Turning off List Subscription?

Robert 'Bob' Jensen bjensen at fedoraproject.org
Mon Mar 23 15:31:15 UTC 2015

It comes with the territory of being a list admin IMO.

On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 9:42 AM, Joe Brockmeier <jzb at redhat.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> For whatever reason, we're seeing a fair number of complaints that
> people are being spammed by subscription requests. It looks like there's
> some sort of script hitting a number of mailman installations and
> sending subscribe requests for a variety of email addresses.
> I have no idea what this accomplishes for the person(s) behind the
> bot(s) but it's annoying people and AFAIK we don't have a good way of
> blocking it.
> We could cut this off at the pass by turning off the ability to
> subscribe, but that means we'd have to process subscription requests
> manually and some folks might not subscribe if they have to jump through
> additional hoops. But I don't think the subscription rate is
> particularly high for this list - so that may be a minor issue.
> Thoughts? I hate to make things more complicated, but I also would like
> our list software not be abused.
> Best,
> jzb
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