Mailing List Manners
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
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
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.
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:
-- Search the archives of previous messages
-- Browse the archives of previous messages
For example at:
# Unsubscribing. To leave PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-L, send mail to:
with the single word unsubscribe in the message subject and body.
To leave PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-D,
do the same thing with:
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
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