[Mailman-Users] How to track down someone mislabeling msgs as abuse?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue Jun 26 01:19:50 EDT 2018

On 6/25/18 11:39 AM, Richard Johnson wrote:
> I have a mailing list which has 51 members, all friends of mine.  We use it to communicate on things related to our history club.  About 1-2 times a month, I receive an automated message from AOL's abuse list, saying that someone has marked one of the messages as "abuse".  Unfortunately, there's no way to track down who this could be, since there are about 5 addresses on the list which are AOL addresses.  

Sorry about the prior fumbled send :(

In my experience, AOL's redaction is not always complete, particularly
if the message is VERPed, but in any case, beginning with Mailman 2.1.24
we have

>     - There is a new RCPT_BASE64_HEADER_NAME setting.  If this is set to a
>       non-empty string, that string is the name of a header that will be added
>       to personalized and VERPed deliveries with value equal to the base64
>       encoding of the recipient's email address.  This is intended to enable
>       identification of the recipient otherwise redacted from "spam report"
>       feedback loop messages.

E.g., set


in mm_cfg.py and the VERPed or personalized message will have a

X-My-Recip: header with the base64 encoded recip. The name of the header
is a setting to prevent AOL from knowing what it is and redacting it too.

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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