At 01:43 PM 2001-03-15 -0500, Vicki Hierholzer wrote: >Temporarily... >vacation!
I decided I had better send one of these messages TO the list rather than privately. "Unsubscribe" sent to the "list address" seems to be catching, like the measles, and when we see one or two, it is usually followed by several others.
I'm sorry, but it does no good mailing UNSUBSCRIBE to other listmembers. They cannot help you. To unsubscribe, you do exactly as you did to subscribe, you talk to the auto-ROBOTS, by using one of the "request" addresses. You are in complete control of your own subscribe and unsubscribe, the auto-robots have nothing else to do, so will process your "request" immediately. :-}
As you will recall from reading your Welcome Message, the ONLY way to get ON or OFF any mailing list is to talk to one the auto-ROBOTS running the list. These machines are not different than a bank ATM machine, or a telephone system where you "press 1" to continue. You _must_ talk to one of the ROBOTIC addresses [ie. "request" address] and NOT to the list address, as that is ONLY for posting queries or responding to other member's messages.
To assure success, in your email, you just have to say the single "Command word" to the ROBOT. That word is UNSUBSCRIBE. As you will be talking to a machine and not a person, there is no need to be polite, or to offer an explanation, as extra text can sometimes confuse them and they decide to tell you they can't find you one the list. ALWAYS remember to use a *new* message as any message with "Re:" in the Subject Line will also be unprocessed.
This part is not directed to you Vicki, but some people do try, and fail to get off the list by sending the following words:
UNSCIBE OFF UNSRIBE UNSUBRIBE NO MAIL UNSCRIB UNSUSCIBE REMOVE TAKE ME OFF! *(#!@**&%$
None of these will work. To get off the list, just follow these 5 steps:
1. Open a NEW message (do NOT simply "reply" to this message, as Re: in the subject line causes your message to be ignored by the robot) 2. In the "Address" box, type ... or copy/paste for DIGEST Mode members TheShipsList-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org for LIST Mode members TheShipsList-Lemail@example.com 3. In the "Subject" box, do not type anything at all. 4. In the "Message" box, type (without typos) only the word UNSUBSCRIBE 5. Hit "Send"
ps. Write in PLAIN TEXT only, as the ROBOTS do not accept HTML messages. Expect to receive a few messages after a successful unsubscribe [ie. after you receive your "you have been removed" message], as the mail which was queued will still be delivered to you.