[Mailman-Users] Autoresponder and privacy

Clare Redstone clare at catspaw.plus.com
Tue Apr 5 22:30:53 CEST 2011

I've just moved a discussion group from majordomo to Mailman and posted the
first message to the group. So far, I've had one autoresponder message sent
back. Thankfully, from what I can see, it only came to me and not to the
list address, so hasn't started to loop.


But I've a problem over preserving members' privacy. The list of subscribers
isn't available to other list members. So unless someone posts a message in
the discussion, when their email address will show up in headers, I'm the
only person who knows who's registered. And some people will be concerned
that stays the case.


But the autoresponder message came from someone using their work email so it
includes their name, job and contact details. It doesn't matter this time,
as it came to me. But as soon as someone else posts to the group, I assume
they'll get the same out of office message.


I can warn everyone about this and suggest that, if they don't want their
details revealed, they only use an address that they won't set out of
office. But is there anything else I can do? Privacy is important in our
group so I would like to do what I can, rather than leaving it people who
didn't realise about this vulnerable. Meantime, I may unsubscribe this
person so no-one else gets her out of office message.


Not a problem with a loop, thankfully. (Yet? Maybe I'd better put some
filters in pronto!)


I'd be grateful for advice.





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