[Mailman-Users] question

Jon Carnes jonc at haht.com
Wed Feb 6 23:33:35 CET 2002

Your harried list manager is telling you the truth.  Now leave him alone!

Okay, he's telling the truth but he is leaving out that there are ways to
enforce text only emails on a list.  It would involve adding a preprocessor
to the mailing list.  For some folks that is easily accomplished (do-able in
about  four hours), but for folks who have never done it before, it can be a
real time-sink to get up and running.

You could, of course do the research for him... Pop on to www.google.com and
start searching for MTA add-ons like mimedefang.

Jon Carnes

----- Original Message -----
From: "Diana H. Bloomfield" <dlhbloom at mindspring.com>
To: <mailman-users at python.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 1:27 PM
Subject: [Mailman-Users] question

> I've written a couple of people about this, and I get conflicting
> answers.  Here's my question.  I belong(ed) to a discussion group for a
> couple of years.  Because the posts were so frequent, I opted for the
> digest version.  If people don't send in their e-mail in plain text, all
> the HTML coding and MIME junk comes across.  In the last few months
> especially, this became intolerable, with most of the digests filling an
> entire page with this stuff.
> I asked the list moderator to do something.  He didn't write in to the
> list at all, until someone else did, reminding everyone to send in
> e-mails in plain text.  Only then did he write something reminding
> everyone.  That works for about a day.  I waited a few weeks and asked
> again if there was nothing he could do to filter this mess out.  He said
> he "worked all day," had not time to spend on it, suggested I start my
> own list, and said his server would not allow him any filtering
> capabilities.  He uses Mailman 2.0.  Is this true?  He said he would
> have to moderate each e-mail individually and manually bounce each one
> back to the sender.
> I have read up on Mailman, and from what I can tell, Mailman does have
> the capability to do the automatic filtering (or whatever you call it).
> So is the list manager a liar, just stupid, or incompetent?  Is there
> any scenario that would not allow Mailman 2.0 to accomplish this task
> and this list manager to implement this?
> Thanks for your answer.  I ended up unsubscribing, because the junk was
> so intolerable.  I was getting more junk than messages.
> --D. Bloomfield
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