[Mailman-Users] How to approve a moderated post via email reply?

John DeCarlo jdecarlo at mitre.org
Tue Oct 14 14:29:23 CEST 2003


1. The format is "Approved: password".  But.

1.a.  This should be a header - but few email clients (MUAs) support 
adding a new header.

1.b.  Your other choice is to make sure it is the first line of text. 
If you are sending in HTML format, it won't be.

2.  You are sent a message with two attachments.  The main message tells 
you you have to moderate something.  The first attachment is the 
original message to moderate.  The second attachment is the instruction 

2.a.  You have to reply to the instruction message to approve or 
disapprove the message.  This can be very difficult with most MUAs.

2.b.  The alternative is to compose a new message.  Make sure it is to 
the listname-request address (which it would be if you replied to the 
second attachment message).  Make sure it has the same Subject.  This is 
particularly important because Mailman is looking for "confirm ..." with 
the long string following to identify the message being approved or not.

Hope this helps.

Merle Reine wrote:
> I have a moderated list of staff at somedomain.com.  When the list 
> moderator gets an email to approve/deny a post, I know he gets a url to 
> go to to approve/deny the post.  It also talks about replying to the 
> email with an "Approved" subject and password to approve the post via 
> email reply.
> Does anyone know the format of the reply?  I have tried "Approve" 
> "Approved"  with the password etc, in the subject of the reply but none 
> work.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.


John DeCarlo, My Views Are My Own

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