27 Apr 1998 27 Apr '98
"S" == Scott email@example.com writes:
S> i'd like to make it impossible for a S> person to subscribe some other unconsenting person to a S> mailling list.
...while still allowing someone to subscribe to a list using a perfectly valid alternative address. Scott, I haven't seen your patches, but I know that other ML managers handle this in a useful way. They will send a confirmation email to the alternative address that contains a partially random string. The user need only reply to the message and include verbatim this string.
This seems like a small hurdle to impose given the important nature of this defense. A small explanation included with the email (along with a link to a detailed Web page) would go a long way to easing any inconvenience.
S> the only reason i can think of is that people don't want S> subscribing to involve two steps. i don't personally find this S> valid given the nature of folks to abuse such services.
I highly agree!