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The following is a list of Mailman features that are included in the new Andrew Mailman Mailing Lists:

Features for Subscribers  

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Carnegie Mellon affiliates have the ability to authenticate to their Mailman mailing lists through Web Login. There is no need to remember a separate password.

Instead of entering a password, click the Log in via login.cmu.edu button.

New members may choose NOT to have their email addresses publically advertised on the subscriber list for their mailing list.

From "Subscription Options." Select Yes to "Conceal yourself from subscriber list."

Users have the ability to make global changes to certain settings (across all mailing lists to which user is subscribed).

From "Subscription Options" > Set globally checkboxes

Users have the ability to temporarily disable mail delivery without needing to unsubscribe from the list.

From "Subscription Options" > "Mail delivery"

Features for Administrators  

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Administrators may choose whether or not to send newly subscribed members a welcome message.

From "mailing list administration General Options."
Select Yes or No to "Send welcome message to newly subscribed members?"

Messages sent to the list moderator for approval are stored in a viewable area, not bounced to the moderator's email.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Other Administrative Activities" >
"Tend to pending moderator requests."

Administrators may add or edit individual settings for each person who is subscribed to their list (unsubscribe, moderate, hide member's email address, etc.).

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Membership Management..."
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"Membership List." Administrators may select from ten different configuration settings, including moderation flag, acknowledgements, etc.

Administrators may hide the list from people browsing the publically-advertised lists.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..."
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"Subscribing" subsection. Select No to "Advertise this list when people ask what lists are on this machine?"

Administrators may ban email addresses from a list.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..."
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"Subscribing" subsection. Enter the email addresses of people you want to ban from list membership.

Administrators may designate who can view subscription lists.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..."
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"Subscribing" subsection. In "Who can view subscription list?", select Anyone, List members or List admin only.

Administrators may choose to have members' email addresses displayed in an altered format on the list's web pages, as a spam deterrent.
Example: "johndoe@cmu.edu" would be written in altered format as "johndoe at cmu.edu".

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..."
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"Subscribing" subsection. Select Yes to "Show member addresses so they're not directly recognizable as email addresses?"

Administrators may choose to have new members' posts be held for moderation by default.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Sender filters" > "Member filters" subsection. Select Yes to "By default, should new list member postings be moderated?"

Administrators may assign an automatic action to take when a post arrives for moderation.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Sender filters" > "Member filters" subsection. Choose from Hold, Reject, or Discard in "Action to take when a moderated member posts to the list."

As a spam deterrent, administrators may require all posts to include the list name in the "To" or "CC" field of the post. This blocks spam which is sent to many different addresses but does not contain an explicit destination in its "To" or "CC" field.

Note: Administrators may also designate alias names for the "To" or "CC" field (see below).

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Recipient filters" > "Recipient filters" subsection. Select Yes to "Must posts have list named in destination field?"

As a spam deterrent, administrators may set up alias names for the "To" or "CC" field. This works in conjunction with the spam deterrent listed above, allowing the administrator fine control over which posts are accepted to the list.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Recipient filters" > "Recipient filters" subsection. In "Alias names which qualify as explicit to or cc destination names for this list," enter the desired aliases.

As a spam deterrent, administrators may set the maximum amount of recipients a post may designate in its "To" or "CC" field before being blocked. This measure blocks spam that is sent to many different addresses and names them explicitly in its "To" or "CC" field.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Recipient filters" > "Recipient filters" subsection. In "Ceiling on acceptable number of recipients for a posting," Enter the maximum number of allowable recipients.

As a spam deterrent, administrators may set up filters that scan the message headers of incoming posts; posts matching those filters will be blocked from the list.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Spam filters" > "Header filters" subsection. In "Filter rules to match against the headers of a message," enter the expression and the action that should be taken.

As a spam deterrent, administrators may allow only list members and all cmu.edu addresses to post to the mailing list. By default, only list members may post to a mailing list. Leave this feature "on" and specify cmu.edu addresses as a Sender Filter. From "mailing list adminstration General Options" > "Privacy options..." > "Sender Filters" subsection. In the "List of non-member addresses whose postings should be automatically accepted," enter ^.*cmu\.edu$ to specify any address that end with cmu.edu.

Administrators may set up options to automatically detect and unsubscribe members whose email is bouncing.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Bounce processing."

Administrators may choose to have the list archived in a web-based format, and may set various storage, privacy, and viewing options for the archive.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Archiving Options."

Administrators may set up automatic response messages for various situations.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Auto-responder."

Administrators may set up the list to automatically filter messages (e.g. by message content, attachments, etc.)

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Content filtering."

Administrators may set certain criteria to automatically monitor message topic content.

From "mailing list administration General Options" > "Topics."

Last Updated: 02/11/2013