how to unsubscribe

You can call me Dan. (
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 00:36:47 -0800 (PST)

Between the people who obviously didn't read the instructions on how to
unsubscribe, and the people who trash on those for not knowing how to do
it, there is a sad lack of contributable information that will actually
help the ones who want to leave to actually do so.

It irks me just as much as everyone else when my mailbox fills with so many
attempts to unsubscribe. It's true (and quite obvious) that many people
don't read the instructions. But it doesn't help if the only thing everyone
else does is to make the unscriber feel stupid.

Let me help those trying to leave. The following is extracted from the
instructions that were first sent to you when you became a recipient of the
list. If you don't believe me, and you haven't thrown that message away,
you can check it out yourself. It appears near or below the middle of the
entire message:

How to unsubscribe from the list
To leave the list at any time, send mail to:
containing this single line of text:
You must send this mail from the same e-mail address you used to
subscribe (namely, [your e-mail address]).

Let me spell it out further:

1. Put in the To: field. That's where you want to send
your unscribe request.

2. Put UNSUBSCRIBE CU-SEEME-L in the body of your e-mail. That's what you
want to say. Say exactly that; nothing more, nothing less. To be safe and
sure, don't add your sig if you use one. (If you don't know what a sig
(signature) is, you probably don't use one.)

3. Since nothing about the subject is mentioned in the instructions, leave
your Subject: field blank.

4. You must mail this from the same e-mail address when you first
subscribed. Apparently, the list processor knows to unscribe you by your
From: field, which is exactly what it used to put you on the subscriber
list in the first place.

There, I hope all that made sense. If it didn't, read it again. I already
think the original instructions are quite clear and after making them
redundant in four steps, I don't care to try making it any more clear.

It's a foregone conclusion that there will be new subscribers that didn't
read the instructions either. I'm certainly not going to re-write these
instruction, but I am going to keep a copy of this message to send again.
(Heaven knows I'll need to.) Unfortunately, the clueless may never figure
out how to unsubscribe, and the masochists no doubt want your angry mail.
On the other hand, I think most of the unscribers who did it wrong finally
did read those instructions and left the list.

The rest of us who really do use this list can be a little more charitable
to the newbies who just don't know. We could just take a deep breath after
typing our objections (I do like the clever ones) and add in one new line,
"Read the instructions." Until the list processor has a better way, the
rest of us will have to deal with it. I think this way is better.

Well, I said my peace. Time to get off the soapbox.


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