[Mailman-Users] Changing the "<listname>-bounces" address

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Sun Mar 22 07:48:44 CET 2009

Mark Sapiro writes:

 > For Mailman 2.2, I am considering changing the Sender: header from the
 > LIST-bounces address to the LIST posting address.

IMO the list-post address is semantically inappropriate.  The sender
header is the mailbox of the agent that injected the message and
presumably would want to know about problems.  That's not the list

I think a better idea is to use a less geeky name like LIST-admin for
the bounce recipient.  That's already taken, you might say, but in
fact I think it works.  This has several advantages IMO:

1.  If the recipient's MTA uses a standard bounce format, it will work
    as it does today, with automatic delivery disabling, etc.
2.  Other bounces will go to a responsible party who can deal with
    them.  This could be combined with the usual moderator flow, with
    an additional button "reply with list-help" along with the current
    defer/accept/reject/discard.  (Yes, I know that for some lists
    this could be a burden.)
3.  On broken MUAs it reads correctly: "From LIST-admin at example.com on
    behalf of author at net.invalid".
4.  Recipients whose MUAs CC the sender can be automatically disabled,
    too!  (Maybe that's not a great idea for corporate MLs where
    people are using Blackberrys and other such common offenders, but
    I often wish I could!)

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