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Re: unsubscribe

On Tue, Dec 20, 2005 at 07:58:19PM +0200, Andrei Popescu wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Dec 2005 22:49:19 -0700
> Richard DeVillier <oscomputing@gmail.com> wrote:
> > unsubscribe
> > 
> Maybe a pretty please will help :)))
> Don't send this to the list, send it to debian-user-REQUEST@lists.debian.org

Sometimes I'm wondering whether it's that very "REQUEST" being
capitalized that's confusing people -- and whether simply using
"debian-user-request@..." would make it appear more like a regular
email address after all.

Of course, capitalization was meant to make it stand out clearly, so
it won't, under no circumstance, be overlooked.  But does it really
achieve that?

Due to its difference in perceptual quality, that "REQUEST" might also
be taken as some strange constituent that can't seriously be part of an
actual address they're supposed to use.  Kind of like some junk left
over by mechanical processing, or some placeholder <REQUEST>, $REQUEST
they have no idea what to fill in for.  Or I dunno what...  So, they
figure to just strip it out and send to debian-user@... instead, which
they know does exist.

But maybe I'm just thinking too complicated, and it's in fact nothing
more than people not reading (or actually not seeing) the appended
message at all.  OTOH, I'm then wondering where they get the idea from
to use the subject "unsubscribe"...

Anyhow, I apologize for having added to this unsubscribe spam :)


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