a relational database-backed mailing list management system, provided
as a service to the entire Internet by
What it does
Webmasters at popular sites get a tremendous amount of email from
people requesting that they add them to their mailing list. This can
be very time-consuming, particularly if one does not have a mailing
list. SPAM (TM) allows you, the Web publisher, to have a mailing list
where people add and subtract themselves automatically. It is not a
mailing list in the Listserv sense. You, the administrator, are the
only person who can send mail to the list. Users receive mail that
appears to have come directly from you. If they reply, it is directly
to the email address that you specify.
If you fill out some extra forms, you can customize SPAM's response to
users who add themselves and then use this system to deliver download
instructions to users who have registered for a software trial.
How it works
The server is currently overloaded so we're not accepted new domains.
This is yet another
AOLserver/RDBMS application. We wrote it in Tcl for the AOLserver
API and the back-end is an Oracle8 relational database. The software
is pretty simple. The hard part is keeping a relational database up
and running 7 days/week, 24 hours/day.