[Mailman-Users] private lists with real name signatures

Doug Gaff doug.gaff at gmail.com
Sun Jan 23 23:51:36 CET 2011

(Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I recently switched to a VPS, and now finally have access to the mailman install.)

As mentioned in the old thread, I'd like add %(member_name) and %(member_address) as variables that can be used in the msg_header and msg_footer fields if desired by the list administrator. The idea is that messages sent to an anonymous mailing list could have msg_header set to this:

%(member_name) writes:

And in the subscription list, member_name would be the "handle" used by each person. This way, the email addresses stay anonymous, but the messages are still signed. Consider it "semi-anonymous". :)

I'm not totally getting the custom handler thing, and I need this only for one of the lists I host. Something the list admin could setup if desired. It seems like a handler would fire for everyone. A better solution, if a hack, would be to modify the mailman source code, but I could use some pointers on where to get started.



On May 26, 2010, at 1:39 PM, Doug Gaff wrote:

LOL. I'll work on the handler. I'm not sure whether I can do this is a
shared hosted environment, though. I'm looking into it. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen J. Turnbull [mailto:stephen at xemacs.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:24 PM
To: Doug Gaff
Cc: 'Mark Sapiro'; Mailman-Users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] [Bulk] Re: private lists with real name

Doug Gaff writes:

> Why isn't %(poster_name) available as a variable to be used in the
> msg_footer options on the admin panel? Seems like that would be easier.

It's not available because it's not available.  Yours is an unusual
use case; "normally" the poster's name is available in the From field,
or not at all.  No malice in this<wink>, it just never occurred to
anybody to make it available for message headers and footers.

This Handler could be added to a future version of Mailman, but 2.x is
not planned for further development, and 3.0 is still some months
away.  No reason for you to wait!

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