[Mailman-Users] Not Moderating a Moderator's Posting

Barry Finkel b19141 at britaine.ctd.anl.gov
Mon May 7 16:48:31 CEST 2007

I have a Mailman 2.1.9 list where the membership is re-built from
an external source.  The list contains all of the occupants of a
certain building who list an e-mail address in the Human Resources
Database.  I assumed that anyone on the list should be able to post
to the list, but the building IT administrator wanted all of the
postings to be moderated.  We accomplished this via

     default_member_moderation = 1

We added some moderator e-mail addresses via the administrative
web page, and we set a moderator password.  There is one minor
problem:  the moderators are set to those persons whom we want to
be able to post to the list (e.g., the building manager).  But those
moderators are subscribed to the list, so when they post, their
"moderation" flag is seen, and their postings are moderated.  I assume
that the code does not check to see that the post is coming from a
moderator and thus does not have to be moderated.  Is this a
bug/design deficiency/characteristic that can be fixed in a future
release?  I did not see anything during a quick search of
Mailman-developers archives.

Note that I cannot easily turn off the "moderated" bit on the
moderators' e-mail addresses, as the list is rebuilt nightly from the
HR Database.

P.S. I was once watching NASA TV during a shuttle mission, and one of
     the astronauts could not get a camera working.  Houston told the
     astronaut to power-cycle the camera.  That worked.  The question
     arose whether that was a bug or a feature.  A few minutes later
     Houston responded, "It is a characteristic".
Barry S. Finkel
Computing and Information Systems Division
Argonne National Laboratory          Phone:    +1 (630) 252-7277
9700 South Cass Avenue               Facsimile:+1 (630) 252-4601
Building 222, Room D209              Internet: BSFinkel at anl.gov
Argonne, IL   60439-4828             IBMMAIL:  I1004994

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