At 12:12 PM 1/15/96 -0500, you wrote:
>> At 10:58 AM 1/15/96 -0500, you wrote:
>> >Chan writes:
>> >> Uh, Majordomo already does this. Turn "administravia" on for the
>> >> desired list, and it will catch those messages before they go out to
>> >> the list.
>> >This is sort of true. If the word "help" is anywhere in the first four
>> >lines of the message, or any other "administrative" word, then the
>> >message gets bounced to the list owner. It does not automatically
>> >process subscribe and unsubscribe requests sent to the list, as Wade
>> >suggested. I agree with Wade that this would be a good thing.
>> So if someone sends a message that says "I'm so mad at Newsweek I'm
>> going to unsubscribe" you want them removed from the list, without your
>> even seeing the original erroneous request?
>What I want is that if someone sends a message to the list that says
>"please unsubscribe me" or "unsubscribe" and that's all in the first
>line then they get unsubbed. And, I don't like the current behavior
>of searching through the first four lines of the message for
>administrivia. It catches about 90% false positives. The rest of
>your ranting is in reaction to the straw man you set up, so I'll
I'd say that about 10% of the misaddressed requests I get say "unsubscribe"
or "unsubscribe <listname>" or "please unsubscribe me"... the vast majority
say "i need to unsubscribe from this list" or "I am changing service providers
so unsubscribe me" or the ever-popular "just unsubscribe <listname> on a line
by itself". Your tests would never catch those.
Your argument seems to me not unlike:
"Many people mistake = for == in C programming, so why not
make them equivalent?"
People need to learn to use the protocols and standards that exist.
As for the "90% false positives" bit: that is known as giving the CORRECT
user the benefit of the doubt. It seems to me like you are setting up
tools to make life easier for the improperly-behaving user. Education,
not sloppiness, is the answer.
You can, of course, always do what we do here with misdirected admin
requests: ignore them.
What would you do with
His postings are making me nuts!
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