Adrian Pepper's Quick-Start Guide to Mailman List Moderation, Reject

  • (rendered for 'sample' list)

The following represents the web page you may sometimes see at

It contains some sample moderator requests which should be dealt with. (The posts are not real, however, so will not actually exist if you queried the real moderation page).

This shows what happens if you change some or all of the "radio buttons" from the default Defer, looking somewhat like the following.

Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   

To the value Reject, as in the following:

Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   

The can be changed like that, and then the button which looks like the following

can be selected, to cause all the requests to be processed and rejected.

Rejection should be done carefully, because it will send an email message to the indicated address. If in doubt, =Discard= the messages instead.

Go to Reject, Page 2 to see what the modified page should look like before submission.

Sample Page

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HERE FOLLOWS a table, rendered to represent a semi-fictional webpage '' as might theoretically be seen for the 'sample' list)

Administrative requests for mailing list: list-name-parameter

This page contains a summary of the current set of administrative requests requiring your approval for the list-name-parameter mailing list. First, you will find the list of pending subscription and unsubscription requests, if any, followed by any postings being held for your approval.

For each administrative request, please select the action to take, clicking on the Submit All Data button when finished. More detailed instructions are also available.

You can also view the details of all held postings.

 Discard all messages marked Defer

Subscription Requests
Your decision
Reason for refusal
Defer Approve Reject Discard

 Permanently ban from this list

Unsubscription Requests
User address/name
Your decision
Reason for refusal
Harper, Steven
Defer Approve Reject Discard

Held Messages
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from
[1] Subject: Re: Agenda of the December 9 School Council Meeting
  Size: 6864 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Thu Dec 10 14:38:31 2015

 Discard all messages marked Defer

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