mailman emergency moderation failure

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by thomas_lord » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:48 pm
Why did this happen?:

Up until yesterday, the "emergency moderation" flag was set on a mailing list I run using the sonic-supplied Mailman software.

Today, spontaneously, "emergency moderation" is turned off.

Has someone besides me gained access to my lists? Was there some software upgrade that would cause this? Does the "emergency moderation" flag time out (though nothing in the documentation suggests it would). WTF?

Thanks,
-t
by joemuller » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:52 pm
Hi Thomas,

I've scoured all of our logs for lists.sonic.net - I only see an admin login from your IP address on November 2nd - no other attempts were made to change settings. As far as I'm aware, there is no timeout to the flag.

While using the 'Emergency Moderation' setting is one way of forcing all posts to be approved/denied by a moderator/administrator, I recommend taking a look at the Sender filters section of the Mailman documentation (this refers to the Privacy Options --> Sender Filters section of the admin page) - it looks like you already have posts to be moderated by default, so the Emergency Moderation setting isn't needed. (The reason it exists is to force all posts to be held for moderation either when you have an open discussion list or a partially moderated one.)

-- Joe M.
Sonic System Operations
I'm a proud employee of Sonic.net! :-)
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