[Mailman-Users] some suggestions for mailman 2

Ron Jarrell jarrell at vt.edu
Thu Aug 31 01:25:17 CEST 2000

At 01:39 PM 8/30/00 -0700, Dan Mick wrote:

>> >        - I'd be *most useful* to have a another subscriber option
>> >        which indicated that the subscriber wasn't really a person
>> >        but was, in reality, a sublist. For those subscribers
>> >        monthly notices (which should also be a per-subscriber thing
>> >        IMO) and other administrativia would be sent to owner-<subscriber>
>> >        (or <subscriber>-owner, or <subscriber>-admin).
>> Umm, that's what the entire "umbrella list" concept is for; it's switches 
>> do that.  Or were you wanting to mix people and lists?
>Speaking personally, I've yet to understand what "umbrella list"
>means, or how it changes Mailman's operation.  Anyone who understands
>this want to take a shot at explaining it?

It's a list that consists of just other lists.  I use it locally to consolidate some lists that
have similar types of users; like two clubs that often co-sponsor events, with
overlapping memberships.  There's a combined list that gets both.  If mailman knows
it's an umbrella list, it won't do silly things like send the password reminders to
the member lists, because it knows they're not people.

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