[Mailman-Users] Using spam filters on subject line

Bob McLeran rmcleran at ix.netcom.com
Thu Nov 30 05:51:23 CET 2006

We're trying to stop emails with the string "test" - and that works with 
the filter subject: test currently. What I'd like to do is to be able to 
create a rule that would allow a legitimate subject line, like "testing 
NMEA circuit" which includes the string "test" to go through without 
being blocked so I don't have to approve subsequent emails which are 
responding to the legitimate post even though they contain the blocked 

It doesn't matter that every email with the string "test" is initially 
stopped; we want to then take the legitimate subject lines to create 
something (a rule, a pass-through filter, whatever it is called) to 
allow subsequent emails with that subject to go to the list without 
administrator intervention.


On 11/29/2006 9:55 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Bob McLeran writes:
>  > Using Mailman 2.1.9 as a list administrator.
>  > 
>  > Trying to block posts with string "test" in the subject line but would 
>  > like to automatically approve certain subjects with the same string, 
>  > such as "testing engine components" - is this possible under either 
>  > "Header Filter Rules" or "Bounce Matching Headers" in the Privacy 
>  > Options/Spam Filters section?
> Yes, but your problem is not well-enough specified yet.  What are you
> trying to do here?  Prevent Joe Luser from posting "test" to see if
> he's really subscribed or if the mailing list is down?  Or create a
> "safety string" that the list admin can use to check if mailman is
> receiving?  How much do false positives and negatives matter?

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