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Subject: Re: integrated delivery system
From: mark david mcCreary <mdm @ mail-list . com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 09:15:37 +0100
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . com

At the risk of offering additional opinions, without having read all the
previous messages, I will mention that I like the following email commands
for consumers to operate lists with. While a web interface is a nice
option, a mailing list is always going to need to be operated with email
messages at a minimum.


    list-request    address handles the subscribe/unsubscribe commands, and
                    sends back a help message with complete instructions
                    when it is confused.


    list-on         Accepts messages and reformats the message into
                    the standard subscribe message for a Smartlist
                    list.  Ignores the subject line and body of
                    the incoming message.  Sends the formatted
                    message to the standard list-request address.


    list-off        Accepts messages and reformats the message
                    into the standard unsubscribe message for a
                    Smartlist list.  Ignores the subject line and
                    body of the incoming message.  Sends the
                    formatted message to the standard list-request
                    address.


    list-change     Allows existing subscribers to change their
                    email address by sending in one command.  The
                    requestor needs to put the opposite address in
                    the Subject line.  That is, if the requestor
                    is sending from their new address, they put
                    their old address in the Subject line.  If the
                    requestor is sending from their existing
                    address, their new address goes into the
                    Subject line.  This script checks the dist
                    file, and formats the appropriate messages to
                    subscribe and unsubscribe the addresses.


    list-switch     Allows existing subscribers to switch between
                    list and list-d, and back again.  The subject
                    line and body of the message are ignored.
                    This script checks the dist file, and formats
                    the appropriate messages to subscribe and
                    unsubscribe the addresses.


    list-vacation   Allows existing subscribers to toggle between
                    the vacation and distribution list.  While on the
                    vacation list, the subscriber will not receive any
                    messages posted to the list.

    list-help       Returns the help message for the list.

    list-html       Allows existing subscribers to designate that they
                    want email messages delivered in HTML format.

    list-text       Allows existing subscribers to designate that they
                    want email messages in a plain text format.





Where list is replaced by the name of the list (i.e. list-managers in this
case).

I have produced a procmail package, with the help of many talented
programmers on the Procmail list, that implements the above commands, as a
front-end to a mailing list.

This package accepts the incoming email message, reformats it into commands
understandable by the MLM, and re-mails it. It is designed for Smartlist
lists, although I expect it could be tweaked for other types of MLM's.

This package is available for free, under the GNU license, at ftp.mail-list.com

mark





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