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From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:43:22 +0000
Message-ID: <4F3FB90A.9020807@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Inga Kovalevskaya wrote:
> I'd like to unsubscribe from this forum. 
> Could you please organise it for me?
Like nearly all such mailing lists, un-subscription, like subscription 
is a self service process.  You will have received instructions on how 
to do it when you first subscribed, but if you have lost them, they are 
summarised in the headers of every message on the list (also standard 
current practice), thus:

List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org?subject=unsubscribe>

I.e.  you send a message to the list name, with "-request" appended, 
with "unsubscribe" as the subject.  The only other common convention for 
non-marketing lists is to send plain text email with "unsubscribe" at 
the start of the message.

If this fails, and the only normal reason for this is that your email 
address has changed and mail is being forwarded to a new address, the 
standard convention is that mail to <listname>-owner will reach the 
human responsible for maintaining the list, who is not necessarily 
reading the list themselves.

The headers also describe how to obtain help:

List-Help: <http://www.w3.org/Mail/>

 > Dear w3c Customer Service Support Team.

I doubt there is such a thing, and you are not their customer.  It is 
likely that only one person is responsible for maintaining the list.

David Woolley
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
Received on Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:43:54 UTC

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