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Re: Help Unsubscribing

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 22:12:23 -0500
Message-Id: <200201150312.WAA4503399@smtp1.mail.iamworld.net>
To: "Brigan, Kell" <kbrigan@water.ca.gov>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 10:55 AM 2002-01-14 , Brigan, Kell wrote:
>Can anyone help me unsubscribe from this list? (Nothing personal; just too
much traffic. I wouldn't bug the list with this, except that I really need to
cut the traffic in my In box.)
>I tried sending an "unsubscribe" message to "w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org", but
this apparently didn't work, and it looks like I inadvertently zapped the intro

I bet you put the 'unsubscribe' in the body of the message.  This particular
list manager takes commands in the message Subject: line.

I am surprised that if your attempt didn't meet with the expectations of the
list processor that you didn't get back an informational message containing
sufficient instructions to get you off the list.  Or did you write a subject
line starting with 'Re:' ?  Messages with reply subject lines get sidetracked
for human review.  That's catch #17.

Anyhow, for everyone's reference, there is a discussion of the unsubscribe
magic words at


I guess it did take me four clicks to get there after starting at /WAI/.

copied below is the reply I got from w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org when I sent
(just now) an intentionally malformed admin request, so as to trigger the error
recovery response.

This is actually the most universal gesture for list processors.  If you can
manage to figure out the administrative mail address, send a known bad command
message and it should send back the help page, or at least a message containing
instructions as to how to get the help page, and you are on your way to fame
and fortune.


Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 21:55:08 -0500 (EST)
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
Message-Id: <200201150255.VAA00552@www19.w3.org>
To: asgilman@iamdigex.net
Subject: Re: let's see what this brings
References: <200201150255.VAA3945249@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
In-Reply-To: <200201150255.VAA3945249@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
X-Loop: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

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