[Mailman-Users] Approve held msg by replying

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Mon May 7 16:40:41 CEST 2007

John Fleming wrote:
>I can't find it in the FAQ or listname-request help dialogue, but I thought 
>there's a way to approve held messages by replying to the notice that I have 
>held messages?  Tnx - John

There is no way to approve messaged by replying to the summary "'nn
<listname> moderator request(s) waiting" message.

If the lists General Options->admin_immed_notify is set to Yes, the
notification of an individual held message has 3 parts:

- a text/plain part with a summary of the list name, From:, Subject:
and held reason,

- a message/rfc822 part containing the actual held message and

- a message/rfc822 part containing a message From: the list-request
address with Subject: confirm <token> and with body

 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.

So, if you reply to the message in part 3 (or send any message to the
list-request address with 'confirm <the actual token>' as the
subject), the original message will be accepted or discarded depending
on the presense or absense of a valid Approved: <admin or moderator
password> header in the reply.

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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