[H-GEN] -post lists

Bruce Campbell bc at humbug.org.au
Sun Apr 16 22:35:13 EDT 2000

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On Sun, 16 Apr 2000, Martin Pool wrote:

mbp> (Is the whole general-post list situation really worth the hassle?)
mbp> * Postings to this list are only accepted from subscribed addresses of
mbp> * lists 'general' or 'general-post'.

For those who may not be aware of this, all of the Humbug mailing lists
(except for 'announce') accept postings only from those who are subscribed
to that list, or its corresponding -post list.  (ie, 'general' or

The alternative is to allow postings from anyone, which means that
incidents of random spam to the mailing list will occur, to the irritation
of all.  This is something which I intensely dislike, and hence, not

As many people receive mail to one address and post using a different
address (one which isn't subscribed to a given list), the '-post' lists
were set up to allow people to post to a given list using different
addresses without subscribing multiple times to that list (and receiving
multiple copies of each email sent to the list).

This has been in operation now for over a year, and reminder notices
regarding the configuration have been sent multiple times to the list (you
can also request 'majordomo at lists.humbug.org.au' to send you 'info' about
a particular list), and to each address which attempts to post without
being subscribed.[2]

So, is it (the current configuration, the explanations of the
configuration, the handholding required when people complaing that they
cannot post because of misinterpreting the configuration) worth the
hassle?  I'd like to think so[3].  If you have a better solution which
does not open the lists up to random spamming, please speak up.

  Bruce.                                                         | VP/BOFH
  Infinite Monkeys.  Infinite Keyboards.  I see no Shakespeare.  |  HUMBUG
  Usenet may or may not be an implementation of RFC2795.         |     PAN

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[2] Jason?  Comments?
[3] Give a man a fish vs Teach a man how to fish.

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