[Mailman-Users] Use of 'mailman' site list

Wayne Chapeskie waynec at spinnaker.com
Tue Mar 8 13:20:09 CET 2005

I have been converting some lists from majordomo to Mailman, and have
run into a bit of a question regarding the use of the "mailman" site
list.  Does anything ever send to this list, or is it expected that
any human will ever send to this list?

The INSTALL file in the mailman documentation tells you to make sure
you (the site administrator) are subscribed to the list.  It also recommends
configuring the "mailman" site list with the template in
data/sitelist.cfg.  This template sets the generic_nonmember_action to
"reject".  Therefore, if any non-member tries to post to the list,
they get the usual reject message, and there is no pending message for
the list owner to look at.  However, the default web page generated
for both http://dom.ain/mailman/admin and
http://dom.ain/mailman/listinfo contains the advice:

    If you are having trouble using the lists, please contact
    mailman at dom.ain

Which is not possible for the user to do, given the recommended
configuration of the site list.  Which corresponds with the way the
list is intended to be used, the sitelist.cfg configuration, or the
web page message?


Wayne Chapeskie

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