At 2:37 AM -0400 10/14/99, John R Levine wrote:
> I put the cookie in the subject line, e.g.
> Subject: (wkjewk) Your subscription to the foob list
> We've received a subscription request ...
> That seems to help a lot, then all they have to do is put the "yes" in the
> body. I don't just accept any response with the cookie in the subject line,
> that's too easily spoofed by autoresponses, bounces, and broken vacation
I like that approach. I'd also consider replacing the "yes" with a
blank message, since that locks out the autoresponses and stuff, and
requires a minimal conscious response. Even something as simple as
"send back yes" will confuse some users, and you have to ddeal with
included reply messages, ">", quotes around the word yes, and all
that other stuff users do to try to be helpful....
> Well, sure. If the URLs are compact enough, you can stick them in the
> message footers.
which I've done on my lists (non-customized) for a long time. One of
the best hacks I've ever found, since users don't read those "twice a
month help files" anyway. The ones that keep them around don't need
them re-mailed, the ones that do won't wait for them, and putting the
basic info in a short footer solves the problems for both -- it's
there when they need it, but not obtrusive.
Going to a fully customized, verped setup is really high on my priority...
Chuq Von Rospach - Plaidworks Consulting (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Apple Mail List Gnome (mailto:email@example.com)
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