University of Oregon

MailMan List Privacy Options: Subscription Rules


The Privacy Options affect who can see the list, post to the list, and view list information.

To hide the list, set advertised to 'No'.

subscribe_policy should be set to 'Require Approval' or 'Confirm and approve', to keep spammers and unwanted subscribers from posting to the list.

unsubscribe_policy should usually be set to 'No', to allow people subscribed to the list to leave the list if they so desire.

ban_list is a set of email addresses, one per line, that are not allowed to subscribe to the list. If subscribe_policy is set to require list owner approval, this should not be an issue.

private_roster configures who is allowed to view the subscription list. This should not be set to 'Anyone', to protect the list subscribers from having their email addresses gathered by spammers or other non-list entities.

obscure_addresses is another way of protecting the list subscribers. If the members of the list are viewed, their email addresses are not displayed in an Internet usable fashion.