[Mailman-Users] Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Making two "connected" lists

Ken Manheimer klm at digicool.com
Wed Mar 24 23:39:53 CET 1999

On Mon, 22 Mar, Greg Connor <gconnor at nekodojo.org> wrote:

> I would like to make two "connected" lists...  The idea is that some
> want to get "announcements only" and other users want "announcements
> discussion".

Check out the admin general-options long description for the "umbrella
lists" option (search for "umbrella" on a list's general admin options
page).  If i'm not mistaken, umbrella lists are specifically intended
for what you're trying to do.  

The idea for umbrella lists is to redistribute to other lists - they
direct admin messages (password reminders, other notices) to special
addresses associated with the subscribing lists, so the passwords don't
get advertised to all the members of the subscribing lists.  To use an
umbrella list for announcements, you'll probably want to have the
umbrella announcement list distribute to _two_ other lists - the
discussion list, and a subordinate announcements list.  Ie:

gregs-announcements is an umbrella list with two subordinate lists:
	gregs-announcements-only - announcements-only members would
subscribe to this
	gregs-discussions - announcements and discussion members would
subscribe to this

The subscribers would need to understand that announcements should be
sent (if anyone can make announcements) to the superior
'gregs-announcements' list, not 'gregs-announcements-only'.  Does this
make sense?

klm at digicool.com

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