Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sun Jan 28 21:56:26 UTC 2007

David Woolley wrote:
>> The email to -request doesn't have to be plain text.
> It doesn't have to be for lists manager that use the in body commands
> either, as long as all you want is a message with further instructions,
> as sending help is what they generally do when they don't understand
> a command.
> The reason for saying plain text is that most list managers that parse
> the body use a parser that doesn't understand MIME multipart messages and
> so tries to interpret the MIME control information as commands and
> may give up before the real command.  You will generally still get
> a full or partial help message, as that is the standard error 
> response.
> What it does do is increase the number of round trips when trying
> to unsubscribe by generic algorithm.

Yes, but it doesn't ever create ambiguity that requires emailing the
whole list.

>> They won't get any email until they (auto)reply to the confirmation.
> OK that makes the list relatively immune to remote hostile subscriptions,
> although not totally immune if there is an auto-responder, as we've seen
> with Amazon.
> I admit that was the case I was thinking of, but it is far from uncommon
> for people who leave their PCs logged in to have colleagues forge mail
> from them.

If they're leaving their PCs logged in in an open environment, they have
bigger problems than this.

Matthew Flaschen

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