[Mailman-Users] Re: Question regarding certain list properties

Scott R. Godin nospam at webdragon.net
Wed Mar 3 17:48:11 CET 2004

Scott R. Godin wrote:

In between sending this and responding to the list manager it seems I got
temporarily refused to allow to post this, so on the off chance that it
actually did not make it to the list, I'm re-sending it. Apologies if this
actually DID manage to get posted twice, and thanks for all replies. 

> I have a client whom I am doing a website for. The hosting provider has no
> list management software installed (they run FreeBSD), but has given me
> the tentative OK to suggest a package if I can find one that suits my
> needs, and which they will install.
> First question is, If necessary, can it be installed and run solely from
> my client's $HOME if necessary, thus making the entire list package only
> available to my website client? If not, one presumes that vhosting clients
> can be enabled on an as-needed basis by the hosting provider.
> Secondly, my clients particular needs are small, but his wants are many:
>    o he wants to be able to post messages that every subscribed user
> receives (non-digested) immediately. (basically sales promotional, and new
> product announcements. that's it.) probably between one and five per
> month.
>    o no subscribed users will be allowed to post back to the _list_, only
>    to
> the reply address (which will be my client's sales at his.site.com address,
> more or less). any attempts by a subscriber to post to the list will be
> sent to the list owner's address instead and will NOT be seen by the other
> members of the list.
>    o no subscriber on the list will see another subscriber's e-mail
>    address
> in any mail received from the list (i.e. in CC: or whatever).
>    o subscription will initially be via a web-based form, which will send
>    a
> confirmation e-mail to the address supplied, and require a response from
> the end user to the effect of "yes this is me and I want to be subscribed"
> before adding them to the list.
>    o any further list interaction by the subscriber will be via _e-mail
> only_ to subscribe/unsubscribe/temporary-disable-and-reenable themselves
> to/from the list. No additional web-interface is required.
>    o the list itself will be text-only. no html.
> Would all these options be configurable for a single vhosted client of a
> hosting-provider's server?
> How much of this will the hosting provider have to configure for us, and
> How much of it will we have to/be able to configure ourselves once we've
> been set up by the provider?
> Very interested in seeing discussion on this. This is my first foray into
> list management as a website kinda guy, so I'm totally unaware of what to
> expect and don't want to presume too much, so if my questions seem
> excessive, I plead utter complete spastic ignorance. For the most part,
> FAQ's rarely ever answer any of the questions *I* usually have, and I go
> read them later (although I've already looked and confirmed that they do
> not contain these answers, or else I misunderstood)
> I run red hat/fedora core at home and since this is bundled with Mailman,
> I figured you guys would be a good place to start my search for a list
> manager since I can play with it at home to test things.
> I look forward to your replies and hope my search ends here. :)

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