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Re: [SLUG] Notice of motion at the next meeting.
- To: slug <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Notice of motion at the next meeting.
- From: Mary Gardiner <mary-slug@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 12:29:26 +1000
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On Wed, Oct 01, 2003, Grant Parnell wrote:
> How about we add my proposal of making non-member posts subject to
> having the email address validated much like you do when subscribing.
> Then we can make posting to the list available to members plus a list
> of validated exceptions. The validation may optionally expire after an
> arbitrary period of say 3 months.
If we do close the list, it's probably best to limit the options to
those that Mailman 2.1 (our mail software) makes relatively easy, rather
than have a policy that requires we maintain additional software to
implement the policy.
Mailman *can* do any of open posting, closed to subscribers only, or all
Also, Mailman does have an "accept filter" -- a list of non-subscribed
addresses that can post without being held for moderation, so it would
certainly be possible to add people to that (probably when they try to
post from an unsubscribed address for the first time), but it doesn't
have a expiry feature.
> How would this be done technically? Possibly a procmail filter that
> just checks if the sender is on a) main list or b) exception list, if
> not, generate a 'subscribe' request on the sender's behalf to the
> 'exceptions' mailing list that cannot be posted to, they would then
> have to subscribe to the exceptions list. If they're on either a) or
> b) lists forward onto normal mailman stuff.
Mailman doesn't maintain the "non subscribed, can post" list as a
separate *mailing list*, it's just a list of addresses somewhere in its
database. So you can't *subscribe* to it. The closest equivalent is
subscribing to the main list and then turning list delivery off, and
that's a two step process. Most closed lists do end up saying something
like "if you want to post from a second address, subscribe it and turn
list delivery off". Whether we'd choose maintaining an accept filter, or
asking people to subscribe their other address with delivery off, or
some combination, would be up to the admins probably, in the event of
the vote being in favour of a closed list.