[Mailman-Users] A Vote Against Passwords

Scott Russell scottrus at raleigh.ibm.com
Tue Aug 1 23:32:17 CEST 2000

It's trivial to write a php (or perl) cgi that would allow a user to enter
their email address, choose a list, and submit the info to subscribe
without ever choosing a password.

Lets say you have a list called easylist at mailman.org. Sending an email to
easylist-request at mailman.org with the body of the message as 

  subscribe address=newuser at nowhere.com

should subscribe the new address and send them an email confirmation
according to the list settings. Done this way mailman will generate a
password for the new user. If they wish to unsubscribe or change options
they will need that password.

Hope this helps a bit.


 On Tue, Aug 01, 2000 at 05:23:10PM -0400, Mentor Cana wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Aug 2000, at 13:42, Dan Mick wrote:
> > Mentor Cana wrote:
> > > 
> > > I believe that entering the password should be option. That is, if the user
> > > enters a password  it should be used, otherwise, let mailman chose a
> > > password.
> > 
> > I'm confused; how is that different from what MM does today?
> > 
> Well, as it stands now, if a person wants to subscribe to a list, a
> password is required. That is, the person can't subscribe without entering
> the password (twice) in the required fields.
> later,
> Mentor
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 Scott Russell (scottrus at raleigh.ibm.com)
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