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Some projects host their mailing lists on Google Groups, like this: http://groups.google.com/group/mojolicious

I'm an old-fashioned guy, and I don't like reading mail on the web. I would very much prefer to get these mails in my normal inbox (which is also not hosted by Google).

Is it possible to subscribe to Google Groups mailing lists like they're normal, non-Google-hosted mailing lists? If yes, how?

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Oops - voted to close for the wrong reason. That will teach me to read questions better. If this gets closed I will vote to reopen. –  ChrisF Mar 14 '11 at 13:03
    
I daresay this would be a better fit for Web Apps, since the real question seems to be "how do I set Google Groups to send the mail to my personal e-mail address." But since what appears to be a working solution has been posted, I won't touch it. –  Pops Mar 14 '11 at 16:17
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Yes, just click in Join this group and choose your preferences. Then you're set

Edit: I'm sorry I've misread your question.

You could try this trick, paste in your browser URL bar:

http://groups.google.com/group/mojolicious/boxsubscribe?email=myid

Replace 'mojolicious' with the name of the group you want to join, and replace myid with the email address you want to use. You should get a confirmation email (I've just tried it and it works with hotmail)

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this makes my google account subscribed. I don't use google mail. Have my own server, with my own domain. –  depesz Mar 14 '11 at 14:47
    
I've corrected my answer =) –  bruno077 Mar 14 '11 at 15:22
    
Looks like working. I'll wait with accepting the answer till I get the first mail form list, but so far I was able to subscribe. Where did you learn it? –  depesz Mar 14 '11 at 17:34
    
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Procedure to join Google Groups without creating a Google account:

  1. First send an email to (Group Name)+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  2. +subscribe is the key, which is appended to the end of group’s email address.
  3. (Group Name) is the name of the group. Space is substituted by “-” (hyphen).
  4. Now, send an email to solidblogger+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  5. Visit he group web page on Google Groups, and click on “About this group”.
  6. Select “About” in the drop down menu.
  7. Look for group email address in the heading of “Group email”, it will look like: Group email solidblogger@googlegroups.com.

Source.

Note: You should send the subscribing email from the email address which you want to receive the messages mailing. You may need to confirm the subscription request for some groups.

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Currently you can join at this URL:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/<groupname>/join
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Is it possible to subscribe to Google Groups mailing lists like they're normal, non-Google-hosted mailing lists?

Yes. You must do as c33s’s tip says.

If you try bruno077’s tip, you will see that Google has changed the web interface and it will not work.

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Good styling! Pay attention to grammar, though. –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 13 '12 at 11:06
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As you can subscribe to the mailing list using your Google Account, and therefore get these mails sent to your address associated with the Google account, you should be able to forward these messages by filtering the appropriate message subjects and sending these to the account you have outside of Google mail. If you look at the actual sender of these Google groups mails, you might be able to figure out a general rule for your filters, so you won't have to set a filter for every mail. It should work as a fine workaround imho.

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Hmm .. Adding filtering will work but only for receiving mails. I will not be able to send from my normal email address :( –  depesz Mar 14 '11 at 14:47
    
You can get around that as well. You can add a rule where you send an email to that specific google account and set it to be forwarded to a specific mailing list address. If you have more than one mailing list you are subscribed to like that, you could use these filters to look for a certain tag you put in your mail, if it finds it, send it to a specific address. I'm afraid that approach won't work in a generic way though. –  private_meta Mar 14 '11 at 14:51
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