[Mailman-Users] Moderation action

Patrick Bogen pdbogen at gmail.com
Thu Nov 30 16:03:03 CET 2006

On 11/30/06, Dominika Tkaczyk <d.tkaczyk at uw.edu.pl> wrote:
> I would like my mailing list to have the following configuration: the
> messages from most of subscribers are rejected, and there are a few
> subscribers whose messages are hold for moderation. Is there any way to do
> so without changing the source code? Or maybe there are already some
> patches?
Unfortunately, it looks like, since Moderate.py comes before anything
else, there's no really 'correct' way to do this.

One option that ought to work, however, would be the following:
Moderate all users that you want rejected, and set
member_moderation_action to reject. Unmoderate the users you want
held. Add a header filter rule that matches on everything (something
like a single caret ('^') should suffice), and is set to Hold. I
haven't tested this, and I don't know if it will work or not.

This does seem like something that should be implemented in a more
reasonable manner, though, possibly with the addition of a
'default_member_action,' separate from moderation?

> My second question is: does Mailman use any email authorization or it simply
> checks the From: header of messages?
Mailman only checks the From header, but it also looks for a special
'Approved' header. To use this feature, include an 'Approved:' header
containing the list password (e.g., Approved: foobar), or include it
as the first line of the message. Note that the latter is a bit
dependent on how the message is constructed, so if your email client
handles HTML email weird, and you use that, it's possible that mailman
might miss the header. The handling should be pretty good, though, and
text-only emails should be pretty much foolproof.

- Patrick Bogen

More information about the Mailman-Users mailing list