[ Don Patterson writes: ]
> Help. I am the owner of several broadly-used majordomo-managed lists,
> and I get 100s of bounces per week. I'm tired of sifting through them,
> and would rather have these bounces go to some black hole than to clutter
> my in-basket. Here's how my lists are now configured:
> reply_to = $SENDER
This just places a Reply-To header in outgoing messages so that when
folks use the Reply function of their mail reader their reply is
directed to the original sender, which in most cases it would've done
anyway (MS-Mail being the primary exception).
> sender = owner-listname
This determines what address goes in the envelope sender address, i.e.
where error messages are supposed to go (except MS-Mail which thinks, if
such a term can be applied, that this is where replies go). You have
this set correctly: don't change it (assuming "listname" is really just
a place-holder for the actual list name).
I you want to ignore bounces, then you should put an incoming filter
on your mail (e.g. deliver, procmail) that determines which incoming
messages are mail list bounces that you don't want to see and, after
logging them, drops them into the aforementioned e-mail black hole.
(Hmmm... does any radiation escape from messages as they fall into an
e-mail black hole? If you drop too many messages in, does the e-mail
black hole become so massive that it begins devouring other parts of
your system? What if it gets so large it begins sucking in other things
from the net? Maybe that's what causes all these bounces in the first
place, users that have be devoured by their own black holes!)
> Question 2: In an attempt to fix the above problem, I changed some config
> option that resulted in senders getting (some?) bounces back to them.
Not good. Senders can't do anything about bouncing addresses in your
list. That's your responsibility as list owner.
Dave Wolfe *Not a spokesman for Motorola* (512) 891-3246
Motorola MMTG 6501 Wm. Cannon Dr. W. OE112 Austin TX 78735-8598