[Mailman-Users] Programmatic Subscription

Jeff Shepherd jeffs at tolisgroup.com
Fri May 9 23:26:45 CEST 2008

Hi Bill,
Ah, that actually makes a lot more sense. :-)

Now you've got me thinking... :-)


Bill Honneus (honneus) wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Bill
> -----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.
> -Jeff
> 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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