Robert P. J. Day rpjday at mindspring.com
Mon Jan 31 11:59:33 UTC 2005

On Mon, 31 Jan 2005, Duncan Lithgow wrote:

> Instructions on unsubscribing are at the end of each email - thanks

here's a humbly-tendered suggestion that would reduce the irrelevant
postings to red hat lists, and save everyone a lot of grief from the
periodic flame wars.

wouldn't it be just ducky if red hat were to put some front-end
processing on their end to catch stuff like "unsubscribe" or
"unsuscribe" subject lines, and simply auto-respond with a message to
the effect that, "you are clearly trying to unsubscribe.  here's how
to do it...".  so we don't have to see stuff like this anymore.

and how about, "this is the red hat mailing list auto-responder.  you
have submitted a posting in HTML.  HTML is strongly discouraged on red
hat mailing lists.  please resubmit your posting in plain text.
here's how to do that, depending on your emailer ..."

and continuing along this line, "your posting has been rejected by the
red hat mail system because it:

  1) has a blank subject
  2) has a meaningless subject "HELP!!!" (that sort of thing)
  3) etc, etc, etc.

i can't imagine this would be all that difficult.  is there any reason
this can't be done?


"this is the red hat mailing list auto-responder.  our filtering
software has detected that you have responded by top posting rather
than bottom posting.  your post has been rejected and, in addition,
guido and lorenzo will be by to see you later today to slap some sense
into you.  have a nice day."

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