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    Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    I send monthly emails to as many as 700 members of my Navy reunion group. I normally use AOL, but I can also use Outlook Express and my Verizon FiOs account. I do NOT need software to help me send the email.

    I DO need software that will automatically maintain my mailing list when people send SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE emails. I can keep the mailing list in Access, or Excel, or anything else. Wherever I keep it, I want something to handle the subscriptions for me, so the list is up-to-date when I want to use it.

    I've endlessly searched for what I need, but I keep coming up with stuff that mainly wants to help me send the emails. The opt-in/out is mentioned in passing as one of their program features.

    I found what I wanted once, but I lost the name. I kind of remember it as being named after an animal, but I've never been able to find it again. I'm looking for the names of specific programs that do what I need, or for the Google search term that will let me look for it specifically.
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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    Hi Lou

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> name of an animal....email....options.....

    Were you thinking of Thunderbird? there are some avid and very knowledgable users here in the Lounge who could help
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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    Pegasus and Thunderbird come to mind.

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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    Perhpas Majordomo is what you are looking for.
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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    Lou,
    Go a google search on "Newsleter Manager" and or "List Manager" and you will find all kinds fro <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> to lots of <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    Thanks to all for the help, but my need continues, unmet. I've spent hours searching for this stuff and reading the hits. They quickly start talking about email technical stuff that I don't understand (or necessarily want to).

    I just want to handle SUBSCRIBE and UNSUBSCRIBE requests for my dinky little list, and hopefully to handle bounces. I want the thing to run on my own computer, but I could reluctantly accept a simple PHP application that runs at my website hosting company.

    There seem to be a million things out there that will do what I want. My problem is finding one that fits my very modest needs. I'm hoping to find somebody who has found the solution, and who can tell me what it is.
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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    >I found what I wanted once, but I lost the name. I kind of remember it as being named after an animal
    Rhymes with Lou?
    http://www.list.org/

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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    Thanks for replying to this very old post. I have found what I'm looking for, though animals are not involved. I'm using something called PHPLIST.
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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    >though animals are not involved.
    Ah! But you thought they were (which is why I thought of a Gnu reply to an old post)
    >I'm using something called PHPLIST
    Might you please tell us ho long you've been using it and how it is working out?
    I'm particularly interested in is ease of use from your subscribers point of view.

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    Re: Wanted: Email Opt-in / Opt-out software

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    I've been using it for over a year. I've got several mailing lists, some with 20-40 members, and one with 500+. It accommodates everything I want to do, most of which is sending occasional emails to one or more of these lists.

    GOOD THINGS ABOUT PHPLIST (Both are vitally important):

    1) It is very powerful and feature-rich, and can send elegant emails.

    2) There is a support forum that's useful, but far less elegant and full of experts than Woody's Watch. See it at http://forums.phplist.com/

    NOT-SO-GOOD THINGS ABOUT PHPLIST (The first is very important, the others are less so):

    1) To take advantage of its power, you have to be able to modify PHP scripts. That's easy enough to do if you've worked with programming before, but it's hard to figure out what you have to modify and where it is. I wrote up my "recipe" for much of this work, and if somebody wants it, I can probably dig it up.

    2) You can't use it to forward messages you receive from elsewhere, other than by using complicated workarounds.

    3) Its ability to send graphics is very limited. You have to put them elsewhere and send the link.

    4) Some hosts don't like sending large numbers of emails, so you have to do workarounds and put up with very slow sending.
    Lou Sander
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