[Mailman-Users] misfeature/bug in MM 2.1
Barry A. Warsaw
barry at python.org
Sat Jan 18 21:43:06 CET 2003
>>>>> "JAE" == Jeff A Earickson <jaearick at colby.edu> writes:
JAE> In my study of my mailing lists today (both new in MM 2.1,
JAE> and upgraded from 2.0.13), I made the sad discovery that
JAE> generic_nonmember_action = 0
JAE> for **all** of my lists. The "bend over and take spam"
JAE> setting. I noticed that DEFAULT_GENERIC_NONMEMBER_ACTION is
JAE> set to one in Mailman/Defaults.py, but I don't think this
JAE> setting works properly. If it did work properly, I would
JAE> argue that the default should be 2 (reject), not 1 (hold for
JAE> administrator). Why should the list administrator be
JAE> bothered with having to tend admin requests from spammers and
JAE> other idiots?
Mailman isn't an anti-spam program, although it has some modest
anti-spam defenses. Since there are lots of anti-spam programs out
there, it should be pretty easy to install a good anti-spam program
upstream of Mailman. I just gave a talk at the MIT spam conference
about our approach and will be putting our slides up on the web
somewhere soon (probably on spamconference.org -- not sure yet).
BTW, on the train to said conference, I got working a prototype
integration of Mailman and spambayes, and I'll probably be checking
this into cvs when I get back <wink>. I'd label it as an interesting
experiment, but whether it'll be useful remains to be seen. I doubt
it will eliminate the need for other upstream spam catching tools.
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