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Re: changing my e-mail address

On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 10:19:30AM -0400, sal migondis wrote:
> >>> "how to modify my address without doing unsubscribe/subscribe?"
> >>
> >> The answer to your question is:  unsubscribe the old address.  Subscribe
> >> the new one.
> That's not what he asked, is it...?????!!!
> OP:
> "how do I MODIFY my address WITHOUT doing
> unsubscribe/subscribe"
> Wise guy:
> "The answer is... unsubscribe.. subscribe"
> HElloooOO...??? Anybody home...???
> I took a quick look, and I did not see any way you can
> do it.
> And I think this is about as lame as it gets. So basically
> you have to fill out the subscription form again, reply to
> the email to confirm your subscription... etc.

> Wise guy:
> "That's not too hard"
> Yeah, right.. Imagine for a second the OP is subscribed
> to .. TEN.. TWENTY.. different debian mailing lists...
> Or is there a recommendation somewhere that says that
> it is foolish to subscribe to more than one (two?) debian
> list(s) at the same time...????

Nice skit but there is misinformation in the "what if." The Debian list page
has a form for unsubscribing/subscribing multiple lists.  Confirming a
subscription/unsubscription is a one-click proportion and would be
necessary for a address change function too, were there one.

> The GNU mailing lists for instance have an easy to access
> option where you can edit your subscription options,
> including specifying a new email address.

Everyone in cyberspace allocates their resources toward the features that
meet their unique criteria.  Nothing new there.  We choose according to the
aggregation of features, priories and objectives that fit us best.

> >  I'm afraid your logic is not mine!
> >  The correct answer to my question is: "that's not possiblë with debian lists"
> Apparently, there are people here who can't read.
> If they cannot provide anything more positive such as
> indicating how  this situation could be improved, maybe
> they should have simply said 'sorry, debian uses lousy
> mailing list management software or is not set up properly
> and there's nothing our volunteers can do about it.'

Smartlist is great and very Debian.

> The latter would probably not make the OP happy, but
> I'm sure he would have been OK with that.. and that
> answer would certainly be preferable than half a dozen
> messages that only show that the their authors did not
> even bother to read his post.

It's the weekend.

> Maybe the famous 'how to ask smart questions' document
> needs to be complemented by 'how to avoid posting dumb
> replies'.

Jumping newbies and non-geeks is particularly distasteful in my opinion.


"Microsoft is not the answer. Microsoft is the question. NO (or Linux) is the
answer." --Somebody

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