At 6:03 AM -0700 10/18/97, Mark Rauterkus wrote:
> The problem:
> I want to send one message to every subscriber who is on any of my MJ
> listz. I don't want to send one-message to every list -- as that badgers
> those who hold multiple subscriptions.
> Today's Status:
> I think this works. I've done a bit of testing. Perhaps there is a better
> way too. ??
I wish you luck. I think you'll need this.
I tried this one. I figured I'd do users a favor and send out one
message per user instead of one per subscription, by creating a magic
admin non-list and merging all of the addresses in.
It was a total, unmitigated disaster. I spent an amazing amount of time
being yelled at by users who wanted off the list, and who got hostile
when I told them it wasn't possible. It was a running rangewar all over
the place, I got easily 10-15X the hatemail over doing this that I ever
got over monthly admin postings.
So after a few months, I threw in the towel and shut it down, and went
back to having a message per list admin note. And -- guess what? -- all
of the guys who ripped me for the admin list shut up, and stopped
screaming at me.
Yes, I explained -- IN THE MESSAGE -- what was going on and why, and
yes, I explained that this list didn't really exist and they couldn't
get off of it because it didn't exist. Didn't matter. They insisted on
being able to get their names off it anyway, and wouldn't take no for
I hope you have better luck than I did. Be a cold day before I try this
one again. It brought out all of the jerks, and I don't need that kind
of response for trying to cut down on the mail clutter in people's
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