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Subject: Re: Confirmation Required
From: "Ronald F. Guilmette" <rfg @ monkeys . com>
Date: Fri, 05 May 2000 10:22:40 -0700
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: Your message of Fri, 05 May 2000 08:07:15 -0700. <Pine . BSI . 4 . 10 . 10005050804200 . 14832-100000 @ castro . queernet . org>

In message <Pine .
 BSI .
 4 .
 10 .
 10005050804200 .
 14832-100000 @
 castro .
 queernet .
 org>,
"Roger B.A. Klorese" <rogerk @
 QueerNet .
 ORG> wrote:

>On Fri, 5 May 2000, murr rhame wrote:
>> I will not allow anyone to use my mailing lists as a vengeance
>> weapon.  In my humble opinion, running a mailing list with open
>> subscriptions and no confirmations is inexcusable.  This is not a
>> new problem.  I'm quite surprised that a veteran list admin
>> hasn't taken measures to prevent malicious subscriptions.
>
>Follow Chuq's earlier points in this space.  It is his experience that
>confirmation, even easy methods, are confusing to most new netters, and
>they simply up and leave.  For him, that's a much more severe problem than
>the occasional attack.  For me right now, I use confirmation, but I also
>know that 25% or more of my potential subscribers give up either when they
>can't get confirmation right the first time or when asked for it at all.
>It's a web world -- people expect to click once and get what they're
>looking for, not a body cavity search.

So put a clickable URL in the automated confirmation request message.

Problem solved.



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