ubuntu-devel and ubuntu-devel-discuss

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 7 19:16:16 GMT 2007

On Wed, Mar 07, 2007 at 10:51:10AM -0500, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> One possible technical solution would be to set max_days_to_hold to  
> some non-zero value.  A value > 0 tells Mailman to automatically  
> discard held postings after that number of days.  This is possibly  
> non-ideal because it's non-discriminatory on what messages it discards.

Right, this means that when moderation resources run short, we drop
legitimate messages, something we definitely want to avoid.

> It's also possible to write a custom handler for the ubuntu-devel  
> mailing list, assuming you're comfortable with a non-standard Mailman  
> instance.  The general idea would be to look for cross-posted  
> messages that contain an In-Reply-To header.  If you get a match,  
> then this is (probably) a reply to a previously cross-posted  
> message.  In that case, the handler would raise DiscardMessage and  
> the message would be unceremoniously dropped.  Checking for the In- 
> Reply-To header allows the original cross-post to go through the  
> normal moderation steps.

We may already have a non-standard mailman instance, though in any case, the
people who need to be comfortable are the Canonical sysadmins who manage it.  

Do you think this is a good approach?  Do you know of other installations
which face this problem (crossposting between moderated and unmoderated

 - mdz

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