[Mailman-Users] How to remove sender email from archive

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed Sep 22 16:52:55 CEST 2010

Dave Pawson wrote:

>In the archive view the second line is the sender, name and email address.
>Is it possible to block this/ hide the email address please?
>I'm getting complaints that people won't use the list
>because of spam risks?

If ARCHIVER_OBSCURES_EMAILADDRS = Yes (the default), the address is
mildly obscured ('@' is changed to ' at ' not only here, but in the
message bodies too), and the mailto: link behind it is to the list,
not to the sender.

If this is not sufficient, you can always make the archive private and
it will not be publicly available on the web. Then if you really need
a public archive, you could archive your list with, e.g.,

Further obfuscation of the sender address in the pipermail archive
would require source code modification.

Note that this is controversial amongst users, but many spam
researchers believe that the risk of being spammed as a result of your
address being in a public archive, even unobfuscated, is very small.
Of course, if your users don't accept that, it doesn't matter.

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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