[Mailman-Users] NEWBIE Seeking Reference Materials/Developers
drew.tenenholz at isid.org
Wed Oct 5 18:47:48 CEST 2005
Dear List --
I hope you can help me find books, reading materials, and possibly
developers in my area that can help me customize Mailman for one of
my clients. I previously posted to one of the language specific
Mailman lists, but got no replies.
If you have the time to read the details below and can recommend ways
to get started using Mailman/Python, I would greatly appreciate it.
If not, what is the 'best' way to look for Mailman resources?
Database Designer/Web Administrator
International Society for Infectious Diseases
I am a FileMaker Pro developer in the Boston area.
My client is the International Society for Infectious Diseases
<http://www.isid.org> and I have become their de facto IT department.
Prior to my arrival, they were running a collection of carefully
moderated mailing lists with majordomo on a Sun 250 machine (Solaris
8) <http://www.promedmail.org> with about 32,000 subscribers. They
still do so today.
They have purchased a Mac OS XServe (dual 1.25GHz), running OS X 10.3
(Panther), Apache 1.3 and Mailman 2.1.4 and want to take advantage of
the pre-installed Mailman
What is needed:
How can we adapt the public subscription pages to limit user's options?
Although Mailman provides a wealth of options, our users truly need
less. Right now, most of them know nothing more than
subscribe/unsubscribe via email, and we employ customized web pages
that issue email-based commands on their behalf.
One major reason for switching to Mailman was the
internationalization support. We are now running one list which
should be sending almost exclusively Cyrillic posts (Russian).
What is required to insure postings appear in Cyrillic text? Will
they be UNICODE or HTML/charset encoded? (i.e. How will the Oracle
9i system handle the posts, assuming that it gets them at all? We
want to be able to search that database in Cyrillic after all.)
Our UNIX/Perl programmer has already modified the message headers to
include a necessary custom header to integrate with an Oracle
database archiving system for searching and displaying posts.
Has this been done 'correctly'?
Is it possible to create our own customized subscription pages that
issue the required Python commands AND some additional
FileMaker/Lasso/XML commands to update the subscriber database used
by the office staff?
We need to gather more information than simply an email address. We
ask list members for contributions and use aggregate statistics in
grant proposals, so email addresses alone are not sufficient. If
there is a seamless way to integrate the systems, that would be
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