2010-12-16 5 Comments
Once in a while, but frequent enough to be annoying, someone asks to be unsubscribed from a mailing list. Explaining how they have to and can unsubsribe themselves off-list means making it likely several such mails will be send. Doing it on list adds more junk to everyone’s inbox and the archive.
Perhaps subscribing to a mailing list is too simple, if it is that much simpler than unsubscribing? I wonder if there should be a quiz to make sure people understand how to unsubscribe, before they can subscribe.
BTW, are there special email addresses to get on and off Ubuntu’s mailman lists?
Replies to digest mode mails tend to be confusing, have no proper subject and often indicate that the sender does not have a good idea of what’s going on. For these reasons, I think digest mode is harmful and would be glad to see it removed. As to the recipients side of this: what’s the value of the same amount of text with less structure and a terrible interface if you want to reply?