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[Mailman-Users] Silently discarding non-member posts

Mark Goodge mark at good-stuff.co.uk
Tue Oct 15 09:47:39 EDT 2002

At 17:40 14/10/2002 -0400, mailman at tux.org wrote:

>On 14 Oct 2002, Jon Carnes wrote:

> > >

> > > One thing that makes all this more awkward to deal with is the

> > > number of non-member (spam) posts that end up in the admin queues

> > > waiting to be discarded. As I only ever want to discard them, never

> > > forward them, approve them or reply to them, I would prefer them to

> > > be silently dropped by Mailman without them ever reaching the admin

> > > requests queue.

>

>Another approach is to stop spam where it should be stopped: before

>or at the MTA. It is only prudent for Mailman and other programs

>that deal with e-mail to be built with an awareness of the reality

>of spam, and it is helpful when such programs include anit-spam

>features … but these should always be regarded as -helps- not

>solutions.

 

From Mailman’s point of view, though, the origin of the email is

irrelevant. It doesn’t matter whether it’s “genuine” spam, a mistaken

attempt to contact the list administrator by using the list address instead

of the admin address, a member trying to post with the wrong address, or

whatever. All of these are non-member posts, and all of them get treated

exactly the same – that is, they are discarded without replies. A pre-list

spam filter will deal with some of it, but not all of it.

 

Mark

 

 

 

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