Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of mailman_primer


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Dec 18, 2007, 9:14:55 AM (12 years ago)
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Jamie McClelland
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    7272== Announcement Only vs. Discussion list ==
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    74 By default, your list is a discussion list, which means that anyone who is subscribed to the list can post to the list.
     74By default, your list is a discussion list, which means that anyone who is subscribed to the list can post to the list without moderator approval. This type of list is also referred to as an "unmoderated" list.
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     76Sometimes people prefer an announcement list, which means that only the moderator is allowed to post to the list.
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    7678To find out what kind of list you have, go to the Membership Management section and take a look at the list by clicking on Membership List. It tells you how many people are on your list, has an alphabetical "list" of the members and has one other critically important feature: it tells you whether people have their mod bit turned on or off.
     
    7880"Mod" means "moderated". With the mod bit turned on, a member's post must be approved by a moderator before it goes out to the list. This is THE item that defines what kind of list you have.
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     82=== Discussion List ===
     83
     84Carefully weigh the option of an unmoderated list because such lists CAN sometimes go out of control if people start flaming each other, etc.
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    8086If you want to have an open discussion list (an unmoderated list) in which members are free to post answers to each other, then:
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    8288 * Turn the moderator bit off for all current members:
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    84  Under the member list, you'll see
     90 Go to Membership Management -> Membership list
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    86  "Set everyone's moderation bit, including those members not currently visible"
    87 
    88  and two radio buttons for on and off. Check Off and submit.
     92 Scroll down below the member list and you'll see "Set everyone's moderation bit, including those members not currently visible" and two radio buttons for on and off. Check Off and submit.
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    9094 * Make sure new members have the moderator bit turned off when the join
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    92  * Go to Privacy Options ->  Sender filters
     96 Go to Privacy Options ->  Sender filters
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    94  * Set the default_member_moderation flag to No so that new users are automatically set as unmoderated.
     98 Set the default_member_moderation flag to No so that new users are automatically set as unmoderated.
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    96  To make a list announcement only - so that only you are allowed to send messages to the list:
     100Now, anyone who is subscribed to the list can freely post to the list.
     101
     102=== Announcement List ===
     103
     104To make a list announcement only - so that only you are allowed to send messages to the list:
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    98106 * Turn the moderator bit on for all current members:
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    100  Under the member list, you'll see
     108 Go to Membership Management -> Membership list
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    102  "Set everyone's moderation bit, including those members not currently visible"
    103 
    104  and two radio buttons for on and off. Check On and submit.
     110 Scroll down below the member list and you'll see "Set everyone's moderation bit, including those members not currently visible" and two radio buttons for on and off. Check On and submit.
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    106112 * Make sure new members have the moderator bit turned on when the join
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    108   * Go to Privacy Options ->  Sender filters
    109   * Set the default_member_moderation flag to Yes so that new users are automatically set as moderated.
     114 Go to Privacy Options ->  Sender filters
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    111  * One more thing and this is something everyone forgets. Subscribe yourself to the list with an email address you want to post with. AND make sure YOUR mod button is on. You should manually turn your mod bit off by clicking Membership Management and unchecking the "mod" checkbox next to your email address.
     116 Set the default_member_moderation flag to Yes so that new users are automatically set as moderated.
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     118 * One more thing and this is something everyone forgets. Subscribe yourself to the list with an email address you want to post with. AND make sure YOUR mod button is on. This sounds wrong - you might think that you should turn your mod bit off so your posts will go through automatically. However, this approach is not secure. It is very easy to fake the from address to an email message. For this reason - we recommend that you always manually approve email messages being sent to your announcement list.
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    114 Note: as a default, email from anyone who is NOT a member of the list is held for moderator's approval. In short, only members can post no matter what setting mod bit has. Still, carefully weigh the option of an unmoderated list because such lists CAN sometimes go out of control if people start flaming each other, etc.
     120=== Avoiding spam and other annoyances ===
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     122Note: as a default, email from anyone who is NOT a member of the list is held for moderator's approval. In short, only members can post no matter what setting mod bit has. This can cause an avalanche of postings waiting for moderator approval coming from spammers. To avoid this trap, it is recommended that you discard posts sent from people who are not subscribed. You can do that by going to Privacy Options -> Sender Filters and changing the value of:
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     124"Action to take for postings from non-members for which no explicit action is defined."
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     126to discard.
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     128If you are still getting plagued by spam, we have an entire page dedicate to [wiki:mailman_control_spam avoiding spam on mailman].
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    116131Now your list is ready for mailing. Get's lots easier from now on.