[Mailman-Users] Programmatic Subscription

Bill Honneus (honneus) honneus at cisco.com
Fri May 9 21:07:54 CEST 2008

Hi Jeff,

The reason we want to do this is because we want to control the
subscriptions to our mailing list interface through our application.  We
disable subscriptions and unsubscriptions by email, so the only way that
users can join is through our application interface.  We would only
allow users who have signed on through the application to subscribe, so
they would have already verified themselves.

Hope this clarifies the reason.



-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Shepherd [mailto:jeffs at tolisgroup.com] 
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 2:58 PM
To: Bill Honneus (honneus)
Cc: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Programmatic Subscription

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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