[Mailman-Users] Mailing program

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Sun Feb 29 21:57:57 CET 2004

At 3:33 PM -0600 2004/02/28, ALexia Helfand wrote:

>  I'm looking for a program that will help me organize my mailings and I'm
>  wondering if Mailman is the answer.

	Don't know.  Let's take a look at your requirements.

>                                      I need to be able to add new people
>  to my lists,


>               have a tracking system so that I know how many people who
>  received the email actually read it,

	There is no mail system on the planet that will actually let you 
do this.  Send everyone to a web server where they are forced to log 
in, and you can track where they go.  Even if they "view" a page, you 
can't be sure that they actually read anything on it.

>                                       organize things so that I can send
>  one email to lots of people even though my mail server only allows me to
>  send to 45 people at a time.

	Not a problem.

>  Please let me know if Mailman is the answer. Also, would it have to be
>  installed on my host server,

	Depending on what they're running, this may not be a problem.

>                               or could it be installed on my PC?

	Depending on what your OS is, it could run on your PC.

>                                                                  If
>  mailman is not what I am looking for, pointing me in the right direction
>  would be greatly appreciated.

	For handling reasonable sized mailing lists, I don't know of any 
better freely available tool than Mailman.  There are commercial 
tools which may be better, but they cost money.

	But I don't see any way that any program on Earth can help you 
around this problem of being able to have a guarantee that you know 
exactly how many people received your message, and of them how many 
actually read it.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

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