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Why do programmers still use mailing lists? [duplicate]

Why do many open source projects collaborate primarily through mailing lists rather than through, say, forums? I may be ignorant in my assessment, but I, along with my communication teacher, think ...
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Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?

Bug tracker for any decent sized project seem like a bit of a no-brainer to me - it makes it really easy to organise hundreds or thousands issues, without issues colliding or getting mixed up. So ...
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Best Practices and Etiquette for Setting up Email Notifications

If you were going to set up a Email Alerts for the customers of your website to subscribe to, what rules of etiquette ought to be followed? I can think of a few off the top of my head: Users can ...
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How to improve my email communication

Paraphrase of an email I sent to a colleague I noticed a problem with System A. I have determined that it is not caused by X. I suspect that it is being caused by Y. (since you are in ...
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“Forgot Password” - How to handle this?

I read this answer http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/15350/why-do-websites-restrict-the-number-choice-of-characters-in-a-password/15351#15351 and found a comment insisting not to send ...
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Why do most sites require email activation [closed]

Most popular applications nowadays require account activation by email. I've never done it with apps that I've developed so am I missing some crucial security feature? By email activation I mean when ...
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Why is a Bayes classifier used for spam filtering?

I've been reading about Bayesian spam filtering and I think I understand the theory, but I just don't see why this approach is needed in order to calculate the likelihood of a message being spam, ...
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How do you explain the complexity of bulk emailing to a manager? [closed]

I think we've all been there, you've been asked to write something to send bulk emails for whatever reason. It's a solved problem, theres a multitude of companies out there to handle this for you, and ...
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Why does email sent from my site end up in SPAM folders? [closed]

I am developing a course registration website in Django. New users must confirm their email address by clicking on a link emailed to them. Unfortunately, this message is consistently ending up in ...
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How to have an improved relationship with recruiters?

I personally, always have problems with recruiter's and their constant spam.. I usually get tons of emails for jobs, not related to what I do. Or they have no idea what I do. Or they say they have ...
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What is the best policy for allowing clients to change email?

We are developing a web application with a fairly standard registration process which requires a client/user to verify their email address before they are allowed to use the site. The site also ...
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Responding to end users about bugs they found

I have an issue tracking system, but sometimes users report bugs directly to me in an email. If I'm responding to a bug report in an email, what's a good etiquette to use? Do I thank them for ...
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How far should I take email address validation when the cost of bad emails is high?

When it's more important to prevent typos than to cover 100% of all possible email addresses, what syntactic email validations do you do? Imagine this: You're with the local gas & electric ...
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Large enterprise application - clients wish to use duplicate e-mails addresses?

I'd like to know people's opinions, reactions to clients and technical work arounds (if applicable), to the issue of an enterprise application where a client wishes to use duplicate e-mail addresses? ...
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Why no developer API in C++ for Google or Yahoo mail?

I was trying to do some C++ coding that can send files from my laptop to my webmail account. It took me about 10 minutes to realize that there is no easy way to do this. Look into these links: ...
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Should I use Legitimate Email spoofing?

Recently I receive a request: users' emails are stored in the database, and as request of a user, the system will send an email on their behalves. To add more context, it's like sending an email from ...
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Is it possible to do decent spam filtering without scanning the contents of emails?

I don't have much knowledge of the subject but as I know, when servers receive an email they have two sources of data to classify it as SPAM or not. The contents of the message (subject + body) and ...
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How to line-break an email address?

After some discussion, I have come across a rather complicated situation. Say I intend to display an email address. I have, obviously, limited space available on the screen - be that browser or ...
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How to log configuration or code behaviour changes in non-disruptive way

We've probably all been in the situation where you'd like to alert your team members to some change ("I changed X, so now it's running every hour instead of every day"). But the change is non-urgent, ...
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PHP email blasts using a cron job

My PHP application needs to send product expiry notifications to customers everyday. I am thinking of: A one-time cron job for a php script that identifies the customers from a table of 10000 rows ...
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Handling SMS/email convergence: how does a good business app do it?

I'm writing a school administration software package, but it strikes me that many developers will face this same issue: when communicating with users, should you use email or SMS or both, and should ...
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1answer
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How to go about designing an intermediate routing filter program to accept input and forward accordingly?

My predicament: I designed an app, written in Python, to read my mail and check for messages that contain a certain digital signature. It opens these and looks for keywords. If the message contains ...
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Idea for CAPTCHA

CAPTCHAs have a lot of downsides, accessibility and user friendliness are two things that are often sacrificed. I've thought of an idea that might work really well, has this ever been attempted ...
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Programming around email address case sensitivity

Like many websites, we use email addresses as user identifiers for logins. RFC 5321 [#2.3.11] states that the local parts of email addresses: MUST be interpreted and assigned semantics only ...
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Designing an email system to guarantee delivery

We are looking to expand our use of email for notification purposes. We understand it will generate more inbox volume, but we are being selective about which events we fire notification on in order ...
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Emailing Service: To or Bcc?

