[Mailman-Users] managing pending subscriptions and confirmations
Jan at Bytesmiths.com
Sun Feb 3 22:42:04 CET 2008
I seem to be gathering a fair number of unrequited pending
subscriptions on several mailing lists. I see them by grepping for
"pending" in /var/log/mailman/subscribe, and then checking for
corresponding "new" entries. I did this after one of my hosting
clients complained that people were subscribing to her newsletter, but
weren't actually getting added to the mailing list.
These are "real" subscription requests -- not spammers or other trash.
They are primarily people who have asked to subscribe, and then they
were sent to the sign-up page. Many of them are relatively
unsophisticated Internet users.
I have successfully gone through the subscription process with several
alias addresses, so I know that it works -- at least from within my LAN.
I can only surmise that the confirmation messages are languishing in
people's spam mailbox.
One of my clients is considering using a paid service called "Constant
Contact" (http://www.constantcontact.com) because they claim they can
get through people's spam filters.
Any clues, hints, or techniques for having mailman self-subscriptions
without getting the confirmation stuck in spam filters?
I tried using the "listname-join" email address technique, but the
confirmation comes back as from "listname-request", so it seems spam
filters that allow replies to addresses previously sent to won't help
here. Is there a way to make the "From:" address "listname-join"
instead? (This should not cause any problems, because "Reply-To:"
would still be "listname-request".)
Any other thoughts or comments welcome!
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:::: Jan Steinman <http://www.EcoReality.org> ::::
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