moderated Re: To improve the Address Confirmation email #suggestion

Tom Vail

I 100% agree that the terms should be defined in the help pages, but I also think there should also be a short explanation in the initial email.  Maybe something like this (suggestions in bold and/or strikethrough):


Thank you for your interest in the [Group email address replace group email address with group title] group at If you did not request or do not want to join [Group email address title], please ignore this message.

The next step is for you to confirm your email address to activate your account with  This will not activate your membership with the [group title] group if they require your membership to be approved by a real person.  You will receive an additional email from them with more details once your email address has been confirmed.  

There are two ways to interact with groups:

     If you only want to send and receive email messages from [Group email address title], reply to this email to confirm your email address and activate your membership.

  • Messages will be sent to you at [their email address] 
  • Send messages to [group email address]

     If you want to use the resources and read messages on the [group title] website, please click on the link below to confirm your email address, set up a password, and choose other subscription settings:

      [Comfirm account link]

If you have any questions, please contact the [group title] group moderator at [group moderator email address].

The Team

I would suggest that the email above be the first one sent and the group's Pending Message be sent AFTER the email has been confirmed.  If you send both at the same time, one is likely to be ignored plus the pending message allows the group to communicate what they want to their members.

What J noted as the "confirmation email" is really the initial email sent.  I just tested it, and the email I got back after confirming the email address looks like this:

Thank you for confirming your account. You will now receive messages from the groups you are subscribed to. If any of the groups you subscribed to require approval before joining, you will be notified when that happens.
The Team

While this is okay, I would again suggest there be a different message go out for restricted groups, so they know what to expect.  And as J suggested, the group title be added to the message as well.   Also, the message says "You will now receive messages from the groups you are subscribed to" while is true, they will only be receiving this message while confirming their email address from their first group.  So maybe a better way to say it would be:  

      You will now receive messages from the [groups title], as well as any other groups to which you subscribe. 


Join to automatically receive all group messages.