[Mailman-Users] Any way to prevent un-subscribing?

charlie derr cderr at simons-rock.edu
Wed Oct 1 21:30:08 CEST 2008

Stefan Förster wrote:
> * Elizabeth Schwartz <betsy.schwartz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Our administration wants to use a mailman list for broadcast-only
>> official communications to students.
>>  I've been asked to prevent the students from un-subscribing. Is there
>> a way to do that in any version of mailman? And/or any other
>> convenient mechanism?  The list is a bit unwieldy for plain email
>> aliases.
> If you are using some kind of "aliases" file where
> "listname-unsubscribe" points to the "mailman" script, remove that
> alias. Deactivate your web interface or generate random passwords for
> every student and block access to the page where one can reset
> passwords. Remove the "listname-request" alias, too, so students can't
> use Mailman's advanced features to unsubscribe themselves.
> Probably not what you wanted to hear, isn't it?
> Ciao
> Stefan

Another possible choice is to have the list membership synced from an external source regularly.  If this is on a cron job that 
runs periodically, then any attempted self-removal would always only be temporary (which may be good enough in practice).

	good luck,

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