This originally appeared on the Annexe, chronicling my adventures unsubscribing from email newsletters. The only acceptable outcome from clicking unsubscribe in an email footer is immediately being unsubscribed!

Email:

Updates to GitHub Terms of Service

Footer:

Email preferences · Terms · Privacy · Sign into GitHub

Result:

Email preferences
[ ] Receive all emails, except those I unsubscribe from.
[ ] Only receive account related emails, and those I subscribe to.

FAIL.

  • Footer didn’t include “unsubscribe”, so email filter couldn’t catch
  • Should not need to log in to unsubscribe
  • Can’t unsubscribe from everything, so need to add to my delete filters