Mike Morse wrote (a week ago):
> > In message <9407011615.AA11522@dokoka>, Alan Stebbens writes:
> > >> I think NOMAIL is a totally redundant feature on a list with open
> > >> subscription and unsubscription, but I'm about ready to add it in anyway
> > >> just to lower the incoming mail volume.
> We should hear from someone who knows LISTSERV about exactly why these
> features exist
I'm just catching up on my email, but I don't see an answer down there.
My best guess is that it's handy for lists that have a long approval
process. The case that applies to Majordomo is lists that require
approval before a subscription is accepted: a NOMAIL option means that
the list owner doesn't have to approve a subscription again before the
subscriber can get back on the list.
Some LISTSERV setups make you send two or three separate mail messages
to join a list. One is a statement that explains your background and
interests and why you should be allowed to join the list. Another is
a reply to a confirmation that makes sure mail is getting through to
you. In cases like these, NOMAIL is a big win.
I'm not sure that Majordomo has enough closed lists that a NOMAIL option
makes sense for it. But it might, in some cases.
--Jerry Peek, email@example.com