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1999\03\04@001408 by Tjaart van der Walt

Mark Willis wrote:
> I'm thinking I should change in the Mini-Faq from:
> > Send a message to spam_OUTLISTSERVTakeThisOuTspamMITVMA.MIT.EDU (DO NOT SEND TO
> > .....PICLISTKILLspamspam@spam@MITVMA.MIT.EDU)
> >
> > with the following text in the BODY of the message (not the TITLE):
> >

>   I've seen a web page that another mailing list I'm on uses to
> subscribe and unsubscribe people to/from that list, that's a possibility
> here, something we could link into the FAQ perhaps (I'll have to read up
> here, won't I?)
>   Mark

I would gladly post such a FAQ, and (un)subscribing
form on my web page.

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1999\03\04@061432 by Alan Nickerson

There are SUBSCRIBE  and UNSUBSCRIBE instructions on the PICList Web Archive
page at


{Original Message removed}

1999\03\04@094929 by Dave Evans

I feel that a lot of the improperly addressed
unsubscribe messages are not from people
who entered the wrong address.

They merely clicked on "reply" in a
message that they had received from
the list.

Perhaps a specific warning that this
won't work would be appropriate, along
with the other messages that have
been suggested.


> {Original Message removed}

1999\03\04@150634 by Gerhard Fiedler

picon face
At 06:13 03/04/99 -0500, Alan Nickerson wrote:
>There are SUBSCRIBE  and UNSUBSCRIBE instructions on the PICList Web Archive
>page at

this -- or any other faq -- doesn't or wouldn't help much if the link to
the faq is not appended to each message sent to the list, i guess.


1999\03\04@215547 by Bob Drzyzgula

(I still haven't resubscribed as "", sorry)

Dave raises a good point. I must say that I have often
been frustrated by the fact that the PICLIST inserts a
Reply-To: that directs all responses only to the list.
This makes it somewhat more difficult to reply to only
the sender of a message, for example.

Perhaps if the default reply-to was something else, there
would be less nonsense on the list. Here's one suggestion:
Change the logic in the list server such that, for this
message, had I gotten around to changing my subscription
:-) Reply-To: would get set to:

 Reply-To: PICLIST at MITVMA.MIT.EDU comma bob at <piclist-faq@mi>

Where piclist-faq would simply echo back to the sender a
message explaining various things like how to unsubscribe,
how to edit the To: line to do what you probably wanted,
etc. Then, regular posters would know what to do, it would
become more clear when you were posting to the list and
when you were sending a private response, and bozos would
simply get their stuff thrown back at them along with a
small bit of polite clue assistance.

Just an idea.


On Thu, Mar 04, 1999 at 06:46:43AM -0800, Dave Evans wrote:
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Bob Drzyzgula                             It's not a problem                until something bad happens

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