Mailing List Settings (mail.cas.unt.edu)

This page is simply a compialation of all the settings available in Mailman (mail.cas.unt.edu).  The idea behind this page is to simply make it easier for you to find a particular setting by searching this page.  Additionally, it allows us to further expand on the description of a particular setting.  Please feel free to contact the CAS Postmaster if you have any questions.


General Options

Fundamental list characteristics, including descriptive info and basic behaviors.

General List Personality

real_name (general): The public name of this list (make case-changes only).

The capitalization of this name can be changed to make it presentable in polite company as a proper noun, or to make an acronym part all upper case, etc. However, the name will be advertised as the email address (e.g., in subscribe confirmation notices), so it should not be otherwise altered. (Email addresses are not case sensitive, but they are sensitive to almost everything else :-)

owner (general): The list administrator email addresses. Multiple administrator addresses, each on separate line is okay.

There are two ownership roles associated with each mailing list. The list administrators are the people who have ultimate control over all parameters of this mailing list. They are able to change any list configuration variable available through these administration web pages.

The list moderators have more limited permissions; they are not able to change any list configuration variable, but they are allowed to tend to pending administration requests, including approving or rejecting held subscription requests, and disposing of held postings. Of course, the list administrators can also tend to pending requests.

In order to split the list ownership duties into administrators and moderators, you must set a separate moderator password, and also provide the email addresses of the list moderators. Note that the field you are changing here specifies the list administrators.

moderator (general): The list moderator email addresses. Multiple moderator addresses, each on separate line is okay.

There are two ownership roles associated with each mailing list. The list administrators are the people who have ultimate control over all parameters of this mailing list. They are able to change any list configuration variable available through these administration web pages.

The list moderators have more limited permissions; they are not able to change any list configuration variable, but they are allowed to tend to pending administration requests, including approving or rejecting held subscription requests, and disposing of held postings. Of course, the list administrators can also tend to pending requests.

In order to split the list ownership duties into administrators and moderators, you must set a separate moderator password, and also provide the email addresses of the list moderators in this section. Note that the field you are changing here specifies the list moderators.

Notifications

admin_immed_notify (general): Should the list moderators get immediate notice of new requests, as well as daily notices about collected ones?

List moderators (and list administrators) are sent daily reminders of requests pending approval, like subscriptions to a moderated list, or postings that are being held for one reason or another. Setting this option causes notices to be sent immediately on the arrival of new requests as well.

Passwords

The list administrators are the people who have ultimate control over all parameters of this mailing list. They are able to change any list configuration variable available through these administration web pages.

The list moderators have more limited permissions; they are not able to change any list configuration variable, but they are allowed to tend to pending administration requests, including approving or rejecting held subscription requests, and disposing of held postings. Of course, the list administrators can also tend to pending requests.

In order to split the list ownership duties into administrators and moderators, you must set a separate moderator password in the fields below, and also provide the email addresses of the list moderators in the general options section.

Membership Management

Membership List

This page has a list of all the members of your list.  These are the email addresses that receive the emails sent to your list.  Make your changes in the this section, then submit them using the Submit Your Changes button below the membership table.

  • unsub -- Click on this to unsubscribe the member.
  • mod -- The user's personal moderation flag. If this is set, postings from them will be moderated, otherwise they will be approved.
  • hide -- Is the member's address concealed on the list of subscribers?
  • nomail -- Is delivery to the member disabled? If so, an abbreviation will be given describing the reason for the disabled delivery:
    • U -- Delivery was disabled by the user via their personal options page.
    • A -- Delivery was disabled by the list administrators.
    • B -- Delivery was disabled by the system due to excessive bouncing from the member's address.
    • ? -- The reason for disabled delivery isn't known. This is the case for all memberships which were disabled in older versions of Mailman.
  • ack -- Does the member get acknowledgements of their posts?
  • not metoo -- Does the member want to avoid copies of their own postings?
  • nodupes -- Does the member want to avoid duplicates of the same message?
  • digest -- Does the member get messages in digests? (otherwise, individual messages)
  • plain -- If getting digests, does the member get plain text digests? (otherwise, MIME)
  • language -- Language preferred by the user

Additionally:
You can set everyone's moderation bit.

Privacy Options

When a message is posted to the list, a series of moderation steps are take to decide whether the a moderator must first approve the message or not. This section contains the controls for moderation of both member and non-member postings.
Member postings are held for moderation if their moderation flag is turned on. You can control whether member postings are moderated by default or not.

Non-member postings can be automatically accepted, held for moderation, rejected (bounced), or discarded, either individually or as a group. Any posting from a non-member who is not explicitly accepted, rejected, or discarded, will have their posting filtered by the general non-member rules.

In the text boxes below, add one address per line; start the line with a ^ character to designate a Python regular expression. When entering backslashes, do so as if you were using Python raw strings (i.e. you generally just use a single backslash).

