[ mailman-Bugs-2081096 ] Misleading text

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Bugs item #2081096, was opened at 2008-08-28 13:37
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Category: (un)subscribing
Group: None
Status: Closed
Resolution: Fixed
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: m1ss1ontomars (m1ss1ontomars)
Assigned to: Mark Sapiro (msapiro)
Summary: Misleading text

Initial Comment:
Mailman is used at UC Berkeley for mailing list management. Unfortunately, many students (not me, obviously) are being confused by what appears to be a standard introductory text:

"To post to this list, send your email to:"

At least two people thought that they should send their email address to the given address in order to join the mailing list, thus spamming everyone on the list.

I suggest that this be changed to:

"To post to this list, send the email to:"

Or basically anything other than what is currently standard.


>Comment By: m1ss1ontomars (m1ss1ontomars)
Date: 2008-08-28 21:10

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Yeah, thanks; that sums it up nicely. At any rate I tried to send an email
to whoever maintains Mailman; hopefully someone who can do something knows
how to fix it.


Comment By: Mark Sapiro (msapiro)
Date: 2008-08-28 19:53

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I assume you are talking about the text in the "welcome" email sent to new

I will change this to "To post to this list, send your message to:" for
Mailman 2.2.

In the mean time, note that any list admin can change this text and
anything else in the welcome email for the list by going to the list admin
-> Edit the public HTML pages and text files link and editing the Welcome
email text file. In addition, the Mailman site admin can follow the
instructions at <http://wiki.list.org/x/jYA9> and make a site wide version
of the subscribeack.txt template (the welcome message).


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