[Mailman-Users] Reporting messages counts/size by user

Adam McGreggor adam-mailman at amyl.org.uk
Fri Dec 13 18:40:44 CET 2013

On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 09:12:00AM -0800, Carl Zwanzig wrote:
> This came up on another list I read- is there any relatively simple
> way to (a) report individual message activity to a user and (b)
> temporarily moderate a user when a count is exceeded?
> The first would send an email to the user when they've exceeded a
> threshold* in a given period.
> *messages to the list, total word count, quoted lines/total size, etc
> The second, triggered by the first's info, would set the mod bit for
> a user exceeding the limit and send an email that they've been
> auto-moderated.
> I've got some ideas, but not sure where to start with this. Maybe a
> handler in the incoming pipeline that does the counts and updates a
> database (use a pickle?), then a cron job to leaf through that
> database, send the warnings, and set moderation.

http://metricsgrimoire.github.io/MailingListStats/ is a tool I've used
in the past for reporting on lists as a whole. It does, however, do
the list. There may be bits you can use though, for users (or grep out
"their" lines in the output, maybe using `list_members` and a for…

For the stats on the word count/quoted/sizes, per user, you could
compute that on a regular base, although you may run into issues on
quoting (in particular, the quoting indicator: ^> is not always going
to be accurate.

TBH: it sounds as though you may be trying to solve a social problem,
not a technological one.

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