Ray Jones wrote:
> On Thu, 22 May 1997, Ian Stevenson wrote:
> > One the lists I belong to has the annoying habit of attempting to
> > process any command which appears in the user messages sent to the
> > list, resulting in a bounce to the list admin (e.g. if a user's
> > message contains the word "subscribe" as the first word on a line, the
> > list server will attempt to process it and the message gets
> > bounced). For some reason, this does not bother the list admin
> > (apparently she's gotten used to it and hasn't bothered to look into
> > it further). I know this isn't the correct behavior because it only
> Actually it is correct procedure if that's the way you have it set. It
> keeps commands from those people not bright enough, too lazy or too
> forgetful who send commands to the list address rather than the admin
> address from going "to the list."
> The messages are checked for commands like subscribe, unsubscribe, etc. If
> these words are found within (I think) the first 15 lines of the message
> (though I'm pretty sure you can change the number of lines it looks), the
> message is bounced to the list administrator for handling. If it really is
> a list command rather than a message, the list administrator can handle
> it. If it isn't, the list administrator can approve it and send it to the
> If you don't want this function, set:
> administrivia = no
> in the list config file.
But that's not what Ian is describing.
Yes, administrivia must be turned on, but it's bouncing messages to the
Majordomo mail address, not to a human address. Sounds like the aliases
(or equivalent) are messed up, or the list owner is majordomo.
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