How do I moderate my Listserv?


All individuals with appropriate permission levels have the ability to moderate their Listserv.

Moderating Subscribers

When list members are moderated, any message they post is first sent to the moderator(s) for approval. Use this setting for a list that is for announcements only (i.e., you don't want list members to be able to post) or to have control over a specific list members postings..

  1. On the administration Web page for the list, click the "Membership Management link".
  2. Choose the "Membership List" link to view your list membership.
  3. Find the list member to be moderated and check the box in the "mod" column.
  4. If you wish to moderate everyone on the list, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the "Set everyone's moderation bit, including those members not currently visible" option. Clicking "ON" will make everyone moderated. 
  5. Click the "Set" button.
  6. Finally, click the "Submit Your Changes" button at the bottom of the page.

Turn off moderation for a list member:

  1. Clear the check box in the "mod" column.
  2. Click "Submit Your Changes".


Handling Moderated Lists

If you are the moderator of a list, you decide which messages get posted to the list and which get tossed into the bit bucket. When someone tries to post a message to the list (that is, they send the message to the list's address), you get a notification message. The message contains a link to the Web page that you use to approve or reject message. Follow the instructions on the Web page to approve of the message (so it is posted) or reject it (so it's not). If you reject a message, Mailman automatically sends a message back to the person who tried to post the message, and you can edit the text of that message on the Web page, too.

You may handle the rejection/approval of a message via email and not the Web page, but Mailman's implementation of this is confusing. The web page is the preferred method to moderate your mailing list.

At the bottom of the notification message or attached to it will be these directions (here, the list is called listname):

  • Subject: confirm 70a554ab20cdacd07870ac1f169910d0fa7c635 Sender: If you reply to this message, keeping the Subject: header intact, Mailman will discard the held message. Do this if the message is spam.

In many email clients this will not work if you use "reply" as instructed. Instead, you must "forward" the message to "" and copy/paste the "confirm" code (the long string of letters/numbers) into the "Subject" line.

Or you could just create a new message for "" and copy/paste the "confirm" code into its "Subject".

If you need further assistance, please submit a service request or CHAT with TAC.


Article ID: 32566
Mon 6/26/17 8:46 PM
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