[Mailman-Users] 2.1.18 internal documentation suggestions

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat May 3 07:25:48 CEST 2014

On 05/01/2014 11:29 PM, Lindsay Haisley wrote:
> There may be a problem with being _too_ wordy in explaining
> it.

Yes, and I may have gone there ;)

Here is the current entire thing. The changes are a few more words in
the Munge From and Wrap Message descriptions; adding the "If
first_strip_reply_to = No" sentence to the "first_strip_reply_to = Yes"
and changing the second sentence in the anonymous list paragraph.

from_is_list (general): Replace the From: header address with the list's
posting address to mitigate issues stemming from the original From:
domain's DMARC or similar policies.

Several protocols now in wide use attempt to ensure that use of the
domain in the author's address (ie, in the From: header field) is
authorized by that domain. These protocols may be incompatible with
common list features such as footers, causing participating email
services to bounce list traffic merely because of the address in the
From: field. This has resulted in members being unsubscribed despite
being perfectly able to receive mail.

The following actions are applied to all list messages when selected
here. To apply these actions only to messages where the domain in the
From: header is determined to use such a protocol, see the
dmarc_moderation_action settings under Privacy options... -> Sender filters.


    Do nothing special. This is appropriate for anonymous lists. It is
appropriate for dedicated announcement lists, unless the From: address
of authorized posters might be in a domain with a DMARC or similar
policy. It is also appropriate if you choose to use
dmarc_moderation_action other than Accept for this list.
Munge From
    This action replaces the poster's address in the From: header with
the list's posting address and adds the poster's address to the
addresses in the original Reply-To: header.
Wrap Message
    Just wrap the message in an outer message with the From: header
containing the list's posting address and with the original From:
address added to the addresses in the original Reply-To: header and with
Content-Type: message/rfc822. This is effectively a one message MIME
format digest.

The transformations for anonymous_list are applied before any of these
actions. It is not useful to apply actions other than No to an anonymous
list, and if you do so, the result may be surprising.

The Reply-To: header munging actions below interact with these actions
as follows:

first_strip_reply_to = Yes will remove all the incoming Reply-To:
addresses but will still add the poster's address to Reply-To: for all
three settings of reply_goes_to_list which respectively will result in
just the poster's address, the poster's address and the list posting
address or the poster's address and the explicit reply_to_address in the
outgoing Reply-To: header. If first_strip_reply_to = No the poster's
address in the original From: header, if not already included in the
Reply-To:, will be added to any existing Reply-To: address(es).

These actions, whether selected here or via dmarc_moderation_action, do
not apply to messages in digests or archives or sent to usenet via the
Mail<->News gateways.

If dmarc_moderation_action applies to this message with an action other
than Accept, that action rather than this is applied

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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