What is 'administrivia'?

Neal McBurnett neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
Sun Dec 30 15:12:29 UTC 2007

On Sun, Dec 30, 2007 at 09:42:35AM -0500, Evan wrote:
> I just sent an email to this list, and a few seconds later found out it had
> been put on hold pending review because: "Message may contain administrivia"
> What???

Often people who don't understand mailing lists send requests like
"subscribe" or "help" to the entire list, rather than to the
administrative address assocaited with the list.  So the software
tries to filter that "administrivia" out so it doesn't spam the other

My guess would be to look for command-words like that, rephrase them
and try again.

Neal McBurnett                 http://mcburnett.org/neal/

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