On the subject of reply_to settings... Putting the list address itself as the reply_to setting opens the list up to the problem known as an "auto-responder war"
e.g. If a subscriber to the list has an autoresponder set up (like the ones that automatically email you a reply saying "I'm out of the office until next Thursday") - that automatic message then gets posted to the list (since the list has been set as the reply_to address). The list then sends it back to the same subscriber, who's autoresponder posts it back to the list... and so on and on and on and on... until someone (i.e. you) puts a stop to it. It's scary how fast this cyber ping-pong match generates piles of email - and because it's all being posted to the list, all your other subscribers get an unwelcome front-row seat on the action too.
Cheers, David C
On Sun, 2004-10-03 at 10:28, Clare Redstone wrote:
Thanks Ed, At the moment, I'm having trouble with approving bounced messages in my test list. I keep finding my post to approve simply appears in its entirety in the mailing list, complete with my password. If I can't sort this out quickly, then it will be easier for me to leave restrict post empty for the time being as time is at a premium at the moment. Actually, "reply to" is something I'd wondered about. Somewhere on the web I found one mention of problems changing the "reply to" field. For my list, it's important that when people read a message and hit "reply" it goes to the whole list. It is a discussion/support group and we all need to be able to see responses - there will be people who are benefiting by reading messages and prefer not to post. Many members are likely not to be highly IT confident and won't know to keep checking what has been filled in automatically in the reply field. So I've set it to reply_to = listname Clare -----Original Message----- From: majordomo-users-owner+M4749@greatcircle.com [mailto:majordomo-users-owner+M4749@greatcircle.com]On Behalf Of Ed Kasky Sent: 03 October 2004 08:42 To: Clare Redstone Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Restrict post or not? On Sun, 3 Oct 2004, Clare Redstone wrote: > I am a novice setting up my first mailing list. > > Is it wise to set restrict post so only list members can post or is it > usually OK to leave that line in the config file blank? > > I'd like to keep things as simple as possible, rather than risking genuine > messages getting bounced as I don't know how to approve them. It all depends on what you are trying to do with the list. Personally, I find no reason to allow non-subscribers to post if the list is for the purpose of discussion of a particular subject matter. IMO, the simplest and set up is to use the follwing: moderate = no non_member_bounce = sender-owner restrict_post = [list] subscribe_policy = open+confirm unsubscribe_policy = open+confirm This allows posting by members only, allows members to subsscribe and unsubscribe with confirmation to their email address, and sends bounces back to the sender and list owner so the owner can take action if necessary... Of course we could always get into the discussion of "reply_to" ... Ed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randomly generated quote: "I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details." ~ Albert Einstein