dn3723@sbc.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 09:41:11 -0500
Message-ID: <F9AA3C54ED536543B5AD01648B6503BEE92A7E@MOSTLS1MSGUSR16.ITServices.sbc.com>
To: "Gayle Follmer" <gfollmer@dnr.state.ne.us>, <www-talk@w3.org>
Cc: <rogergarrett@thunderbirdtechnology.com>
(I sent this to the list so that any other subscribers that are here against their will will have unsubscribe instructions and we can end this thread now.)

I don’t mean any disrespect here, but this is a technical mailing list discussing implementations and standards produced by the W3C (http://www.w3.org/).  The list has been relatively idle for a number of weeks (months?), prior to the recent 503 discussion, so I can understand how some subscribers may have forgotten that they subscribed.

This is not “spam” and even though I’m not affiliated with the list management or the W3C, it’s kind of insulting to see that implication.  The W3C has not resorted to spamming in order to get its standards adopted.  If you are absolutely positive that you did not subscribe, then it’s likely someone you know has a twisted sense of humor and instead of signing you up for porn, they decided to sign you up for a technical discussion mailing list about web standards.  Go figure.

Like most mailing lists, ample information about the list and its request conventions are in the message headers:

List-Help: <http://www.w3.org/Mail/>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:www-talk-request@w3.org?subject=unsubscribe>

Follow the first link or send an e-mail to the second to get unsubscribed.

In addition, RFC2142 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2142.txt) specifies standard e-mail address formats for mailing list functions, so you should be able to infer the existence of www-talk-request@w3.org.  If you aren’t familiar with the unsubscribe syntax, messages to this address should result in a “help” response with all of the information you need.

In the future, when you subscribe to mailing lists, please keep the original welcome message around so that you can refer to it in the event you have any questions about the list.  Usually this message has explicit instructions for getting help or unsubscribing.  It can also serve as a reminder of what lists you are subscribed to.  This even works for mailing lists that you are subscribed to by someone else, since you'll get the initial welcome message just like any other subscriber.

If you believe that you were subscribed to this list without your knowledge, I would strongly suggest you contact the list owner so that they can track down how you got subscribed and you can take the issue to the offender to ensure it doesn’t happen again.  If you fail to do this, it’s likely that you will be subscribed to other mailing lists in the future.  If you do end up receiving welcome messages for other mailing lists in the future, please consider investigating how you got subscribed and if you don't want to be on the list, unsubscribe as soon as you receive that message.

Hope this helps.


-----Original Message-----
From: www-talk-request@w3.org [mailto:www-talk-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Gayle Follmer
Sent: Friday, 17 June, 2005 09:49
To: www-talk@w3.org
Subject: RE: [Spam???] Get me off your list

Me too!! I have tried unsuccessfully many times to get off this list.
Gayle Follmer 
Applications Developer 
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources 
301 Centennial Mall South 
Lincoln, NE 68509 
-----Original Message-----
From: www-talk-request@w3.org [mailto:www-talk-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of rogergarrett@thunderbirdtechnology.com
Sent: June 17, 2005 8:30 AM
To: www-talk@w3.org
Subject: [Spam???] Get me off your list
Recently I began receiving emails related to HTTP 503. I have no idea what that is and never signed up for any email list. PLease take me off your list.
- Roger Garrett
Received on Wednesday, 22 June 2005 14:41:26 UTC

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