[Mailman-Users] mail distro, newsgroup, or both?
brad at python.org
Tue Jun 3 19:20:04 CEST 2008
bergenpeak at comcast.net wrote:
> I'd like the mail distro to be "open" meaning one shouldn't have to
> subscribe to send to the distro.
That guarantees that the spammers will hit it heavily, once they find out
> I'm thinking the mail distro would
> have no receipients other than the archive. It's sort of like a
> newsgroup but where info could be added to the "newgroup" (archive) via
If you're only going to use it for archiving purposes, it sounds to me more
like you want a newsgroup than a mailing list.
> Is there an easy way to index and search over one or more mailman distros?
Mailman distros? There is no such thing.
Do you mean Mailman mailing lists? The interface is exposed to third-party
archivers, such as mhonarc, and there are other third-party index/search
tools that also can be relatively easily integrated. Search the FAQ Wizard
for more info on that subject.
> I'm not sure how to address "followups". In a newsgroup paradigm,
> replying to a post brings that thread to the top of the newsgroups. I
> don't think that's the cases with mailman and threads (though I could be
If you're doing an archive-only mailing list, there would be no such thing
as followups, or message threading, since no one would be receiving a copy
of the messages by mail and they wouldn't have access to any of the headers
that are used to build threads, etc....
The best you could do would be to have people manually copy relevant
portions of a message from the archives into a new message and then post
that to the same list, and hope that they also remember to keep the same
You're basically destroying much of the value of the archives of a proper
mailing list, because you've got an input to the process but no normal outputs.
Brad Knowles <brad at python.org>
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