actually, it would be an achievement just to get a news mailing FROM slack. slackware won't even reply to email concerning the subject. i guess they figure if you're going to get an updated or free OS on a daily cron from swaret, mailnews is redundant; if not, the newsletter is no longer just redundant, but innocuous...
i've been subscribed for two years (two seperate subscriptions, too), and have yet to recieve a mailing, batch/daily or otherwise. it would be nice to just click the email and see what i've been auto-installing for the last week.
your only alternative is to swaret --purge manually, only after you've checked /var for what's been going into your OS.
i suspect that the california border has a large >/dev/null funnel sitting on it....
seriously, patrick has a blurb about 9.1's release on slackware.com that includes the irc address for some folks that you might get the straight/skinny out of.