[Mailman-Users] E-mail-based moderation

Brian J Mingus Brian.Mingus at Colorado.EDU
Tue Oct 27 05:54:12 CET 2009

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 10:34 PM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:

> I have mailman set up such that I am aliased to the *-owner address and I
> receive an e-mail for every message sent to my moderated list. The subject
> of this e-mail is "Connectionists post from * requires approval." This
> e-mail has two forwarded messages embedded in it, one from the poster, and
> another that looks like this:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: *-request
> To:
> Date:
> Subject: confirm e2a38902a4d73808769e0bd9e848a069010c3181
> If you reply to this message, keeping the Subject: header intact,
> Mailman will discard the held message.  Do this if the message is
> spam.  If you reply to this message and include an Approved: header
> with the list password in it, the message will be approved for posting
> to the list.  The Approved: header can also appear in the first line
> of the body of the reply.
> This almost allows me to moderate my list entirely from within Gmail. Gmail
> Labs contains a "Canned responses" feature that allows me to easily insert
> the Approved: password line into my reply. Unfortunately *-request isn't the
> address that sends me this e-mail, so I must change the address in my reply.
> The subject is also wrong so I must change that, rendering this solution
> ineffective. Ideally Mailman would send me this e-mail from *-request
> instead of *-owner, would continue to include the posters entire e-mail, and
> would use the confirm <hash> subject line, including accepting Re: confirm
> <hash> as a valid reply.
> I am not the sysadmin of the mail server, but if there is some simple way
> to configure mailman to behave in this way it would be highly desirable for
> me. My list has 5,000 subscribers and the mail server is extremely slow.
> Moderating from the mailman interface is tortuous for me, but having to jump
> through so many hoops in Gmail is just as bad.
> Many thanks :)
> /Brian

I just found an e-mail sent to Mailman-Developers that never received a
reply. It is essentially identical to mine. How can I bring this feature to


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