[Beowulf] RFC: Restrict posting to subscribers only ?

Jonathan Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 21:52:41 PDT 2012

I dont know if you have noticed though it seems quite easy to do while we
hold them for moderation. There is the ability currently to where we add
them to the list and they will be automatically discarded or rejected
depending on the list they are added to. I dont know if that would be a
good idea to start using or not. It would be interesting to get some feed
back on that if its a good idea to start using or not.

On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 3:06 AM, Christopher Samuel
<samuel at unimelb.edu.au>wrote:

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> Hi all,
> I'd like to solicit opinions from list members on changing the policy
> of the list on messages from non-subscribers from the current default
> of holding them for moderation to the position of rejecting them (with
> an explanatory message).
> The reason is that currently us new list admins get many dozens of
> spams a day being held for moderation and it would be very hard to
> spot a legitimate message (from either a new subscriber or from a new
> member who is having messages held for moderation) amongst them.
> It seems fairer to me for legitimate non-members to get an email
> saying that their post has been rejected because they're not a member,
> but pointing them to the web page to subscribe, rather than just a
> message saying it's been held for moderation and then nothing (if it
> gets missed).
> It's also fairer to new members who are under moderation (as spammers
> do sign up to lists too) as their messages won't get missed in the
> general flood of non-member spam.
> This is how all the other Mailman lists I run are configured and it's
> not caused issues or complaints there.
> Thoughts please!
> cheers,
> Chris
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Jonathan Aquilina
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