[Mailman-Users] Sending a human message to the LISTNAME-request address.
Barry A. Warsaw
bwarsaw at cnri.reston.va.us
Sat Mar 20 06:42:18 CET 1999
Let me try to follow up to this thread. Apologies if I've missed out
on part of the discussion, and for the random nature of the responses
- I agree that mailman@ ought to be a context-independent way of
contacting the server. It's more inline with what Majordomo does,
which is what I think John modeled Mailman after most closely.
However mailcmd would have to be fixed so it could handle such
- mailman-owner@, owner-mailman@, and mailman-admin@ should go to a
human, probably the site administrator. This is more in line with
the standard addresses generated for real lists.
- list-request@ goes to the server. I think it's too late to change
this default, although if you wanted to, you should be able to
change the aliases to use a different standard (I haven't tried
this, so I can't say whether this actually works or not).
- mailcmd should be fixed so that it sends a much more helpful
response when the message contains errors. Greg's right that it
probably isn't a huge amount of work, but given the Web-centric view
of Mailman, it's not surprising this hasn't had as much attention as
- I18N has been discussed many times. Much of the text that a human
eventually sees is factored out into files, but not all of it. I'd
like to make setting up the I18N architecture the big feature for
the 1.1 release.
- Design questions are probably best discussed on mailman-developers.
- To answer Bill's question about the `admin model' Mailman supports.
Here at python.org, we have a large number of lists, managed by many
independent remote admins. While this is an important design
decision, Mailman could do better. Harald has recently talked about
some plans for introducing real user objects into Mailman, which
would allow an admin to manage several lists more easily (it would
also allow users to manage their multiple subscriptions much more
easily). Post 1.0
Hope that catches me up with this thread. I'll try to add some of
these things to the new Jitterbug database.
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