[ mailman-Bugs-865489 ] tunable rejection message for non-members?

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Bugs item #865489, was opened at 2003-12-24 14:16
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Category: security/privacy
Group: None
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Submitted By: David Abrahams (david_abrahams)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: tunable rejection message for non-members?

Initial Comment:
I got this at the end of a bitter complaint from someone 
who couldn't
figure out how to get into our mailing lists starting from 

> I also recommend cleaning up the newsgroup 
registration procedure so
> that people who are not aware of the unusual 
requirement of
> pre-registration are told why it exists and how to deal 
with it.
> For example, I got this back when I first tried to post:
>   You are not allowed to post to this mailing list, and 
your message has
>   been automatically rejected.  If you think that your 
messages are
>   being rejected in error, contact the mailing list owner 
>   boost-users-owner at lists.boost.org.

It appears Mailman allows us to tune the message 
that "moderated
members" get when they post.  Ours is:

  You are posting to a moderated mailing list from an 
email address
  that is not subscribed to the list.

  To facilitate the moderators job, we insist that all 
postings come
  from email addresses that are subscribed to the list 
(this does not
  mean that you have to receive individual emails from 
the list, or
  that you can't use a news group alias to access and 
post to the
  list, just that you must register first).

  Please visit 
http://lists.boost.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/boost to
  register with the list.


  The Boost List Moderators

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have a way to tune 
the message given
to users who aren't members.  If we want to keep 
spammers out by
requiring registration before posting, *and* we want to 
first-time posts, but we want users to get a nice 
explanation of how
to get posting privileges, what can we do?


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