I'm busy coding a reusable e-mail service for my company. The e-mail service will be doing quite a few things via injection through the strategy pattern (such as handling e-mail send rate throttling, ...
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2answers
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How to create an automated email in several languages (multipart/alternative)?

I need to send automated emails to customers whose language I am not sure about. 90 % are french and would probably not be able to read mails in english. The other 10 % would probably be able to read ...
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1answer
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What is the benefit of offloading email to a transactional mail service?

Why do so many people recommend offloading email to a transactional service such as Mandrill, Postmark or Sendgrid? Is sending email via smtp really that much slower than sending a request out to ...
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3answers
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What programming issues require a delay in processing a mail unsubscribe request? [closed]

Whenever I unsubscribe from a mailing list, I see that they say something like 'The change will take effect in 10 days/30 days/etc'. I would assume unsubscribing is just removing my email from some ...
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Responding or Maintaining Emails - best practice

I would like to hear how you manage your emails when you get lot of emails on a day basis. Here some of the things that I follow, Read emails and respond for 2 hours once. I will not disturb my ...
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It's 2011 - why do I still have to use tables for email?

This might seem like a rant, but I am curious. CSS replaced tables for layout a long time ago. But we still have to use tables for layout when creating rich emails. Why is this? Are there any other ...
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2answers
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Validating Emails in PHP

I wrote the following function to validate emails for a web app I'm working on: function validate_email($email) { $valid = true; if(!filter_var($email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) { ...
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2answers
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Bad idea to display mail server info in public github project?

I have the project for work that requires me to send e-mails to people using our work mail server. The server doesn't require authentication. Part of my project is using a Java-Helper I'm developing ...
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Technology/Programming mailing lists How do you manage? [closed]

Email Alerts, Blog /Forum updates, discussion subscriptions general programming/technology update emails that we often subscribe to.Do you actually read them ? or go direct to the source when you find ...
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Need to figure out Timesheet via Email [closed]

So we are thinking that we might want to make timesheet submission easier by having our timesheet system send out a person's timesheet via email to the employee. The employee then should fill out the ...
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2answers
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Sending an email with attachment from server side

I have to create a word document in a specific format and send it as attachment to some email addresses. I have a preview screen for the report which on approval has to be send in email. This is an ...
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1answer
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Should I parse an email template before or after placing it in the queue?

I have a web application that sends out transactional (triggered) emails to users. We've setup a message queue for the web application to write to when it needs to send out an email (best practices ...
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Approach to use for user email address change in application?

As the title says, if the user wants change their email address in the application, in terms of programming, what approach (process) to use? Where do you store the new email address until the user ...
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Is using xml + xsl to create a weekly html email a good or bad idea?

The guy who is in charge of our html emails is leaving and I have been asked to take over. We are an online retailer and send out an email once a week. An email will consist of a main image, a bit of ...
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2answers
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Is speed a parameter for responding emails of technical tests? [closed]

I am sending my CV to different companies and some of them have replied asking me to complete a test to have an idea of my skills. I wonder if the time to respond to this email is key factor for being ...
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1answer
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What's a good way for a program to process an email mailbox?

Let's have a program that checks an email mailbox and then "processes" the messages contained there. (For this question it doesn't really matter what it actually does with the message). The program ...
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1answer
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Task Scheduler shared hosting

I am using a shared host that which doesn't support CRON/TaskScheduler (it is a windows Godaddy server). I need to search on email server for new emails on each 1 hour, I have the script on PHP. Can ...
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Is displaying an HTML email a security risk?

I am writing a simple webmail where I want (obviously) to display the emails. I'm wondering if I should take any precaution while displaying HTML emails: is dumping the email content into a ...
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How do I set up pairing email addresses?

Our team uses the Ruby gem hitch to manage pairing. You set it up with a group email address (e.g. dev@mycompany.com) and then tell it who is pairing: $ hitch james tiffany Hitch then sets your Git ...
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Do Windows mail clients actually care about the MIME type of binary attachments?

...or, in other words: When sending a mail programmatically, do I really need to go through the hassle of setting the correct MIME type or can I just use application/octet-stream? The mail clients I ...
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1answer
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GMail API for a small app (Rails? Javascript? PHP?)

I want to create an app that accesses the GMail API, but I'm finding that it isn't as simple as I thought it might be. I'm hoping somebody in the community here might have some experience working ...
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1answer
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Are there any ways to track for the visitor of my site , which site visitor come from?

This is a problem because when I do email campaign, There is a link on the email, that link to my company homepage, I would like to differentiate between the visitor come from another way (e.g. ...
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Registration: Email hash and verifying only one account per email

I'm using a registration function that hashes the email in PBKDF2 with a random and unique Salt each time. The hashes email and his salt are saved in the DB. No problem with that. The problem is that ...
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How to implement an email unsubscribe system for a site with many kinds of emails?

I'm working on a website that features many different types of emails. Users have accounts, and when logged in they have access to a setting page that they can use to customize what types of emails ...
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Common practice in handling bounce message

At now I mainly create a mail account separately (with different domain name eg.noreply@example.com) and i add this mail as one return path. So the bounce message will only go to that mailbox and i ...