How do I moderate my Listserv?


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All faculty, staff and students, who have the appropriate permissions levels, have the ability to moderate their Listserv.
 

Moderators & Moderated Lists
 

Moderators:

A moderator is an editor designated to receive and approve the posts for a moderated LISTSERV. If you are the moderator of a list, you decide what messages get posted (approved) to the list.


Moderating Subscribers:

Subscribers can be moderated, meaning any message they try to post must first be approved by a moderator. Moderating subscribers is best used when you don't want list members (subscribers) to be able to post or when you need to have control over a specific list member's postings. 



Turning On Moderation
 

  1. On the administration Web page for the list, click the "Membership Management link."
     
  2. Select "Membership List" to view your list membership.
     
  3. If you want to moderate everyone on the list, scroll to the bottom of the page, locate "Set everyone's moderation bit, including those members not currently visible" option, and select "ON."
     
  4. To moderate a specific subscriber, locate the list member and check the box in the "mod" column.
     
  5. Select the "Set" button.
     
  6. Click the "Submit Your Changes" button at the bottom of the page.


Turning Off Moderation for a Specific User 
 

  1. On the administration Web page for the list, click the "Membership Management link."
     
  2. Select "Membership List" to view your list membership.
     
  3. Locate the list member and deselect / clear the box in the "mod" column.
     
  4. Select the "Set" button.
     
  5. Click "Submit Your Changes."


Approving / Rejecting a Post
 

*Please note: There are two ways to handle the rejection/approval of a post, (1) through a Web page or (2) by email. The Web page is the preferred method to moderate your mailing list. The email implementation is confusing and not recommended. 


Web Page:
 

  1. A subscriber will try to post to the list by sending a message to the list's address.
     
  2. The moderator will receive a notification message.
     
  3. The notification message contains a link to a Web page that will allow the moderator to approve or reject the message, as well as modify the "post rejected" message.
     
  4. Follow the instructions on the Web page to either (1) post the user's message (approved) or (2) reject it (the message is not posted).
     
  5. If you reject a message, Mailman automatically sends a message back to the person who tried to post the message; the text of that message can be edited through the Web page.
     

Email (not recommended):
 

  1. A subscriber will try to post to the list by sending a message to the list's address.
     
  2. The moderator will receive a notification message.
     
  3. The following directions can be found at the bottom of the notification message or attached to it. In the example below, the list is called, "listname"
    Example: Subject: confirm 70a554ab20cdacd07870ac1f169910d0fa7c635 Sender: listname-request@lists.uncw.edu From:listname-request@lists.uncw.edu If you reply to this message, keeping the Subject: header intact, Mailman will discard the held message. Do this if the message is spam.
     
  4. In most email clients, it will not work if you use "reply" as instructed. Instead, you must "forward" the message to "listname-request@lists.uncw.edu" and copy/paste the "confirm" code (the long string of letters/numbers) into the "Subject" line.
  5. Or, instead of forwarding, you can create a new message to "listname-request@lists.uncw.edu" and copy/paste the "confirm" code into the email "Subject" line.


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Article ID: 32566
Created
Mon 6/26/17 8:46 PM
Modified
Mon 4/12/21 4:41 PM