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[Sunday 17th January 2010 at 10:50 am]

Isn't it amazing how people completely fail to read the "how to unsubscribe" instructions? Y'know, the one that's at the end of every email on this mailing list?
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hey, just wondering if I could be removed from the mailing list?

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[User Picture]From: ariskari
Sunday 17th January 2010 at 11:32 am (UTC)
To be fair to him/her, I have tried unsubscribing from various mailing lists before and following that link did absolutely nothing. The link it went to just didn't have any options for unsubscribing. The only way to actually get off the list was to email the group in question and ask them to do it for me.

Although that was a couple of years ago so I'd hope they'd have fixed it by now.
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[User Picture]From: talismancer
Sunday 17th January 2010 at 11:44 am (UTC)
Click the link and at the bottom option is "To unsubscribe from (removed), get a password reminder, or change your subscription options enter your subscription email address:" then a box then a button that includes the word "unsubscribe".

How hard can it be?

Tom, I didn't think you were still on that mailing list?
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[User Picture]From: ariskari
Sunday 17th January 2010 at 1:05 pm (UTC)
*goes to look*

Clearly they have fixed it. So this person is likely being lazy, but Sophie has tried unsubscribing to other societies in this way and it still hasn't worked, so apparently it that hard if the site isn't cooperating for whatever reason.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Sunday 17th January 2010 at 1:08 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm still on the list and have watched some of the goings on with great amusement. It's just a shame I live too far away, or I'd be going to SWARM as well.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Sunday 17th January 2010 at 12:01 pm (UTC)
I'd understand if the unsubscribe system was actually broken, but in that case I'd expect the person to say that they couldn't unsubscribe themselves. This gives the impression that they didn't even try.

I wonder if SWARM's mailing list membership rule is still in force?
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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Sunday 17th January 2010 at 8:26 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I have had issues with this in the past. (I assume this is all regarding USSU mailing system?). I was on a mailing list and I tried to use the unsubscribe link, however the next step was to enter your e-mail address. Because I use aliases I had no idea what address I had used and due to the way they are sent from the mailing system I did not know what address they had down for me.

In fact, it took me several attempts over a couple of months to work out the address in use.

Not always as simple as it might first appear.
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[User Picture]From: dootsie
Monday 18th January 2010 at 1:55 am (UTC)
I deal with this at least six times a month.

And I -know- that our unsubscribe button works from everywhere, and it really just takes clicking the link.
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