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    I'm not sure how difficult this is but am looking for some assistance.

    We are beginning to send out an email Newsletter to the members of our association. We need to have an "Unsubscribe" link they can click on if they decide they don't want to be on the list. However if they click the link, because most of our members don't understand hwo unsubscribing works, we want to send them a "Unsubscribe Confirmation" email letting them know that they will be removing themselves from receiving any and all emails from us in the future. Then in that Confirmation email we want to have a link that actually does the Unsubscribe function.

    So, here's how I'm thinking it might work.

    1) In the HTML email there will be a link to an ASP file. The link would somehow include passing the person's email address. The email is sent out via a mail merge type thing so getting their email address in there is easy, but I'm not sure of the syntax.

    2) When they click the first link, it would go to an ASP file that would kick off the Confirmation email (using ServerObjects ASPmail) which would just be a generic text message but would include a "Confirm Unsubscribe" link that would go to a second ASP file and also pass the email address

    3) This file would then add the person's email address to the "Unsubscribe Database"

    We don't have our actual database on the website so I think just having an unsubscribe database that we can compare to our main DB every time we send out an email would be easiest.

    However, I'm not an ASP programmer so I'd need a really specific tutorial on hwo to make this myself. Unless it's so easy someone can whipe it up in a coupel minutes to really help me out.

    Any suggestions, input, or direct help would be great.


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    Most people would be smart enogh to understand what 'unsubscribe' means (for the others you could just explain it next to the link)

    But even if you wan't this comfirmation-dialog --> Why don't you open an unsubscribe-page where the user then needs to click a comfirmationbutton? Saves you two mails and a lott of hassle.
    Posting guidelines I use to see if I will spend time to answer your question : http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html