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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [Proposal] Shutting down legacy OOo mailing lists
Date Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:57:25 GMT
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM, Andrea Pescetti
<> wrote:

> 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

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.


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