[Mailman-Users] Allowing users to join without specifying passwords

Mark Roedel MarkRoedel at letu.edu
Fri Jun 15 20:21:58 CEST 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chuq Von Rospach [mailto:chuqui at plaidworks.com]
> Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 1:04 PM
> To: Mark Roedel
> Cc: Chuq Von Rospach; Norbert Bollow; mailman-users at python.org
> Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Allowing users to join without specifying
> passwords
>> Interesting idea, but I wonder how well it'd work in actual 
>> practice.  Do we really want anybody at aol.com to be able to
>> act on behalf of anyone else in that domain?
> for subscribes? definitely not. For unsubscribes? Sure. The 
> exposure of risk is trivial compared to the aggravation of
> hassle to a user who wants off a list, and is told "first,
> jump through this hoop"

I hope I've made clear at some point that I've got no quarrel with this
idea.  I'm all for the addition of new features (assuming, of course,
that they're configurable at some level -- I for one wouldn't mind
seeing it as a list-by-list option, similar to the "what steps are
required for subscription" setting on the privacy options).

Presumably, we'd also under most circumstances generate a farewell
message when someone was removed from a list.  That'd serve the dual
purpose of confirming a successful unsubscribe for someone who was doing
it legitimately and also notifying them if it was actually happening
behind their back.  (Does this already happen?  I see that there's a
"text sent to people leaving the list" option, but it's not immediately
apparent to me how and where that text would be presented...)

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