I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask my second question, if
not apologies in advance.
I run an announcement-only mailing list which has become the target of a
lot of spam, so I've set unsubscribed emails to be immediately
discarded. 99% of the discarded emails are spam, but unfortunately there
is a very small number of ham emails that get sent to the list by
non-members, which I need to be made aware of so I can contact them
So I have turned on the option for discard messages to go to the
list-admin (me), and I get sent the "Auto-discard notification" messages
which includes enough information for me to tell at a glance whether I
need to contect the sender. Great!
This is the question which is definitely on-topic: am I doing it right,
or is there a better way I haven't thought of?
Now, the second part which may be off-topic...
My mail server uses spamassassin, and nearly all of the auto-discard
messages are flagged as spam and filtered into junk mailboxes which I
consistently forget to check. Out of sight, out of mind. I've found a
few ham messages from mailman in my spam folders, months after they were
I tried to whitelist emails from the mailing list by editing
and I added the line:
whitelist_from_rcvd mailman-bounces@mydomain server.mydomain
where I have my actual domain in place of "mydomain". I expected that
this would mean spam assassin would whitelist emails from
mailman-bounces, and not check them, but it seems to still be doing so:
the auto-discard messages still get spam header lines and a spam score.
Am I doing something wrong?
Thanks in advance.