Scot L. Harris webid at cfl.rr.com
Mon Jan 31 14:44:38 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-01-31 at 06:59, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> 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?
> rday
> "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."

Actually there seem to be any number of "auto-responders" when such
messages are sent out.  :)  

Scot L. Harris
webid at cfl.rr.com

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