[Mailman-Developers] Re: feature reminder: no unsubscribe (Christopher Kolar)

Ken Manheimer klm@digicool.com
Fri, 21 Apr 2000 14:01:33 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 21 Apr 2000 Christopher Kolar <ckolar@admin.aurora.edu> wrote:

> I am setting up some more course mail lists and I remembered to check on 
> our testbed box for a feature that a bunch of people requested in the past: 
> that a mail list have a setting that subscribers cannot remove themselves 
> without admin approval.  This was sought for situations (like a class) 
> where you don't want people to be able to opt out.
> I did not find this in 2b1, is it implemented?  Maybe just as something to 
> drop into the config file instead of through the web?  If not, is there a 
> chance that it can get into the 2.0 code?  Thanks much.

My apologies if this has already been hashed out to everyone's
satisfaction, but i would be nervous about how this particular feature
would be subject to abuse.

I suppose, on the one hand, that spammers and the like could just use
something else - bare mailling list aliases, for that matter - to get
their captive audiences.  On the other hand, i wouldn't want mailman to be
the tool of choice for capturing audiences.  Might notifications of
deenlistment, with the ease of forcing reenlistment, be sufficient?

Not adamant, but wary,

Ken Manheimer