[Mailman-Users] auto-rejecting non-subscriber posts

Heiko Rommel rommel at suse.de
Tue Feb 12 22:36:00 CET 2002

On Tue, 12 Feb 2002, WJCarpenter wrote:

> [[This is so irritating (after a while) that I can't believe it's not
> a more popular gripe.  Feel free to rub my nose in the obvious
> solution.]]
> I help run a very low volume mailing list.  Most days, there are no
> postings.  Sometimes weeks can go by with no postings.  Every day,
> though, we get lots of spam.  On weekends, it's at least a couple
> dozen a day.  All of this spam gets trapped by the "members only" list
> option.
> So far, so good.
> It's sort of tedious to go through the web interface to clear out
> 50-100 spams.  Click, scroll, click, scroll, ... fall asleep, click,
> scroll, ....
> I wish one of these things were available:
> 1.  A configuration setting that would automatically "reject"
> non-member postings, just as if I had gone through the web interface
> and selected "reject" for each message.  (We don't want to
> automatically "discard" non-member posts because we do get the
> occasional legit non-member posting.  That's the same reason we don't
> run a spam filter that silently discards traffic.)
> -or-
> 2.  A configuration setting that would automatically mark non-member
> postings as "reject" instead of "defer" in the web interface.  That
> way, we'd just have to do one submit to clear out the crap and then
> could easily see if there was something interesting in the queue.
> So, is there anything like either of those in some place I haven't
> looked?

Both issues sound to me as if you would like to run a MTA in front off
Mailman which protects your lists from all that crap ;-)

Split horizon mail services come to my mind when I here this.


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