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Snippets:
An Irregular Journal

I publish an irregular journal. It is called Snippets. And I publish it as an ezine.

Snippets contains references to stories on the net that I've found interesting. It contains bulletins on the information I am tracking (like the U-2 High Altitude Spy Plane and Multiple Sclerosis). It contains information about new pages on my site. And it contains an occasional comment or two by me.

I publish Snippets irregularly. The goal was originally at least once a week. But there have been months without an issue. To see how often it is published now, it is best to look at the archive.

ISSN: International Standard Serial Number

The Library of Congress has assigned my Snippets publication the International Standard Serial Number, or ISSN:

ISSN 1530-9622



Whitelist Information

Because ISPs and Spam Filters sometimes block our ezine, you may need to add us to your Whitelist. If you do not do this, your ISP or Spam Filter may block our emails and you may not receive your subscription issues.

A Whitelist is a list of addresses you do not want your ISP or Spam Filter to block.

When you add addresses to your Whitelist you are telling your ISP or Spam Filter that "no matter what", it should let this address send you mail.

I have created a tool to tell you what addresses to add and how to add them:

Send a blank email to this address:
Snippets-Request@JamesSHuggins.com  
You will receive instructions back.

Note that sending this email does not subscribe you, or unsubscribe you or trigger the whitelist or spam test. It just tells my system to send you instructions on how to do all these things.

Testing has shown that putting the actual trigger addresses on my web site cause me to get a ton of "requests" that are really spam. The simple way to stop this is to have you request the info this way.



Spam Test Information

Do you know if your emails are being filtered?

Do you know how they are being filtered?

Do you know if you've updated your Whitelist correctly?

Because so many of my subscribers did not know whether their emails were being filtered, I created a spam test tool.

When you use this tool, my system will send you 5 emails:

  • First, an email to start the test
    This email is "plain vanilla" and won't be filtered
  • Second, three emails ... one for each address the ezine uses
    These emails are packed with spam phrases. (How packed? Spam Assassin gives it a score of 110+ and remember, Spam Assassin thinks a 5 is spam!)
  • Third, an email to end the test
    Again, it is "plain vanilla" and won't be filtered

If you get all 5, you know you will receive all the ezine mailings.

But if some of the three middle test emails (with lots of spam trigger phrases) do not go through, you will know you have a mail delivery problem.

The emails will explain in more detail how it works and how to interpret the results.

I recommend running this test whenever you subscribe or change subscribe addresses, and also after you whitelist my addresses to be sure your whitelisting works.

Send a blank email to this address:
Snippets-Request@JamesSHuggins.com  
You will receive instructions back.

Note that sending this email does not subscribe you, or unsubscribe you or trigger the whitelist or spam test. It just tells my system to send you instructions on how to do all these things.

Testing has shown that putting the actual trigger addresses on my web site cause me to get a ton of "requests" that are really spam. The simple way to stop this is to have you request the info this way.



Other Snippets and ezine Stuff

Subscribe to SnippetsSubscribe to Snippets: Like it says, go here to subscribe. ««»»

Unsubscribe from SnippetsUnsubscribe from Snippets: I'd hate to lose you, but if you need to unsubscribe, this page will take care of that. ««»»

Previous Issues of SnippetsPrevious Issues of Snippets: This page links to the archive of Snippets issues. ««»»

History of Changes to SnippetsHistory of Changes to Snippets: Describes the history of Snippets, with emphasis on the technical changes I've made since starting it, including moving to  Gammadyne, adding double-opt-in and complying with CAN-SPAM. ««»»

Snippets Privacy PolicySnippets Privacy Policy: The short version of my privacy policy for my Snippets ezine. It explains that I do not spam. Period. And, I do not sell, lend or release your subscription information to anyone for any reason.  ««»»



Other ezines I Offer

All About TestZine, My EzineAll About TestZine, My Ezine: This page tells about my test ezine which I created to let me test my ezine processing system.
NB: This ezine was fully functional, but there isn't really a newsletter. TestZine let me test my system. It also let the curious subscribe, unsubscribe and get a sample issue without really really signing up for anything.   ««»»

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List Management Information

Best Practices of Email, Ezine and List ManagementBest Practices of Email, Ezine and List Management: The organization known as MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System) once published a list it called "Basic Mailing List Management Principles for Preventing Abuse". I used this list as the starting point to create my own "Best Practices" which I follow in managing my lists. ««»»

List Email HeadersList Email Headers: An explanation of the RFC standard headers which should be used on emails for lists and ezines. Also identifies the supplementary user-defined fields I use on my ezines, as well as RFC standard email addresses ezine publishers should implement. ««»»

Gammadyne MailerGammadyne Mailer: I use the Gammadyne Mailer for all my ezines. This page provides more information about that use, including summary information about the data I keep, the functions I've custom programmed and how to access my TestZine if you want to try it out.  ««»»

CAN-SPAM Is StupidCAN-SPAM Is Stupid: A personal rant about the U. S. federal law known as known as CAN-SPAM. While it is supposedly designed to help eliminate email spam, I think the law is stupid. The article also provides links to CAN-SPAM resources. ««»»



My Use of Gammadyne Mailer

I began using the Gammadyne Mailer to manage and broadcast my ezines in late 2002. It is possible to use it very simply, almost out of the box. But it also features a very complete internal programming language to let you do just about anything you want. And, it keeps all the information on my PC in an Access database, where I know the information is secure and under my control.

It is screaming software. I strongly recommend Gammadyne Mailer.

PS: You can test drive my implementation of the Gammadyne Mailer just to see how it works. I created an ezine named TestZine to let me test my programming. You can test it too. Subscribe and receive a "sample issue". You can even try out some of the tests I perform, like submitting a subscription request twice in a row, or subscribing when I'm already subscribed or unsubscribing when I'm not subscribed, just to see how it handles these "special conditions". Just go to my TestZine page.

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COPPA - Child Privacy Info

In order to subscribe to any of my ezines and mailing lists you must give me your email address (duh!). A federal law called COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998) considers this "personal information". and imposes lots of conditions. So, I am posting this notice on this page to comply with that law.

Rather than attempt to obtain parental permission and maintain the wazillions of records required by COPPA, I just don't collect personal data from anyone under 13. If I somehow discover that someone under 13 has subscribed, I unsubscribe that person.

COPPA Child Privacy Notice - Click to view this site's COPPA Child Privacy Notice

For more information on COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998) and this site's COPPA Child Privacy Notice, click here or on the "COPPA Child Privacy" button on the right.

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