[Mailman-Users] umbrella lists and approved senders

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Sep 30 01:31:28 CEST 2005

Gary Casterline wrote:
>We've set up chain of hierarchical lists to accommodate annual groups.
>Each year we create a list for the new cohorts:
>    class-of-2003 at example.tld
>    class-of-2004 at example.tld
>    class-of-2005 at example.tld
>and then add the new class-of list to the umbrella list:
>    alumni at example.tld
>Each list is set to allow postings from subscribers and a
>small set of approved non-subscribed addresses.  I'd like to add
>these approved addresses to the umbrella list and have messages go
>through without owner/moderator approval to the sublists.
>As it is now, we have to add the approved addresses to each sublist.
>Any suggestions?

I'm not sure exactly what you're trying to do, but the patch at
may help.

This patch allows you to put '@listname' in list_2's
accept_these_nonmembers field and then all the members of listname are
allowed to post to list_2.

If I understand you correctly, you could do the following:

Create list_x. No one will post to this list. No general users need to
be aware of it. You can set it up per
so it is fully moderated and no one can post.

You then add all your non-member 'approved' addresses to this list.

Then when you create a new class-of-xxxx at example.tld list, you put
@list_x in the accept_these_nonmembers field.

Thus, all the members of list_x will be allowed to post to any of the
class-of-xxxx at example.tld lists, and the special approved posters can
be dynamically maintained just by maintaining the membership of list_x.

This does require installation of the patch, which may or may not be an

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