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Subject: RE: probation period for new subscribers
From: Gary E Bickford <garyb @ mynext>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 99 23:12:30 -0500
To: List-Managers @ GreatCircle . COM
References: <199907130800 . BAA12706 @ honor . greatcircle . com>
Reply-to: garyb @ outlawnet . com

Somebody said:
Hello all,

I'm using majordomo.  Is there a way to set up a list so
that messages from first-time/new subscribers would need to go
through the list-owner for a set number of postings?  Say... after
three postings, the new subscriber would automatically be removed
from some type of probationary list (sends messages from new subscriber
to list-owner for approval) to prevent spammers from signing up for 
the purpose of getting their one-time spam through?

Thanks for any help/advice.

Here's suggestions from someone who doesn't know much... If there  
isn't a way in Majordomo, you could hack up a procmail filter to  
receive the incoming mail, and look for people on a probation list.   
If it's a match, send to the approval address, else pass it on to  
majordomo in the usual way.  Of course, this is essentially  
duplicating majordomo's job.

Another way that might be better is to maintain two lists, one of  
which is a gateway or exploder that folks sign up to, and after a  
while you move them to the other, real list.  This has certain  
administrative complexities I think.

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