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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [Proposal] Shutting down legacy OOo mailing lists
Date Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:28:41 GMT
On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton
<> wrote:
> The moderator-issued subscription e-mail seems useful, especially because it
> is done as an opt-in (requiring confirmation from the recipient).  If the list
> to be retired was informed of this process, its near-automatic operation could
> be considered.

I don't see how this could work.  Maybe if you happen to be a
moderator of the legacy list and are willing to take on yourself any
personal liability related to data protection laws.  But I don't see
how this would work in general.  Any thing we do to automate this
would still require proactive action by the user, either sending an
email, clicking a mailto: link in an email, or going to a website and
entering their email address.  They would need to do an action like
that, and then respond to the confirmation email.

>  - Dennis
> With regard to the messages from ezmlm, I wonder if these are ones that are
> customizable by list.  I thought they were.  A valuable way to do this might
> be to include a link to an English-language version of the message in all NL
> ones.  Pointing to other useful web pages might also be valuable.  I notice
> that ezmlm is designed to work relying on e-mail alone and that should be
> preserved, but links to web-based support is also valuable and is very useful
> to link to.  The web page could also deal with thing such as what OOo lists
> does this one replace, where are the archives for the original list(s), etc.
> It strikes me that there remains the issue I see, in that the ooo-younameit @
> i.a.o lists are considerably less friendly than the theynamedit@ OO.o lists.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rob Weir []
> Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 07:57
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Proposal] Shutting down legacy OOo mailing lists
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM, Andrea Pescetti
> <> wrote:
> <snip>
>> I would turn the post you describe into a warning that the mailing list
>> address will change, including all information about Apache but not
>> requiring users to take action. I volunteer to consolidate the 12 lists into
>> 3 and to subscribe users to the right ones (of course, being "project owner"
>> of, I have a list of all subscribers to the 12 lists).
> I did an experiment on how we can subscribe users to the mailing list
> automatically.  I looked just at the technical aspect of this.  I did
> not look at the legal or policy implications.
> Moderators of Apache lists can subscribe new users to the list, by
> sending a specially addressed email to the list manager.  For example,
> to subscribe to this list, you would send an email to:
> Note the @ in the address is replaced by an =
> A moderator can do the above, but this still will generate a
> confirmation email, to, in English:
> -----------------
> "Subject:  confirm subscribe to
> Hi! This is the ezmlm program. I'm managing the
> mailing list.
> I'm working for my owner, who can be reached
> at
> To confirm that you would like
> added to the ooo-dev mailing list, please send
> a short reply to this address:
> Usually, this happens when you just hit the "reply" button.
> If this does not work, simply copy the address and paste it into
> the "To:" field of a new message.
> or click here:
>       "
> -----------------
> So with the moderator rights available to us now, we can't do a fully
> automated sign up of existing list members, even if we had resolved
> the legal and policy issues.  I don't know if there are other,
> administrative functions in ezmlm that could be used, by Apache Infra,
> to more fully automate this.
> -Rob

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