[Mailman-Users] Eliminating access to the web interface/unsubscribing

Jon Carnes jonc at nc.rr.com
Wed Nov 20 23:31:09 CET 2002

You can definitely disable the web interface, but what I do is simply
edit the web page for that particular list and remove that option from
the web page.

Also, you can definitely remove the <listname>-request alias so that no
email requests are handled by the automated services.  In this case I
would point that alias to <listname>-owner and let the owner of the list
handle the emailed requests by hand.

If you are more sophisticated you can front-end the <listname>-request
alias with a procmail script (or a simply a grep) that dumps any
unsubscribe attempts.

In that way, you can gain what you desire!  Remember that when you go
Open Source the answer is: You Can Do It!

Good Luck - Jon Carnes

On Wed, 2002-11-20 at 10:54, Mark Goodge wrote:
> At 16:46 20/11/2002 +0100, Emmanuel Seyman wrote:
> >On Wed, Nov 20, 2002 at 10:10:40AM -0500, Don Becker wrote:
> > >
> > > I have a perfect happy Mailman installation that handles several mailing
> > > lists.  Recently, my boss came to me to ask if I knew of a way to set up a
> > > mailing list under Mailman where the users cannot unsubscribe.
> The answer to this is "no". You can disable the web interface but, short of 
> editing the code, you can't remove the ability of users to unsubscribe by 
> email. The documentation suggests that, if this is what you want, the best 
> option is to simply set it so that you get automatic notifications of 
> anyone unsubscribing.
> >I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question but I would
> >really like to know why the fsck someone would want to have a
> >mailing list where the users can't *unsubscribe* .
> If you wanted to use Mailman (or any other list manager) to handle internal 
> "all staff" mails instead of just using a cc list or alias expansion, then 
> you want to stop people unsubscribing. You wouldn't, obviously, want to do 
> this for external mailing lists.
> Mark
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