[Mailman-Users] Auto-deleting mail from outside .no?

Patrick Bogen pdbogen at gmail.com
Tue Oct 17 19:45:26 CEST 2006

On 10/17/06, Lindsay Haisley <fmouse-mailman at fmp.com> wrote:
> Actually, discard_these_nonmembers on the same admin page I cited is a better
> option if most of it is spam.

Just to expand on what Lindsay is saying:

Rejecting 'spam' mails means that mailman will send a message back
saying the message was rejected. This is bad netcitizenry, because
most likely, the return address on the spam is a fake, so by sending
the spam bounce, you're actually spamming someone wlse (at worst), or,
at best, sending the mail into a blackhole. Which is to say: best
case, the reject is worthless. Worst case, you're adding to the

Which is why Lindsay recommended that you use
discard_these_nonmembers, which silently drops the messages, instead
of sending an email back.

Of course, the other side of this is that if there are legitimate
messages that get discarded, you won't know they were ever there, and
the person won't know they didn't get to you.

- Patrick Bogen

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