[Mailman-Users] Mailman and Gmane ?

John Fitzsimons johnf at net2000.com.au
Wed Jan 20 01:14:00 CET 2010

On Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:57:33 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
>John Fitzsimons writes:

Hi Stephen,

> > Then I got the next Gmane email...
> > "You are now authorized to post to the
> > xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx newsgroup." etc.
> > I shouldn't have got that second email, or had my newsgroup post
> > forwarded to the newsgroup.

> > Can anyone here suggest where the problem may be please ?

>List membership is easy to spoof anyway.  

Umm. I was beginning to wonder about that. I am familiar with usenet
spoofing but hadn't thought deeply enough about that situation in
email.  :-(

If I understand you correctly then anyone can post to any unmoderated
emailing list by simply spoofing someone who is authorised to post ?

>The only way to control traffic to your list is to moderate it.

Okay, of course that is quite impractical. I cannot be around to
"authorise" posts 24 hours a day.  :-(  I am now beginning to see one
of the reasons why those abominations called web boards are so

> > As well as to suggest a way to fix it please ?

>Moderate the GMane subscription.

Okay, that however would pretty much kill the mailing list. If someone
posted while I was asleep then they would have to wait hours for my

> > So it "appears" to be setup correctly.
> > Can anyone here help me with this please ?

>GMane has a bad reputation around here for not respecting the wishes
>of list owners.  It's very convenient for your users, but if you allow
>GMane to gateway to your list, you are at their mercy.

Unfortunately, like the majority of internet users who have limited
finances, I have no choice. They are the only people in the world,
that I know of, who enable people to have a free NNTP server 

>I don't have strong anti-GMane feelings myself; I consider it a
>valuable service to my lists.

Agreed. Unless you have money, and/or are a unix expert with root
access somewhere, your choices for private newsgroups other than 
Gmane are zero.

It is a pity that nobody in the open source community is interested in
creating an NNTP server that someone, who isn't a unix expert, could
install on a "hosted" web site.  :-(

Thank you for your feedback.

Regards, John.

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