[Mailman-Users] New Mailman Administrator Questions

Mike Lyne Mike at Lyne.Net
Fri Feb 25 21:31:34 CET 2005

Hi folks,

Many thanks to Brad and Mark for their help - the FAQ on python.org looks 
absolutely essential reading.

>>  Question 1 - Is there a way to add large numbers of email addresses as
>>  List members to Mailman easily and quickly in one, or a few, simple
>>  actions?

 From the responses from Brad and Mark I can see that I use the command 
add_members from the mailman bin directory.  Excellent - that's easy!

>>  Question 2 - Can email addresses be added singly (as Members of the
>>  List, not using the nonmember options in the List Administration area)
>>  to the Mailman List by an Administrator by email as per majordomo?
>         The e-mail interface to Mailman is limited.  What functionality 
> in this area that does exist, is primarily aimed towards the users being 
> able to interact with the system via e-mail, as opposed to the administrators.
>         I would encourage you to look through the List Manager 
> documentation at <http://www.list.org/admins.html>, and the Site 
> Administrator documentation at <http://www.list.org/site.html>.
>>  Question 3 - Could a Membership Number Field be added to the Mailman
>>  Web Sign up form?  If so, would it show up in the List Admin or
>>  Moderator Approval system if subscribe_policy is set to approval?
>         Not without making changes to the Python code.

That rules me out!

>>  Last of all, we already have a "Members Only" section of our website
>>  which needs the Members to "log in" using username and password so this
>>  automatically validates their Membership and their right to be there.
>>  Question 4 - Can the Web Interface for signing up for the various Lists
>>  be customised so that a Members Only Mailing List sign-up web page is
>>  only accessible in a Members Only directory/area of the website yet the
>>  Public List is in a (different) Public directory/area of the Website?
>         You could probably make Python code changes to support that, yes.
>         While you're at it, I'd recommend taking a look at the various 
> entries in the Mailman FAQ Wizard at 
> <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py>, and you should also search 
> the archives of the mailing list (see 
> <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq01.018.htp>).
>Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>
>"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
>temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
>     -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), reply of the Pennsylvania
>     Assembly to the Governor, November 11, 1755
>   SAGE member since 1995.  See <http://www.sage.org/> for more info.

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