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Subject: Re: Unsubscribing 3rd party from various lists?
From: bill @ celestial . com (Bill Campbell)
Organization: Celestial Software, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 08:49:02 -0700 (PDT)
To: jms @ tardis . Tymnet . COM (Joe Smith)
Cc: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <9608012332 . AA12465 @ tardis . tymnet . com> from "Joe Smith" at Aug 1, 96 04:32:49 pm
Reply-to: bill @ Celestial . COM

>Forgive me if this is off-topic, but I am looking for information on how a
>sysadmin can deal with cancelled users that were on various mailing lists.
>Here is something that comes up all the time:
>  An employee leaves the company, his account is cancelled, and then
>  the postmaster of the local system starts getting notification of
>  bounce messages.

I've had some of our ISP customers ask this same question, and my
thought is to create a dead-user alias for deleted accounts, and
process that alias with a deliver script (or procmail if that suits
you better).  This script would look at the headers and send a message
back to the list manager saying that this account is no longer on the
systems in such a manner that the list manager will be sure that it's
really a bad account and not just another mailer glitch where
somebody's screwed up their alias file.  Once this message goes out, I
would add the list-manager/email-address into a database so that only
one messages goes out.  The script would then just drop the mail into
/dev/null for this and any subsequent messages.

So far, I haven't had time to do this, (or to ask this list if
somebody's already done something similar :-).

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