I publish an Ezine called TestZine.
This page is not about TestZine.
But it is about TestZine, the test Ezine I have.
TestZine Exists for two reasons:
TestZine is not Ever really published. If you subscribe, you will get the test issue. If you unsubscribe and resubscribe, you will get that test issue again. And, from time to time, as I test, you'll get that same issue over and over. But there really isn't anything to publish.
ISSN: International Standard Serial Number
The Library of Congress has assigned my TestZine publication the International Standard Serial Number, or ISSN:
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:
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:
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.
More Pages About TestZine
Subscribe to TestZine:
Like it says, go here to subscribe.
Unsubscribe from TestZine:
I'd hate to lose you, but if you need to unsubscribe, this page will take care of that.
Previous Issues of TestZine:
This page links to the archive of TestZine issues.
History of Changes to TestZine:
Describes the history of TestZine,
with emphasis on the technical changes I've made since starting it, including
Gammadyne, adding double-opt-in and complying with CAN-SPAM.
information to anyone for any reason.
Other ezines I Offer
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List Management Information
Best 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 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 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 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.
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.
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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