mckemie at access4less.net
Fri Apr 25 19:32:11 CEST 2003
After operating several mailman newsletters for several months, I just
became aware that subscribers find unsubscribing a daunting task. They
can not do it without their password and they don't know their
password. They end up asking me, as list owner, to do it. I am looking
for ways to make it easier for them. Newsletters go out about once a
week and I do not wish to burden them with periodic password
notification. With my previous maillist software, I just told my
potential subscribers (and unsubscribers) to put "subscribe" or
"unsubscribe" in a message to <listname>-request@<domain>. That worked
very well for me and I would like mailman to operate as simply. Here
are the things I have thought of to deal with this mailman problem:
1) do away with all user passwords. The FAQ tells me that that is not
2) set all user passwords to the same and then make it public. This
seems to involve mailman configuration beyond my access. I am the
client of a hosting service and do not have the site password and I
don't expect my host to be willing to spend much time on the problem.
3) send the user password in reply to an unsuccessful unsubscribe or
help request and then tell them what to do with it. Can anyone tell me
how to do that?
4) reply to a confirmation email. It seems to me that the unsubscribe
procedure could operate as simply and be as secure as the subscribe
procedure. That is, in response to a unsubsribe email, a reply
required confirmation email could be sent to the subscriber's address.
Is that feasible?
5) Anyone have any other ideas?
A few months ago, I posted here queries on several configuration
issues; replies allowed me to get my footers straightened out get html
posts rejected. One outstanding issue is access to the subscriber
lists. With my previous maillist, I was able to ftp to and from my
subscriber lists. That gave me a sense of comfort, knowing that I was
not completely dependent on my host. I realize I can cut and paste
each batch of 30 subscribers from the administration web interface, but
I find that pretty tedious. Help?
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