[Mailman-Users] Control over who can become listmember

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Fri Jul 2 15:53:13 CEST 2004

At 2:18 PM +0200 2004-07-02, Peter Huesser wrote:

>  Is it possible for a listowner to have complete control over who can
>  become a listmember and who not ? So nobody can really subscribe to the
>  list. Only the listowner can add new members.

	Yes.  That's called "approval".  Set the list so that all 
subscriptions require approval (by the listowner), and you are done.

	Using the Mailman web admin interface, go to the "Privacy 
Options" page.  The second item on the page should have a description 
of "What steps are required for subscription?"  There should be three 
radio buttons next to this description, marked "Confirm", "Require 
approval", and "Confirm and approve".

	In this context, "Confirm" means that the system sends out an 
e-mail message to the specified user address and asks them to click 
on an URL, or send a reply message back to the system, so that it can 
confirm that they really did want to subscribe to the list. 
"Approval" means that the listowner has to approve the request.  You 
probably want "Confirm and approve".

	All of this should be explained in the Mailman documentation. 
The page at <http://www.list.org/admins.html> links to the listowner 
documentation by Chris Kolar at 
<http://staff.imsa.edu/~ckolar/mailman/>.  You may also want to read 
the user documentation at <http://www.list.org/users.html>.

	You should probably also look at the Mailman FAQ entry at 

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

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