[Mailman-Users] Polling or voting on list

e.c. eminmn at sysmatrix.net
Fri Aug 23 16:41:10 CEST 2013

Thanks, Seun. I suspected as much. The purpose of the prospective voting is
to offload all moderator functions onto the general membership in those
cases where the mailman program itself is not able mediate those functions
(e.g. having owners set maximum daily posting limits per member and for the
whole list). The list in questions is of planetary scope (with members from
all continents except Antarctica and including members having 20 or 30
different native languages and the widest imaginable spectrum of opinions
on political, cultural, and religious matters and with all these areas and
many others considered on topic) so it's not typical of dedicated
discussion groups. The prime directive here is to protect freedom of speech
(writing, actually) while also providing for the fair-minded restraint of
the occasional loose canon. From this short description of the problem it
might seem that the group should have succumbed to anarchy long ago but it
has been in continued existence since 1996.


On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>wrote:

> Within the contest of a mailing list would be voting or rating posts?
> Either way, I don't think mailman currently have such feature.
> Cheers!
> sent from Google nexus 4
> On 22 Aug 2013 17:54, "e.c." <eminmn at sysmatrix.net> wrote:
>> Our list would benefit from an ability on the part of listmembers to vote
>> on proposals made by listowners. In this type of discussion list a
>> non-secret ballot would be appropriate, and both a tally of pro and con
>> vote totals along with table (text file?) showing the vote associated with
>> each subscribed email address. The results could be sent to each
>> listmember
>> or posted somehow on the list webmail site. (Does mailman have an area
>> like
>> Sympa's _Shared Documents_ area in the web interface?) Also, a way of
>> setting a deadline for voting would have to be an option. (In our case a
>> voting period of between 10 and 30 days would be appropriate.)
>> Thanks for any info about mailman's current capabilities along these lines
>> or suggestions for implementing this functionality.
>> Ed
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