[Mailman-Users] private lists with real name signatures

Doug Gaff dougggaff at yahoo.com
Wed May 26 18:01:52 CEST 2010

#2 sounds like a better approach. I'll look into that. Thanks!

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Sapiro [mailto:mark at msapiro.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:15 AM
To: Doug Gaff; Mailman-Users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] private lists with real name signatures

Doug Gaff wrote:
>The request I'm getting from list members is to have their "Real Name"
>displayed but not their email address. I see two ways to do this:
>1.       The "on behalf of" text in the header could put the real name only
>and not the email address.

The "on behalf of" text is just MS Outlook's (and some other MUAs lik
Hotmail) way of displaying the From: header when there is a Sender:
header. In any case, Mailman's way of handling the From: in an
anonymous list is to make it "List description
<list_posting_address>". Replacing the list description with the
poster's name would require modifying the code in

>2.       An auto signature can be appended to the end of each sent message.

Here you could create a custom handler (see the FAQ at
<http://wiki.list.org/x/l4A9>). If the message's metadata contains a
dictionary named decoration-data, that dictionary is used to update
the replacements available for msg_header and msg_footer. Thus if the
custom handler were in the pipeline prior to Cleanse, i.e. prior to
the replacement of the From: header, it could be something like:

from email.Utils import parseaddr
def process(mlist, msg, msgdata):
    poster_name = parseaddr(msg['from'])[0]
    if 'decoration-data' in msgdata:
        msgdata['decoration-data']['poster_name'] = poster_name
        msgdata['decoration-data'] = {'poster_name': poster_name}

This would add %(poster_name)s to the replacements available for
msg_header and msg_footer, and its value would be the real name part
of the From: address of the original post or the empty string if there
wasn't a real name in the From:

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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