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

  • (rendered for 'sample' list)

The following represents the web page you may sometimes see at

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

The unlikely nature of the poster addresses, combined with the details of the subjects (first, selling junk watches; second, everyone on the mailing list got the same traffic ticket?), identifies these as unsolicited email ("spam"). Which is why these posts should be marked with "Discard", and the form submitted to discard them.

That is, you want to find the "radio buttons" which look somewhat like the following:

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

And select the button underneath "Discard" so the result looks like the following:

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



After that has been done for all waiting requests which should be discarded, the button marked

should be selected, to cause all the requests to be processed.

After reading, go to Page 2 to see the action which should have been taken.

HERE FOLLOWS a table, rendered to represent a semi-fictional webpage 'https://lists.uwaterloo.ca/mailman/admindb/list-name-parameter' 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


Unsubscription Requests

User address/name
Your decision
Reason for refusal
smharper@uwaterloo.ca
Harper, Steven
Defer Approve Reject Discard

Held Messages
From:oosti623@tele2.nl
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add oosti623@tele2.nl to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban oosti623@tele2.nl from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from oosti623@tele2.nl
   
[1] Subject: Best watches in the world.
  Size: 165754 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Tue Dec 1 06:56:25 2015
From:roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info
   
[1] Subject: Indebted for driving on toll road #0000476860
  Size: 6012 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Tue Dec 1 05:24:24 2015

 Discard all messages marked Defer

list-name-parameter list run by list-name-parameter-owner at lists.uwaterloo.ca
list-name-parameter administrative interface (requires authorization)
Overview of all lists.uwaterloo.ca mailing lists

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Handy Mailman Pages in This CF Twiki

(rendered for sample list)


Sample Page Two (for manipulation)

(rendered for 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


Unsubscription Requests

User address/name
Your decision
Reason for refusal
smharper@uwaterloo.ca
Harper, Steven
Defer Approve Reject Discard

Held Messages
From:oosti623@tele2.nl
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add oosti623@tele2.nl to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban oosti623@tele2.nl from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from oosti623@tele2.nl
   
[1] Subject: Best watches in the world.
  Size: 165754 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Tue Dec 1 06:56:25 2015
From:roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info
   
[1] Subject: Indebted for driving on toll road #0000476860
  Size: 6012 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Tue Dec 1 05:24:24 2015

 Discard all messages marked Defer

list-name-parameter list run by list-name-parameter-owner at lists.uwaterloo.ca
list-name-parameter administrative interface (requires authorization)
Overview of all lists.uwaterloo.ca mailing lists

Delivered by Mailman
version 2.1.12
Python Powered GNU's Not Unix


Sample Page Three (for manipulation)

(rendered for sample list)

Administrative requests for mailing list: list-name-parameter

This page contains a subset of the list-name-parameter mailing list postings that are being held for your approval. It currently shows all held messages.

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

You can also view a summary of all pending requests.


Posting Held for Approval
From: stanley@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Agenda of the December 9 School Council Meeting
Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
Received: Thu Dec 10 14:38:31 2015
Action:
     Defer           Approve           Reject           Discard     
   Preserve message for site administrator
   Additionally, forward this message to:
If you reject this post,
please explain (optional):
Message Headers:
Message Excerpt:



list-name-parameter list run by scs-list-owner at cs.uwaterloo.ca
list-name-parameter administrative interface (requires authorization)
Overview of all lists.uwaterloo.ca mailing lists

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Sample Page Four (for manipulation)

(rendered for 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


Unsubscription Requests

User address/name
Your decision
Reason for refusal
smharper@uwaterloo.ca
Harper, Steven
Defer Approve Reject Discard

Held Messages

From:stanley@gmail.com
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add stanley@gmail.com to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban stanley@gmail.com from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from stanley@gmail.com
   
[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
From:oosti623@tele2.nl
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add oosti623@tele2.nl to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban oosti623@tele2.nl from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from oosti623@tele2.nl
   
[1] Subject: Best watches in the world.
  Size: 165754 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Tue Dec 1 06:56:25 2015
From:roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info
Action to take on all these held messages:
   Defer       Accept       Reject       Discard   
 Preserve messages for the site administrator
 Forward messages (individually) to:
 Add roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info to one of these sender filters:
   Accepts       Holds       Rejects       Discards   
 Ban roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info from ever subscribing to this mailing list
Click on the message number to view the individual message, or you can view all messages from roger.harrison@redoqsqlserver2.info
   
[1] Subject: Indebted for driving on toll road #0000476860
  Size: 6012 bytes
  Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
  Received: Tue Dec 1 05:24:24 2015

 Discard all messages marked Defer

list-name-parameter list run by list-name-parameter-owner at lists.uwaterloo.ca
list-name-parameter administrative interface (requires authorization)
Overview of all lists.uwaterloo.ca mailing lists

Delivered by Mailman
version 2.1.12
Python Powered GNU's Not Unix


-- AdrianPepper - 2015-12-11

Topic revision: r6 - 2016-02-03 - AdrianPepper
 
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