[Mailman-Users] Spam avoidance, revisited: best practices?

John W. Baxter jwblist3 at olympus.net
Thu Aug 24 02:46:19 CEST 2006

On 8/23/06 1:18 PM, "Dragon" <dragon at crimson-dragon.com> wrote:

> Matt England sent the message below at 12:14 8/23/2006:
>> At 8/23/2006 11:52 AM, Patrick Bogen wrote:
>>> I think he meant: auto-moderate new users, and unmoderate them after
>>> some amount of time has passed (e.g., after a day or after a week)
>> Yes, that's correct.
>> Can Mailman do the above (auto-moderate new users, and then automatically
>> un-moderate them after a certain duration)?
> ---------------- End original message. ---------------------
> It can do the first part but not the second.
> What you need is a script that will check the moderation setting,
> check the time since subscription, and reset the setting if the
> threshold is reached. You would then run that script as a cron job. I
> don't know if there is a way to find the time somebody subscribed, I
> don't think it is stored in the config.pck for the list but it may be
> in a log somewhere.

Or, one could take the position that if a new subscriber turns out to be a
lurker only, it doesn't matter whether she is still marked as moderated in a
few months, or not.  On the other hand, if she does post "properly", some
moderator will decide to remove the moderation.

I'm not sure automation is in order here in the general case.


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