I've written a file- and list-server, and have a question about
how I can have it handle the following situation:
On one particular list, posts are allowed by non-members; that is, the
poster does not need to be subscribed. The reason for this is that one
of the addresses on the list points to a mail<->news gateway on another
system. Messages may come from any of a thousand users on this
Normal operation of the mailing list is to have Reply-To: point back to
the mailing list. Sender: is set to MAILER-DAEMON, so bounces don't go
back to the list.
The difficulty occurs where a non-member posts from another site. The
Reply-To: points back to the list, therefore all replies will usually go
back to the list. Because the original poster is not subscribed to the
list, it's doubtful that he/she will ever get a response.
What I'd like to know is how other administrators handle something like
this. I suppose I could build in some logic to flag a site as a
gateway, and then have the software send a message to any
non-member that is not at a gateway site. Something like "If you want a
response to your message, you'd better subscribe quick!". Or perhaps I
could have the software remove the Reply-To: header in these situations.
Rick Vandenberg rick @
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