Note that non-regexp matches are always done first.

Subscription Rules

advertised (privacy):
Advertise this list when people ask what lists are on this machine?

subscribe_policy (privacy):
What steps are required for subscription?

  • Confirm* - email confirmation required
  • Require approval - require list administrator approval for subscriptions
  • Confirm and approve - both confirm and approve

* when someone requests a subscription, Mailman sends them a notice with a unique subscription request number that they must reply to in order to subscribe.
This prevents mischievous (or malicious) people from creating subscriptions for others without their consent.

unsubscribe_policy (privacy):
Is the list moderator's approval required for unsubscription requests? (No is recommended)
When members want to leave a list, they will make an unsubscription request, either via the web or via email. Normally it is best for you to allow open unsubscriptions so that users can easily remove themselves from mailing lists (they get really upset if they can't get off lists!).

For some lists though, you may want to impose moderator approval before an unsubscription request is processed. Examples of such lists include a corporate mailing list that all employees are required to be members of.

ban_list (privacy):
List of addresses which are banned from membership in this mailing list.
Addresses in this list are banned outright from subscribing to this mailing list, with no further moderation required. Add addresses one per line; start the line with a ^ character to designate a regular expression match.

private_roster (privacy):
Who can view subscription list?
When set, the list of subscribers is protected by member or admin password authentication.

obscure_addresses (privacy):
Show member addresses so they're not directly recognizable as email addresses?
Setting this option causes member email addresses to be transformed when they are presented on list web pages (both in text and as links), so they're not trivially recognizable as email addresses. The intention is to prevent the addresses from being snarfed up by automated web scanners for use by spammers.

Sender Filters

default_member_moderation (privacy):
By default, should new list member postings be moderated?
Each list member has a moderation flag which says whether messages from the list member can be posted directly to the list, or must first be approved by the list moderator. When the moderation flag is turned on, list member postings must be approved first. You, the list administrator can decide whether a specific individual's postings will be moderated or not.

When a new member is subscribed, their initial moderation flag takes its value from this option. Turn this option off to accept member postings by default. Turn this option on to, by default, moderate member postings first. You can always manually set an individual member's moderation bit by using the membership management screens.

member_moderation_action (privacy):
Action to take when a moderated member posts to the list.

  • Hold -- this holds the message for approval by the list moderators.
  • Reject -- this automatically rejects the message by sending a bounce notice to the post's author. The text of the bounce notice can be configured by you.
  • Discard -- this simply discards the message, with no notice sent to the post's author.

member_moderation_notice (privacy):
Text to include in any rejection notice to be sent to moderated members who post to this list.

accept_these_nonmembers (privacy):
List of non-member addresses whose postings should be automatically accepted.
Postings from any of these non-members will be automatically accepted with no further moderation applied. Add member addresses one per line; start the line with a ^ character to designate a regular expression match.

hold_these_nonmembers (privacy):
List of non-member addresses whose postings will be immediately held for moderation.
Postings from any of these non-members will be immediately and automatically held for moderation by the list moderators. The sender will receive a notification message which will allow them to cancel their held message. Add member addresses one per line; start the line with a ^ character to designate a regular expression match.

reject_these_nonmembers (privacy):
List of non-member addresses whose postings will be automatically rejected.
Postings from any of these non-members will be automatically rejected. In other words, their messages will be bounced back to the sender with a notification of automatic rejection. This option is not appropriate for known spam senders; their messages should be automatically discarded.

Add member addresses one per line; start the line with a ^ character to designate a regular expression match.

discard_these_nonmembers (privacy):
List of non-member addresses whose postings will be automatically discarded.
Postings from any of these non-members will be automatically discarded. That is, the message will be thrown away with no further processing or notification. The sender will not receive a notification or a bounce, however the list moderators can optionally receive copies of auto-discarded messages.

Add member addresses one per line; start the line with a ^ character to designate a regular expression match.

generic_nonmember_action (privacy):
Action to take for postings from non-members for which no explicit action is defined.
When a post from a non-member is received, the message's sender is matched against the list of explicitly accepted, held, rejected (bounced), and discarded addresses. If no match is found, then this action is taken.

forward_auto_discards (privacy):
Should messages from non-members, which are automatically discarded, be forwarded to the list moderator?

nonmember_rejection_notice (privacy):
Text to include in any rejection notice to be sent to non-members who post to this list. This notice can include the list's owner address by %(listowner)s and replaces the internally crafted default message.

Archiving Options

List traffic archival policies.

archive (archive):
Archive messages?

  • No
  • Yes

archive_private (archive):
Is archive file source for public or private archival?

  • public
  • private

archive_volume_frequency (archive):
How often should a new archive volume be started?

  • Yearly
  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Weekly
  • Daily