[Beowulf] RFC: Restrict posting to subscribers only ?

Gregory Matthews greg.matthews at diamond.ac.uk
Fri Aug 24 03:26:11 PDT 2012

this is not a good idea - your list can become a spam mirror and 
replying to spammers is bad in lots of ways. Get a good spam filter, 
MailScanner + SpamAssassin + selected blacklists + selected 
sendmail/postfix plugins.


On 24/08/12 02:06, Christopher Samuel 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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