[Mailman-Users] MM-2.1.12 Bug (non critical)

J.A. Terranson measl at mfn.org
Fri May 15 18:37:59 CEST 2009

On Fri, 15 May 2009, Mark Sapiro wrote:

> >a subscriber of the "tagged" form:
> >
> >	lists_s+spaml at example.com
> >
> >does not get found on the subscriber search box.  It works fine, and is 
> >seen on the "L" subscribers page, but it cannot be found via search 
> >(likely special characters).
> This is not a bug.

OK, it's poor documentation then.  if the search box is a regex and not a 
straight search, it should be clearly marked as such.  The instance of "+" 
showing up in mailing lists is, as you know, very high, due to the "+ 
delimiter being used to "tag" mail.  A blank search box that says "find 
member" should be able to take the members actual signed on address.  If 
it can't because it's a regex and requires special care, that should be 
noted *on the box*.

> > The entry in the search box is a regular expression and '+' has a 
> special meaning in regular expressions.

It also has a special meaning in email: mailman is an email management 
platform: it should anticipate this common use form of the delimiter, or 
warn people that they need to use regex rules to accomplish what is 
presented as a simple text search.


J.A. Terranson

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