[Mailman-Users] Removing archives query.

Adam McGreggor adam-mailman at amyl.org.uk
Sun Jan 10 17:12:34 CET 2010

On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 10:42:58AM -0500, William Bagwell wrote:
> Respectively disagree. Even end users of a mailing list can download 
> Gzip'd copies of the archives. The list owner can turn archiving off and 
> the domain administrator (cPanel end user) can *delete* the entire list 
> if they desire. What none of these people can do is simply edit the 
> archives. 

Without shell access, in 'proper' Mailman, editing archives via a 
web-interface isn't a feature.

It does look (on a quick check) like Barry's implementing something to
allow deletion of messages in Mailman 3; 

    <http://is.gd/60T6L> / 

and the 'Deleting messages from the store' section (in the rev I'm
looking at lines 95 -> 116.

> Spam, blocks of older posts when the plan runs out of space,  
> even Aunt Bee's secret pickle recipe all must await support at the 
> hosting company to remove.

Hum, that makes me think there aren't that many calls for this sort of
thing. The lazy hosting SysAdmin in me would think, "oh, they want to
do this. I imagine others would too. Let me write something to do

It's very rare that I have to edit list-archives. I hate doing it.
Even with mutt against the mbox. It's still a complete pain (not least
for breaking URIs). (That aspect is fixed in MM3, though.)

> Personally know more list owners I would trust with this task than level 1 
> support personal. 

In which case, empower (or get others who can to) the list-owners to
so do. It makes sense for companies to listen to their customers.

``I speak better English than this villain Bush.''
  (Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, attrib.)

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