April 09, 2003
Let me introduce you to your "delete" key
I'm on a mailing list for a local pub. Apparently, the mail they sent out last night tripped a couple of antivirus filters. Unfortunately, the standard behavior of many corporate antivirus software installations is to send a reply to the message originator informing them of the virus and the action taken to protect them. When the originator is a mailing list with "reply-to" set to "all", the end result is a bunch of these messages going to people who don't understand why they're getting them, which in turn leads to "why am I getting this mail?" and "please remove me from this list" messages which also go to everyone since "reply-to" is still set to "all". We're at 25 such messages and counting, and it's not yet 8 AM.
Sigh. There are days when I'd like to meet the person who invented email and smack him a good one.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 09, 2003 to Technology, science, and math
I love the "please remove me from this list" mails, when the instructions are clearly in the headers.
For additional fun, I love the fact that everyone needs to change the subject line, so that I can't filter it to the bit bucket easily.
I'm glad I'm on the text-only list. I haven't gotten a single email from Rusty in the last 24 hours AFAICT.
It always seems that putting any content in the headers is a damnfool thing to do. Too many mail clients obscure headers. And even if they don't, they just aren't a place that most people go looking for content. Unsubscribe info in opt-in/out lists should be a clear paragraph in the .sig (or at the top).
*sigh* I'm on that same mail list. Went into cpanel and blocked everything from it until they get it together. Annoying!
It's pretty clear that these guys aren't overly up on Usability Studies...
There was an email from them a while back. Somehow, the list got changed from moderated to unmoderated.