[Mailman-Users] Mass subscribe blunder
adam-mailman at amyl.org.uk
Tue Sep 1 22:35:18 CEST 2009
On Tue, Sep 01, 2009 at 02:51:45PM -0500, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:
> I just did a mass Subscribe (288 address) for a list where I had
> intended to do a mass Invite.
> I'm hopeful that I will be able to explain and apologize to anyone who
> complains to me, but I fear that I won't have that opportunity and
> will get blocked by the likes of AoL right off the bat.
> Any advice is welcome.
Be pre-emptive/pro-active and mail the people you sub'd explaining
that you meant to invite them to join the list, but human error caused
them to be subscribed; that the list is low-traffic/announcements from
the school only (or whatever). Provide a link to *their* options page,
along with something like:
"I understand if you want to unsubscribe -- you can so do via
(It's the sort of thing I'd grep the subscribe log for, and then let
some perl/bash mail each person, giving them their customized URIs.)
If you didn't send a welcome message, a slightly cheeky option is to
unsub (without notification), and invite the folks.
a complete list of a few k subscribers, rather than the individual you
thought you were sending it to: there's a reason my external lists are
set to require all posts to be approved, even those from staff.)
``A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in
human history -- with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.''
(Mitch Ratcliffe, in `Technology Review', 1992)
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