[Mailman-Users] Auto-Responses/Digest Delivery

Camille K. Powell cpowell at asciences.com
Fri Nov 16 19:15:05 CET 2001

Thanks for responding.  I am still having the same problem.  I plan to
contact the postmasters, as suggested.  However, I hope that there is also
something that I can do, in the meantime, on my end.  I double-checked and
replies to list messages are indeed directed to the poster, as recommended.

The strange thing that I noticed is that auto-replies to the list are only
from digest subscribers.  I looked at a digest message to my list.  The "To"
field is the list address and the "From" field is the admin address, for
example, listname-admin at ...  When I try replying to the digest message, I
get the list address!  I would think that a reply to the digest message
would go to the admin address, since that's where the message originated.  

When I reply to a regular posting, I get the poster address.  Is there
something wrong with the digest delivery?  Also, when I am the poster of a
message (and I have delivery set to regular), I get the auto-replies (not
the list).  Is there a way to have all auto-replies to the list sent to the
listname-admin@ address?

Any ideas?  Thanks.

Camille Powell, Web Designer
Analytical Sciences, Inc.
cpowell at asciences.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Marc MERLIN [mailto:marc_news at valinux.com]
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2001 2:17 AM
To: Camille K. Powell
Cc: Greg Ward; mailman-users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Auto-Responses

On Tue, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:26:04PM -0500, Camille K. Powell wrote:
> Thanks, but I hope there's a better way.  I just switched from EZMLM to
> Mailmain and I never had this problem.  The auto-replies used to go to the
> person that posted the message, not to the list.

Actually both are wrong, auto-replies are supposed to go to the envelope
sender, which is the list admin address.

Ezmlm is much smarter than mailman for bounce processing since it uses VERP
and knows exactly which user bounced.

That said, unless  you have a list  that does reply to  munging (forcing the
reply-to to  the list),  auto responses  should never  ever reach  the list,
whether you're using ezmlm or mailman
If an auto-responder  is broken to the point that  it answers receipients in
the To/Cc fields, you can block the sender, but neither mailman or ezmlm can
do anything about it.

If you are using reply-to munging, that may be another reason to consider
not doing it (but the sending mail server is still at fault)

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