Mailman's moderation checkbox?

D'Arcy Cain darcy at
Tue Apr 28 19:13:36 UTC 2020

On 2020-04-28 13:27, Dave Hayes wrote:
> I personally find it quite difficult to glean complete information from
> moderated mailing lists. What usually happens is that the human bias of the
> moderator(s) prevents the dissemination of some information and the mailing
> list becomes useless except as a window to the worldviews and information the
> moderators deem worthy.
I run a few lists, PyGreSQL for example, and I use moderation like this;
 Every person joining the list is moderated by default.  The first time
someone posts I get the email, decide if it is an abuser or spammer and,
if not, I approve the posting and remove the moderation bit.  If you are
on one of my lists you basically never see spam but users are posting
unimpeded.  It's very little work for me as most people don't post
anyway and I only have to deal with new posters once.

Sometimes I implement that on an existing list.  In that case I simply
leave everyone unmoderated and only block new users.  The assumption is
that if you are already on the list you are probably not a spammer.

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