Jim wrote an good summary of how to deal with electronic mailing lists, which I attach here. I put his point number 5 to the top of the list, since an increasing number of mailing lists are handled by listproc servers.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: All-Purpose Signoff Instructions Date: Thu, 03 Nov 94 13:58:04 -0800 From: Jym Dyer email@example.com =o= It is never a good idea to send a message to an entire mailing list asking (or demanding) to be taken off the list. With one exception, the people on the list can't take you off the list. Meanwhile, it usually prompts an avalanche of "take me off too" messages, which the people on the list can't do anything about, either. =o= Someone may post specific instructions about getting off this particular list, but in the meantime, read the attached, and save it for future reference. How To Unsubscribe From Any Email List For the purposes of this memo, let's assume you're on an email list called WHATEVER at SITE.COM. The email alias is < WHATEVER@SITE.COM >. (If the list has a name like "WHATEVER-L", you should try step 4 first.) =5= If you get no response, send mail to the "listproc" alias. For our example, that address would be < listproc@SITE.COM >. The text of your message should be "unsubscribe WHATEVER". =1= First, send a request to the "-request" alias. For our example, that would be < WHATEVER-request@SITE.COM >. This is usually read by a human being, so write accordingly. =2= If you get not response from the above, send mail to the "majordomo" alias. That's < majordomo@SITE.COM > for our example. If the list is administered by the majordomo software, you'll get instructions for unsubscribing mailed back to you. =3= If you get no response, send mail to the "owner-" alias. For our example, < owner-WHATEVER@SITE.COM >. This should go to the human who administers the list. =4= If you get no response, send mail to "LISTSERV". For our example, that address would be < LISTSERV@SITE.COM >. The text of your message should be "SIGNOFF WHATEVER". =6= If you get no response, send mail to the site "postmaster". For our example, that address is < postmaster@SITE.COM >. Mention that you tried the previous four steps, to no avail. =7= If you get no response, send mail to "root". Our example address is < root@SITE.COM >. Mention that you tried the previous five steps, to no avail. =8= If -- and only if -- all the above fail, send a message to the list itself. Make it courteous, particularly since the vast majority of the people reading it can't do a thing about it. Try to avoid setting off a bunch of "me too" messages by saying something like, "Please don't chime in with a bunch of 'I want to unsubscribe too' messages."
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