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Appendix G. Moderated Public Discussion

ezmlm-make argument string = aBdFgHiJkLmNOpQRSTUWXYZ

Common Uses

The Moderated Public Discussion supports public discussion forums where all posts are moderated. Because this List Type accepts public subscription requests, it may have a large number of subscribers. Since it is moderated, it is less vulnerable to spam than the Public Discussion List Type. Moderation is the only way to be sure that inappropriate content such as spam is not posted to a mailing list, but it takes time and effort to moderate a list, especially when there are large number of potential posters, so lists of this type can require multiple moderators.

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Posting Access

It uses the -mOU combination in the ezmlm-make argument string, so lists of this type do not distinguish between the different subscriber levels and view all posts as public. So every post sent to the list is forwarded to the moderation queue unless the sender is on the Deny Subscriber List.

Table G.1. Moderated Public Discussion Posting Access

List User Level Action
Moderator moderate
Subscriber (Regular or Digest) moderate
Public moderate
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Subscription Access

This is a public List Type, so it accepts email subscription commands from the public. Lists that accept public subscription requests and are the most common and basic List Types. Because these lists are public, they are likely to serve a large subscribership. Because the list is open to public subscription, it wouldn't do any good to use a restrictive Web Availability setting.

Table G.2. Moderated Public Discussion Subscription Access

Setting Conditions
Email Subscriptions
Subscribe via Email? Yes
Web Availability
Public The organization may want to display links to this list in a customized Public Area of the website to maximize public participation.
Account Holders Only The organization could elect to keep this mailing list just a little more private by displaying it on protected webpages as opposed to advertising it on the Public Area of the website, in which case this would be a good fit. (This List Type is open to public email subscription commands.)
Subscribers Only Not appropriate (This List Type is open to public email subscription commands.)
Administrators Only Not appropriate unless the list is being kept hidden prior to intial rollout or is being decommissioned (This List Type is open to public email subscription commands.)
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Archive Access

Even though this is a public List Type, only subscribers can retrieve archives via email. Web-based archives are usually only available to account holders, providing a built-in incentive to acquire an account.

Table G.3. Moderated Public Discussion Archive Access

Setting Conditions
Email Archive Retrieval
Messages saved for subscriber retrieval (-aBg) Subscribers have access to the raw ezmlm-idx message archives via email archive retrieval commands. This allows subscribers to retrieve plain text messages only. Email archive retrieval commands from public senders are rejected.
Web Archive Visibility
NO Web Archives Use this setting if the mailing list doesn't need Web archives. This is more commonly used in public lists than private lists, but archives are often useful because they tend to encourage potential members to visit the organization's website.
Public This setting can be used but some customization is required. Most organizations prefer to use the 'Account Holders Only' setting as an enticement to encourage mailing list users to acquire accounts. Can be used only if Web Availability is set to 'Public'.
Account Holders Only This is the favorite setting for most moderated public discussions because it entices public list users to acquire accounts. Can be used if Web Availability is set to 'Public' or 'Account Holders Only'.
List Subscribers This setting can be used if Web Availability is set to 'Public', 'Account Holders Only' or 'Subscribers Only'.
Administrators Only Can be used temporarily to hide the Web-based archives, but subscribers will still be able to retrieve messages from the raw archives via email commands.
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