[Mailman-Users] Auto responder problem?

Paul H Byerly paul at thcwd.com
Wed Oct 8 20:04:52 CEST 2003

Glo wrote:
>I am running MM2.1.1 on Redhat 7.3 with Sendmail 8.11.6.
>I have had my list linked to a Yahoogroups list for 8 or 9 months.  Suddenly
>Yahoo has disabled my list address stating that I am running an Auto
>Responder.  I have checked and all the auto responders are turned off.  Does
>anyone have any idea what might be causing this, and what I can do to fix

      It's not Mailman, it's Yahoo.  Yahoo has limits on how many messages 
can be sent in a set time to prevent an auto responder loop from eating up 
resources.  But all they do is count messages.  I Mailman mirrors too many 
messages to fast it will trigger the auto responder lock.  As of Aug 23, 
2003 the trigger point was 50 emails in 20 minutes.  With the way Yahoo has 
been changing things, that may have been lowered.

      If you have a big list, a busy topic might churn out 50 messages in 
that amount of time.  Or if there is a backlog of outgoing messages that 
clears in a hurry you could easily go over.  I don't know any easy way to 
avoid this, but as I will this month be moving a very active list off Yahoo 
to my server and mirroring it to Yahoo, I'd sure like to hear some ideas!

<>< Paul 

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