[Mailman-Users] Re: Or just hack it (WAS: Re: Zest as an Archiver)

Paul H Byerly paul at thcwd.com
Fri Oct 17 18:48:36 CEST 2003

Brad Knowles wrote:
>  Paul H Byerly wrote:
> >       You can have a public list that is hidden.  Just set it to no
> >  for "Advertise this list when people ask what lists are on this
> >  machine?" in "Privacy options"
>         I'm not talking about the list.  It's already hidden.  I'm
>talking about the archives for the list.  I'd like them to be hidden
>but not restricted by password.

      I'm not sure I understand, if the list is hidden, are not the 
archives?  Are you trying to have them unsearchable by Google and the 
like?  Adding the proper meta will take care of that, and if you set it in 
article.html it will be on each post.
      If you want a private archive but don't want to have to get a 
password to everyone then set up a guest login/password combination and put 
it on the log in page (private.html) so anyone who gets there can 
login.Just subscribe guest at my.domain.com with password guest, and set the 
account to no-mail.  To make it more clean, set the user name and password 
as hidden fields, so only the "Let me in button" shows.  You could even use 
JavaScript to push the button with OnLoad; this would make the log-in 
screen nothing more than a flicker as folks enter.
      The only down side to this is someone could go to options and change 
the setting for the account, which would do no damage other than closing 
the door.  Setting the password as hidden and using JS to execute would 
reduce the chances of this.

<>< Paul 

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