>Andrew PRUSEK <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>... Right now, I'd be happy if people just _used_ the
>-request address. If we can't educate them enough to do that, getting them
>to use a particular syntax or format for an administrative request is going
>to be totally hopeless.
The first commandment for mailing list usage should be:
Thou shalt use <listname>-request to join a list, leave a list, or
find out how the list works.
And the first commandment for mailing list management should be:
Thou shalt set up <listname>-request to receive requests and
either process them (manually or automatically) or to a return
detailed information on how to use the list manager software and
contact the list owner.
Forget about standardizing the sub/unsub/etc commands...it's a bad
idea, and it'll never happen. Instead, standardize the interface at a
higher level that's compatible with all list management approaches in
common use today.
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Workstation Support as it is for me to tell someone they have
spinach on their teeth. --Paula Poundstone