[Mailman-Users] Out-of-office replies
J C Lawrence
claw at kanga.nu
Mon Jan 22 20:01:06 CET 2001
On Mon, 22 Jan 2001 00:38:08 -0800
G Armour Van Horn <vanhorn at whidbey.com> wrote:
> One of my Majordomo lists recently went nuts because of a
> subscriber who left town with an autoreply in place, one that
> responded to every incoming message. Obviously, such a feedback
> loop had quite an impact - luckily I caught it in less than two
> hours when "only" 114 of these messages had been sent out from the
> list. I've had the same thing happen in the distant past with a
> Mercury list.
It is amazing how many vacation implementation are written by the
(hopefully terminally) clueless.
> Does Mailman provide any protection from this?
Unless the vacation program quotes back the message it is reponding
to, it is difficult for Mailman to distinguish between a vacation
loop and am active poster. That said, implementing something like
Formail's MsgID cache for Mailman, except instead of cacheing
MessageIDs cacheing MD5's of message bodies might be a good idea...
J C Lawrence claw at kanga.nu
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