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.

*Please note: Your Listserv is edited and maintained through the Listserv web interface. If you are off-campus and need to access the Listserv web interface, you will need to connect to the campus network using the Virtual Private Network (VPN) or a browser in Horizon. If you are on-campus, you may continue to access the Listserv web interface as normal.

Moderators & Moderated Lists


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


  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, discard 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 discard the message, the poster is not notified, this is preferred, due to SPAM.
  6. 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.


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