[Mailman-Users] List admin controling member list thru email

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sun Nov 19 19:57:12 CET 2006

Alan McConnell wrote:
>	Let me add my humble voice to endorse Mr Mahesh's ideas.  I'd 
>	like to be able to approve/disapprove member joining, and 
>	unknown people posting, as well.

You can currently approve/discard held posts by email. If
admin_immed_notify is Yes, the notification is a MIME message with
three parts; a text/plain part containing the notice, a message/rfc822
part containing the original message and a message/rfc822 part
containing something like

Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Subject: confirm 99dfd3ff954d1b6b6a9af15004d2deaa457f5128
Sender: listname-request at example.com
From: listname-request at example.com

If you reply to this message, keeping the Subject: header intact,
Mailman will discard the held message.  Do this if the message is
spam.  If you reply to this message and include an Approved: header
with the list password in it, the message will be approved for posting
to the list.  The Approved: header can also appear in the first line
of the body of the reply.

If you reply to that message part or send any message to the
listname-request at example.com address with the 'confirm xxxx' subject,
the original message will be accepted or discarded depending on the
presence or absence of the Approved: header/line in the reply.

This is not the case currently for subscription approvals, but I will
look into implementing that.

>I hope there is a wish list that mailman developers will keep in mind,
>as they further improve/enhance.  I would hope the goal would be
>that admins, as well as users, could do everything by E-mail as well
>as by web interface.

The current 'wish list' is at
<http://wiki.list.org/display/DEV/Mailman+2.2>. There is also a list
at <http://www.list.org/todo.html> that contains "Provide an email
interface to all administrative commands".

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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