[Mailman-Users] Approve subscription requests via mail
barry at python.org
Sat Nov 18 14:57:23 CET 2006
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On Nov 18, 2006, at 7:48 AM, Georg Sauthoff wrote:
> At the page http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/docs.html the authors
> invite users to just mail to mailman-users@ ('Email Us' - left side,
> like every left side ) and only 'suggest' to subscribe ('We suggest
> subscribe to the list first' - right side, 2nd paragraph).
I agree that this is not the most user friendly arrangement, and that
we should have a way for non-subscribers to "get help". That "get
help" address should be advertised as the "email us" link.
Of course, that address will be a spam magnet, which is why the list
admins (justifiably) insist that if that help address is mailman-
users, the latter must be subscription protected.
One alternative would be to do something like what the Python
community does. They have a "help" address that anybody can email,
but for which subscriptions are controlled. The volunteer helpers
understand they'll get spammed but still they accept this because it
benefits novice Python users. Subscriptions are controlled so that
the list doesn't become just a general discussion list (competing
against python-list) and so that the participants are known Python
Would this work for us? The Python community is much larger than the
Mailman community, so has a larger pool of volunteers to draw from.
A competing concern is that our Mailman experts like Mark, Brad, and
everyone else here on mailman-users wouldn't get burned out and just
leave mailman-help (or worse, leave mailman-users too!).
So I don't know what the right answer is, and I must defer to the
folks on this list. If you have suggestions, please discuss! For
me, this isn't just limited to a desire to help Mailman users; it
seems to me an acknowledgment that Mailman is missing a fundamental
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