[Mailman-Users] shutting a list

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Tue Oct 9 18:39:44 CEST 2007

kate griffiths wrote:
>Dear Mailman users Can anyone give me any advice on how to close down a list? The list is moving to a new server, but I can't find any info in the FAQs about shutting a list down and the helpful stages to follow.

There is the FAQ at
but I suspect your's is a different question.

Note that you can remove a list and not remove it's archives, but this
probably only makes sense if the archives are public.

>It may be as simple as unsubscribing everyone, but any pointers anyone has would be much appreciated. Plus, if I switch the system to emergency moderation for the switchover process just to avoid any admin messages going to the list when they should come to the admin address, does that have any side effects?

The one thing about emergency moderation that you should be aware of is
that when a post that would not otherwise be held is held for
'emergency moderation', the owner is not sent a specific notice. So
depending on the situation, you may wish to check the admindb
interface periodically. Emergency moderation holds are listed along
with other held messages in the daily summary sent to the list owner.

Instead of setting emergency moderation, you could just set everyone's
moderation bit on, set member_moderation_action to Reject, and set an
appropriate member_moderation_notice informing posters of the new list

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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