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"You have been unsubscribed from the mailing list. You should be receiving a confirmation mail shortly"
 
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I will never understand why I can sign up for a list and get an email almost instantly.

But when I UN-subscribe, I get "you will be removed within the next two weeks" or whatever.
 
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Fred,

I think because when you subscribe to some service, THEY are the one who sends you confirmation email. But then they share your information to their marketing partners and they have their own database which probably gets update every few days/weeks.

Maneesh,

Probably because what if somebody other than you unsubscribe you.

PS:- It says just mail, I hope you're not going to get snail mail as confirmation ;-)
 
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:"You have been unsubscribed from the mailing list. You should be receiving a confirmation mail shortly"



That does actually make some sense though, if there's any possibility that someone else could have unsubscribed you. Sending an email is the only way to make sure that the person who owns the email account knows about it.
 
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"We're sorry you have unsubscribed. You will be removed from the list within two weeks while we continue to sell your email address to every spammer under the sun."
 
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I don't understand why people still use mailing lists.

Mailing lists are something from the 1980's, when there was no world wide web, so there were no forums. I find mailing lists very inconvenient, it's very hard to get an overview of all topics and to search in them. I don't understand why they still exist and why people still want to use them.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I don't understand why people still use mailing lists.

Mailing lists are something from the 1980's, when there was no world wide web, so there were no forums. I find mailing lists very inconvenient, it's very hard to get an overview of all topics and to search in them. I don't understand why they still exist and why people still want to use them.


My daughter's school uses it. a lot of parent's aren't very technical, and (yes, I am serious) couldn't figure out a forum. Plus, it seems like a fairly decent one-way form of communication. I.e. "It snowed last night - school is closed" does't really need a discussion forum.
 
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People should use USENET.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I don't understand why people still use mailing lists.



They are very common in North American birding. The point here is to get out the news ("I saw a Whimbrel on the dikes this morning") rather than to discuss the news, although discussion is possible and does happen. The news shows up in everybody's inbox and they don't have to repeatedly log into a forum to find out what's up.

And the mailing lists used by most birding areas is Yahoo Groups, so they are backed up by a forum-like site which can be searched if necessary.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:Plus, it seems like a fairly decent one-way form of communication. I.e. "It snowed last night - school is closed" does't really need a discussion forum.


Yes, I can see that for such things, it would be useful.

But people often use mailing lists for back and forth discussions, for which I find a forum much better and easier to use. In a mailing list you'll get "Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Subject" mail and it's almost impossible to follow the thread structure if multiple discussions like that are going on.
 
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Another thing that I find helpful in mailing lists is that a lot of them are archived and available over google.
It really helps if you are hunting some obscure problem/bug ;)
 
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Sumit Bisht wrote:Another thing that I find helpful in mailing lists is that a lot of them are archived and available over google.


I wouldn't say that is a large advantage of mailing lists compared to forums. The JavaRanch forums also still contain all posts all the way back to 1998, when this site started, which you can easily search.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I don't understand why people still use mailing lists.



I love mailing lists (listsrv) and hate forums.
Given a choice, I will never use a forum.

Mailinglists come to me, and I can apply any filters I like to get ride of trolls or people who are just plain wrong.
 
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