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Mailing List Manners

DearREADERS,
Please note the following advice to those who wish to unsubscribe and attempt to do so in an inappropriate manner. While this mentions a specific mailing list, this could easily apply to any RootsWeb mailing list. I should note that angry, inappropriate people get blacklisted from a list, and that can be reported on a system-wide basis in the case of spammers and email addresses that post obscenities.

Dear [name withheld]
I don't know who is monitoring this list, but there has been no reply to your request in all caps (considered yelling in the online world) to "PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM THE LISTS!!!!" I don't know if all your genealogy mailing lists are at RootsWeb, or if you have also subscribed to some at Yahoo and elsewhere. This email is about the RootsWeb mailing lists.

I'll try to help you out.

The RootsWeb genealogy mailing lists have a computer that monitors the subscribe and unsubscribe requests. Unfortunately instead of addressing your request to that computer, you made a posting to the mailing list for all of us subscribers to read. As readers, we can not process your request. You must specifically address your unsubscribe email to an address for the computer that manages each individual mailing list you no longer wish to read.

See: http://lists.rootsweb.com 
It is there that you will find a complete index to RootsWeb's 28,946 genealogy mailing lists. You will find the specific directions for each of the mailing lists you wish to cancel. Each mailing list "directions" include how to:
-- Subscribe
-- Unsubscribe
-- Search the archives of previous messages
-- Browse the archives of previous messages

For example at:
http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS.html 
It reads:
# Unsubscribing. To leave PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-L, send mail to:
PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-L-request@rootsweb.com 
with the single word unsubscribe in the message subject and body.

To leave PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-D,
do the same thing with:
PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-D-request@rootsweb.com 

Unfortunately, those of us who read such an upset unsubscribe "command" are powerless to help you. Expecting each of the volunteer mailing list monitors to do this for you is unreasonable, and should be expected only in extreme cases. It may be that our PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS list monitor is away for the weekend? Not sure. Regardless, when we signed up for a RootsWeb mailing list we received a confirmation email with directions for unsubscribing.

Just as with the local newspaper delivery, electric and telephone and cable company service, we must take the appropriate action to cancel the service provided through these wonderful RootsWeb genealogy mailing lists.

Good luck!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207


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