[Mailman-Users] This is unixstuff warning

Amanda arandall at auntminnie.com
Wed Jun 13 20:29:44 CEST 2001

JC Dill wrote:

> I don't let clueless newbies tell me what they want me to do for
> them.  Period.  Occasionally someone tries to boss me around and gets
> roasted for their efforts.  I bet they won't try that again with the next
> list admin...  And if it keeps them off mailing lists entirely (go use some
> web board then), all the better.  If they don't care to learn netiquette
> and exhibit decent manners then mailing lists are better off without them.

Obviously your clueless ones are not your bread and butter. :-)  I deal with
doctors - and not just your typical family physicians, either, these are
hoity-toity specialists - and they sometimes really drive me batty. eg, They
call me by my first name, but expect me to address them as Dr. So-and-so. (I
don't play that game. If your first name is identified anywhere in your
message, I call you by your first name ... if not, you get mail addressed to
Dear Member) There's a big thing at the bottom of the daily letter that says
how to unsubscribe - but instead, they reply and say, Unsubscribe me or else.
(Or else what?, I'd like to know) Problem is, we walk a tightrope - can't be a
pushover and let them run amok, but can't go too far the other way and piss
them off, either, because ultimately it's their use of our stuff that pays our

What do I do? ::sigh:: Push the button and unsubscribe them.

Frankly, I don't have time to teach something technical to someone who's
leaving anyway. I spend my "teach them to fish" energy on the ones that stay.

What I want to know is, how can someone who runs filmless contrast-doppler
radiology equipment, or microneurosurgical tools, etc., complain that
unsubscribing from a freaking newsletter is "too technical" ?


you are now returned to your regularly scheduled whining...

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