> At 07:37 AM 4/15/96 -0400, Patrick Wiseman wrote:
> >On Sun, 14 Apr 1996, Lawrence S Rosenberg, Esq wrote:
> >> Can I prevent an outsider from posting to an OPEN, UNMODERATED
> >> majordomo? I.e., is there a 'first line of defense' that would at least
> >> require the poster to subscribe?
> >There's a restrict_post option in your configuration file. It points to
> >a file containing a list of those eligible to post to your list. On the
> >assumption that your majordomo is set up in the usual way, putting your
> >listname there will restrict posts to those subscribed to your list,
> >because there is a file with your listname containing the email addresses
> >of subscribers. (It may seem I'm making this overly complicated, but you
> >can point restrict_post to a *different* file if you want to, so it's
> >important that restrict_post point to the file you intend.)
Frankly I've found this restrict_post to be completely useless
(unfortunately). Not because of the way it's designed. It makes sense
but it doesn't work in my case because a huge majority of the subscribers
send mail from addresses that are definitely not in the list of subscribers.
You might at first tell me to force them to subscribe one address and use
only that address...easier said than done...when many of them have From
addresses in their headers they've never even heard of and if you send mail
back to some of these From addresses they'll never get that mail. People's
"real" email addresses and the email addresses their site admins have put
in the headers (or more accurately didn't not put in the headers) are too
often so different that I can't use the restrict_post option.
This is unfortunate but I don't know a way around.