[Mailman-Users] What is the difference between welcome.msg and subscribeack.txt

JB jebva at yahoo.com
Fri May 13 20:10:34 EDT 2016

I always thought that the difference was that the acknowledge was sent when a new user requested to subscribe (to acknowledge the request and the new user to verify it) and that the welcome message was sent after the new user completed the subscribe process in its entirety as set up by the list owner.  This is what the names would indicate to me anyway.

On Fri, 5/13/16, Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] What is the difference between welcome.msg and subscribeack.txt
 To: mailman-users at python.org
 Date: Friday, May 13, 2016, 12:03 PM
 On 5/9/16 5:55 AM, Henrik Rasmussen
 > Both can be edited by the list admin from the admin
 webinterface in General Options -> welcome_msg and "HTML
 Page Editing" -> "Welcome email text file",
 > What is the difference between the welcome_msg text box
 and the subscribeack.txt and why would you, as list admin,
 edit one over the other?
 Historically, the ability to edit the subscribeack.txt
 template via the
 admin UI was added in Mailman 2.1.6. Prior to that there was
 only the
 welcome_msg to customize the welcome message.
 The difference is welcome_msg is a list attribute, whereas a
 subscribeack.txt template is a list and language specific
 welcome_msg is simpler to edit and is part of the list's
 but is only in the list's preferred language.
 subscribeack.txt is more complex to edit, but allows editing
 of more
 that just the 'welcome' paragraph. Also, by changing the
 preferred_language via the web UI (or directly editing the
 directory, see <https://wiki.list.org/x/4030605>), it
 is possible to
 have list specific versions of this template in different
 languages for
 multi-language lists. but these templates are part of the
 instalation itself rather than list attributes.
 The bottom line is it probably doesn't matter which you use
 if the
 welcome_msg is sufficient and if you don't need multiple
 languages, but
 if a list is 'moved' to a different installation, the
 welcome_msg will
 go with it ans the subscribeack.txt template(s) won't.
 Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> 
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