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From: "Stephens, Larry V" <>
Subject: RE: Thinking of making list private...please help - that won't he lp
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 20:46:52 -0500


> On Sun, 8 Jun 1997, Tracey Converse wrote:
>
> > I'm the owner of the GenTips list and I've been having continuing
> problems
> > with the posting of unsub messages and messages that should be
> privately
> > sent. After banging my head against the wall for months now, I'm
> ready to
> > make the list private.
>
> <Larry>
>
> Make your list private just means you have to be a list member to post
> to it.
>
> That won't help with command messages sent to the list. education
> should, but frankly you're never going to get through to a lot of
> people. The only thing that will help is a filter on messages that
> looks for this kind of thing, and I don't think SmartList has it.
>
> One thing I've done on listserv (and I'm not sure yet if you can do
> this with SmartList) is put a trailer message on every post to the
> list. Mine is set to vary daily, but you can send a reminder to people
> that helps a lot.
>
> Keep in mind people sending sub messages can't read the mail, so it
> does no good to tell the list about this. I just add them or send them
> private mail about how to join.
>
> On the unsubs - I guess I haven't been part of the kinder, gentler set
> lately. Instead of quietly unsubbing them I send them a nice message
> that tells them to read their welcome (and do it right themselves).
>
> My listserv lists are set to private but that's to prevent spamming.
> The downside is when addresses change people can't post. Some ISP's
> flip-flop addresses all the time (e.g., worldnet, cris.com) and that
> creates headaches. One thing you have to do (with listserv) is have
> people sub from every address they may mail from then set all to
> NOMAIL except one - except SmartList doesn't have NOMAIL. I don't know
> how you'd work around that one.
>

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