When you send "unsubscribe" requests to an email list, it lands
in the mailboxes of hundreds of people who can't unsubscribe you.
I can't unsubscribe you. Try the stuff below. Clip 'n' save these
instructions for future reference.
How To Unsubscribe From Any Email List
Look at the messages you've been getting on the list. Do
they have "how to unsubscribe" messages near the end, or an email
address to use in a "List-Unsubscribe:" header at the top? If so,
follow those instructions.
Most lists these days, including all lists hosted by the
big two (Yahoo! Groups and Topica), have an "-unsubscribe" alias
for this purpose. For example, if you're on the WHATEVER list,
either whatever-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com or
whatever-unsubscr...@topica.com would be the right address to
(For the rest of this memo, let's assume that the WHATEVER
list is at example.com -- that is, the alias is
whate...@example.com. If the list has a name like "WHATEVER-L",
you might try steps 6 and 7 first.)
Otherwise, first send a request to the "-request" alias.
For our example, that would be whatever-requ...@example.com. This
is often read by a human being, so write accordingly. In theory,
all email lists are supposed to implement this address (though
Yahoo! Groups does not).
If you get no response from the above, send mail to the
"majordomo" alias. That's majord...@example.com for our example.
If the list is administered by the majordomo software, you'll get
instructions for unsubscribing mailed back to you.
If you get no response, send mail to the "owner-" alias.
For our example, owner-whate...@example.com. This should go to
the human who administers the list.
If you get no response, send mail to "LISTSERV". For our
example, that address would be lists...@example.com. The text of
your message should be "SIGNOFF WHATEVER".
If you get no response, send mail to the "listproc" alias.
For our example, that address would be listp...@example.com. The
text of your message should be "unsubscribe WHATEVER".
If you get no response, send mail to the site "postmaster".
For our example, that address is postmas...@example.com. Mention
that you tried the previous five steps, to no avail.
If you get no response, send mail to "root". Our example
address is r...@example.com. Mention that you tried the previous
six steps, to no avail.
If -- and only if -- all the above fail, send a message to
the list itself. Make it courteous, particularly since the vast
majority of the people reading it can't do a thing about it. The
message should say something like, "How do I get off this list?",
not "UNSUBSCRIBE." Try to avoid setting off a bunch of "me too"
messages by saying something like, "Please don't chime in with a
bunch of 'I want to unsubscribe too' messages."
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