[Beowulf] RFC: Restrict posting to subscribers only ?
Lux, Jim (337C)
james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Aug 24 06:32:04 PDT 2012
I'm one of the moderators on the (moderated) Tesla Coil Mailing List,
using Mailman, and Chip Atkinson (list owner) has set up something that
silently discards a lot of the spam. I'd say we get maybe <10% posts from
non-subscribers coming through along with the rest of the traffic. Of
that 10% maybe half or a third is something not worthy of response. The
rest of the non-subscriber posts, we just bounce with a nice message
saying "please subscribe, and your post will go through".
The list has been around for 10-20 years, so it must receive plenty of
spam at the front end. If you're interested, I can put you in touch with
Chip and he'd probably be happy to explain what he does.
On 8/24/12 6:13 AM, "Joe Landman" <landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
>Apologies on the delay:
>On 08/23/2012 09:06 PM, 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!
>Subscriber only is good.
>> - --
>> Christopher Samuel Senior Systems Administrator
>> VLSCI - Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative
>> Email: samuel at unimelb.edu.au Phone: +61 (0)3 903 55545
>> http://www.vlsci.org.au/ http://twitter.com/vlsci
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