[Mailman-Users] is it possible to moderate E-mail without webpanel ? using only e-mail commands ?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue Apr 4 19:00:20 EDT 2017

On 04/04/2017 07:32 AM, Zalezny Niezalezny wrote:
> is it possible to moderate Mailman newsletter E-mails without Mailman
> Webpanel ?
> So, user (administrator) sending newsletter e-mail to
> list at example.com

Set the list so all posters are moderated so all posts are held.

Set the list's admin_immed_notify (under Notifications on the General
Options page) to Yes.

Then a post to the list will be held and a notice sent to the owners and

The notice will contain 3 MIME parts. The first part is a notice about
the held message. The second part is the message itself. The third part
is a message that says:

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.

There are two things to note about this. The message in the second MIME
part is the message as received my the list. It has not been content
filtered or decorated with header and/or footer, so it is not exactly
what a list member will see.

The other thing is "If you reply to this message" in the 3rd MIME part
refers to the message which is the 3rd part, not the whole notice. It's
not critical that you actually "reply", but that message part is From:
the list-request address with Subject: confirm xxxxxx where xxxxxx is a
specific confirmation token for the held message, so to approve the held
message by email, you need to send a "reply" To: the list-request
address with Subject: confirm xxxxxx and with the first line of the body

Approved: pppp

where pppp is the list admin or moderator password.

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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