I don't get insulted when people send me listserv commands, as long
as they send them to the -request address. Unless they ask for something
unusual, they get back an automatic reply from a shell script anyway.
For people who deal with lots of different lists, it's a lot of trouble
for them to remember how to unsubscribe from each one. I'm surprised
that they do as well as they do.
I'm not really surprised when people send mail to
If they use LISTSERVs where you come from (like BITNET), that's the
de facto standard way. The -request address convention comes
from a different community. As the Internet grows, several different
communities, each with its own conventions, are being merged.
So what we are seeing is due to cultural differences, nothing more.
p.s. I recently sent out a message to one of my lists reminding
people of how to unsubscribe, taking great care to emphasise
that the address was foo-REQUEST@cs.utk.edu (spelled as it is
here, with an extra "note the -REQUEST" part added.) That was
several weeks ago, and I'm still getting messages addressed to
foo-REQUEST@cs.utk.edu (with the REQUEST part uppercased, as
in my message to the list).
I think they got the point :-)