[Mailman-Users] Message approval by mail

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Jul 15 18:19:52 CEST 2011

Rob wrote:

>I am trying to use the option to approve moderated messages using the 'reply' feature but it doesn't seem to work for me. I add the Approved:<password> header to my reply as the first line in the body, but the message simply arrives back in my inbox unmodified, and the moderated message stays in the queue until I approve it with the web interface. Running v2.1.14
>An example of an outgoing 'approval' message is below:
>Return-Path: <mailman-bounces at acvr.org>
>Received: from murder ([unix socket])
>	 by acvr.org (Cyrus v2.3.8-OS X Server 10.5:	9G7013y) with LMTPA;
>	 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:03:46 -0400
>X-Sieve: CMU Sieve 2.3
>Received: from xserve.petrad.com (localhost [])
>	by acvr.org (Postfix) with ESMTP id DE73783962E
>	for <treasurer at acvr.org>; Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:03:46 -0400 (EDT)
>X-Original-To: xservetestlist-owner at acvr.org
>Delivered-To: xservetestlist-owner at acvr.org
>Received: from [] (office.petrad.com [])
>	by acvr.org (Postfix) with ESMTP id A6DE7839623
>	for <xservetestlist-owner at acvr.org>;
>	Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:03:45 -0400 (EDT)
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>Mime-Version: 1.0 (Apple Message framework v1084)
>Subject: Xservetestlist post from mclear at petrad.com requires approval
>From: "Robert C. McLear, ACVR Treasurer" <treasurer at acvr.org>
>In-Reply-To: <mailman.136.1310738529.140.xservetestlist at acvr.org>
>Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:03:45 -0400
>Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
>Message-Id: <A185C472-B229-458B-B579-A001168A12C0 at acvr.org>
>References: <mailman.136.1310738529.140.xservetestlist at acvr.org>
>To: xservetestlist-owner at acvr.org
>X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.1084)
>Errors-To: mailman-bounces at acvr.org
>Sender: mailman-bounces at acvr.org

Your problem is you are replying to the held message notice itself so
your reply is sent to xservetestlist-owner at acvr.org with Subject:
Xservetestlist post from mclear at petrad.com requires approval. That
reply is just sent back to the list owner.

The message to which you replied is a multipart message with 3 parts.
The part below is an attached message/rfc822 part.

>> From: xservetestlist-request at acvr.org
>> Date: July 15, 2011 10:02:09 AM EDT
>> Subject: confirm dda15190a0e5ffa59d0894b92f7a9efface6b70b
>> If you reply to this message, keeping the Subject: header intact,
>> Mailman will discard the held message.  Do this if the message is
>> spam.  If you reply to this message and include an Approved: header
>> with the list password in it, the message will be approved for posting
>> to the list.  The Approved: header can also appear in the first line
>> of the body of the reply.

You need to reply to the above attached message. Depending on your MUA,
you may be able to open this as a separate message and reply to it. If
you can't do this, you have to just compose a message

To: xservetestlist-request at acvr.org


Subject: confirm dda15190a0e5ffa59d0894b92f7a9efface6b70b

containing the Approved: ... line to accept the post or without the
Approved: ... line to discard it.

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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