How to best send email to a low volume list?

Adam Lanier adam at krusty.madoff.com
Wed Oct 24 19:17:33 CEST 2007


On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 16:54 +0000, chris wrote:
> I need to maintain a list of subscribers to an email list for a
> "newsletter" that will be sent via a web form probably once a month.
> I anticipate low numbers--tens to maybe one hundred subscribers at the
> most.  Just curious what the best way to code this is.  Should I just
> loop through the addresses and send one-off emails to each, or is it
> better to somehow send to every recipient in one shot?  One thing I
> would like to avoid in the latter scenario is each recipient being
> able to see the entire list of recipients.  Also don't want to trigger
> any kind of spam thing on my web host by sending out too many emails.
> 
> Anyway, any tips appreciated.
> 
> Thanks,
> Chris
> 

Before you reinvent the wheel, you should look into using a mailing list
manager, Mailman for example:

http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/index.html

Regardless, confirmed double-opt-in should be a requirement as should a
mechanism for subscribers to unsubscribe themselves.

Using a 'list address' as the from address and using bcc addressing will
prevent your recipients from being able to see all the other recipient
addresses.




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