[Mailman-Users] unsubscribing without password?

JustinHoMi at aol.com JustinHoMi at aol.com
Sat Aug 3 18:44:42 CEST 2002

Yeah, I understand this, but it's too much of a hassle for users to have to retrieve their password like this. Not everyone is as computer savvy as you might think... all of the people on my list are international students. Most don't speak english well, and many of them will never of even used a computer before they arrived in the US. Other listservs make it very simple to unsubscribe... with majordomo, you just send an email with "unsubscribe <listname>" to a certain address. Ezmlm is even easier than that... just send any email to the unsubscribe address. The chances are SLIM that you'll accidentally unsubscribe yourself. They're even slimmer that some evil fool will try to unsubscribe you. I love mailman... it's by far my favorite listserv, but this one issue is keeping me from using it. :(


In a message dated Sat, 3 Aug 2002 6:59:51 AM Eastern Standard Time, "Support Desk" <cprg at cprg.net> writes:

>The password requirement is for subscriber protection, both, against getting
>subscribed unwillingly, and getting dropped inadvertently. Mailman, by
>automatically sends the password every month, so users are constantly
>of password. If you "add" everyone, say, on the 25th of a month, then, on
>the 1st
>day of subsequent months, they receive their reminder. Those who **really**
>don't want to be on the list will make the effort to follow the unsubscribe
>instructions. If you include the links to "list info" and unsubscribe
>in the header or footer of every message, they should be able to leave and
>change by simple steps.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <JustinHoMi at aol.com>
>To: <mailman-users at python.org>
>Sent: Saturday, August 03, 2002 4:35 AM
>Subject: [Mailman-Users] unsubscribing without password?
>| Hi. I've recently installed mailman, and would like to use it so that our
>organization can send announcements to the subscriber list. All of the users
>are added by us... it will be rare that anyone subscribes themself. But
>users will be unsubscribing thereselves. So, when someone wants to
>unsubscribe, it makes it a hassle for them to go and find their password
>since they didn't create it in the first place. Is there any simple way for
>a user to unsubscribe without their password? I noticed that 2.1 is in beta,
>but I saw no changelog, so I'm not sure if something like this has been
>implemented yet.
>| Thanks,
>| Justin

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