[Mailman-Users] Programmatic Subscription

Jeff Shepherd jeffs at tolisgroup.com
Fri May 9 20:57:34 CEST 2008

Hi Bill,
While I cannot provide insight on how to do this, I wonder why you would 
want to bypass the confirmation in the first place.  The problem with 
bypassing that is that I can then subscribe several people to your list 
without confirming they are the ones who in-fact wanted to be 
subscribed.   I could do this just to annoy people who I dislike.

The purpose of the confirmation is to ensure that this doesn't happen.  
I don't think bypassing it is a very good idea.


Bill Honneus (honneus) wrote:
> Hi,
> When a user subscribes or unsubscribes from a mailing list, they are
> sent an email confirmation and must click a link on the web interface or
> reply to the email to confirm their subscription/removal. One of our
> engineers is creating a portlet on a web application, and what he wants
> to do is allow  the user to be immediately subscribed as soon as they
> click a link.  Is there a way to configure Mailman so that a user is
> immediately subscribed or removed without the confirmation process?
> Alternatively, if we were to write some custom code on our application,
> could we simply call the subscribe cgi script, and then send the
> confirmation request from the application without asking the user for
> further input? 
> Please let me know if this is a sound approach.
> Thanks,
> Bill
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