The use of an outside mail-list system is not unusual.
I'm using FeedBlitz.com to get newsletters to users.
It would be nice to have the FeedBlitz system integrated with the Tiki registration module.
Here is what their Knowledge base says about integrating this kind of requirement.
Add Subscription CheckBox to Existing Web Forms The purpose of this API is to enable site owners and developers add a subscription option to existing site registration forms. It reduces the amount of work requried up front to collect subscriptions, and places the subscription option in the same workflow as all other user interactions. The API does not abrogate FeedBlitz's dual opt-in process for new subscriptions. Instead it kick-starts it based on the data entered by the user. FeedBlitz sends an activation email to the end user, like the standard subscription process. When the user clicks the link they are then prompted to enter any custom fields you may require and complete the standard FeedBlitz image verfication CAPTCHA test (which proves the visitor is a human). The subscription is then activated. The process is essentially the same as the standard FeedBlitz online subscription process, except in reverse order.
Does this fall into a potential improvement?
The complete article can be found on FB's web site
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