Does anybody know how I can incorporate a "メールマガ" type sign-up to the front page of my moodle site, with the mail magazine then being sent from within moodle? The important thing is that the user signs up simply by putting their e-mail directly into a box provided on the front page, rather than having to go via any kind of login page. I have asked elsewhere in Moodle but have had no response and am wondering if this kind of thing is actually much more common in Japan than it is elsewhere. The popularity of the メールマガ does tend to puzzle me somewhat. I am guessing many addresses inputted are actually for mobile phones, which presents another problem as my forums do not display correctly on Japanese mobile phones (at least not on mine, anyway).
PS This stuff I keep hearing about Moodle being open source and therefore not being properly supported is complete and utter rubbish, and quite annoying rubbish at that and I am always very curious as to exactly where people pick up this stuff. I have had a couple of "emergencies" (both self-inflicted and nothing to do with Moodle itself) myself and have found the support I received from the Moodle Partner (Bill Burgos) both exemplary and immediate. I have heard stories of "reliable" closed source alternatives taking as long as six weeks to fix similar problems, even when an expensive support contract has been taken out.