[Mailman-Users] Suspending Requests for Subscription

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Mar 10 00:00:03 CET 2014

On 03/09/2014 06:48 AM, certuspersonality wrote:
> Is there a way of suspending requests for subscription temporarily?

If the requests are coming by email to the list-join, list-subscribe or
list-request (with a subscribe command) addresses, you could disable
delivery to those addresses in your MTA or possibly temporarily move
aside Mailman's scripts/join, scripts/subscribe and maybe
scripts/request files.

If the requests are coming from the subscribe form on the list's
listinfo page, you could temporarily remove the form by editing the page
through the web admin UI. You would have to check your web server logs
to see how the requests are arriving. If they are direct POSTs to the
subscribe CGI, you could temporarily move aside Mailman's
cgi-bin/subscribe wrapper or you could install/upgrade Mailman >= 2.1.16
and enable Mailman's SUBSCRIBE_FORM_SECRET (See the description in

If your issue is that it is tedious to 'discard' (don't ever 'reject'
spam or a spammer's subscription request, 'discard' it.) all the
requests from the web UI, you may find the script at
<http://www.msapiro.net/scripts/list_requests> more convenient.

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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