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Appendix F. Moderated Subscribers-Only Discussion

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Common Uses

The Moderated Subscribers-Only Discussion supports discussion forums where all posts are moderated. Because this List Type is moderated, it is less vulnerable to spam than the Closed Private Discussion or Moderated Private Discussion List Types so it can successfully serve a much larger subscriber base. It is suitable for any discussion forum where it is important to have posts filtered by a moderator. Moderation is the only way to be sure that inappropriate content is not posted to a mailing list, but it takes time and effort to moderate a list, so use this List Type when the benefit of preventing inappropriate posts justifies the costs. Because it rejects public posts, it is less open to public input than the Moderated Private Discussion List Type.

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Posting Access

The Moderated Subscribers-Only Discussion uses the -mOuy combination to control posting access, so messages from subscribers and moderators are sent for moderation, but messages from public senders are rejected. This List Type uses the -u switch, so cross-posting is enabled, as are the Allow and Poster Subscriber Lists.

Table F.1. Moderated Subscribers-Only Discussion Posting Access

List User Level Action
Moderator moderate
Subscriber (Regular, Digest, Allow, Poster) moderate
Public reject
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Subscription Access

Although this is a private, rather than public, List Type, it can serve a larger number of subscribers than discussion forums that don't moderate subscriber posts. Like other private List Types, users can't subscribe via email so the subscription process is handled exclusively through webtools. The Web Availability setting for mailing lists based on this List Type can be set to 'Account Holders' if the list is open to any account holder or to 'Subscribers Only' if it is a closed, invitation-only list.

Table F.2. Moderated Subscribers-Only Discussion Subscription Access

Setting Use Case Applications
Email Subscriptions
Subscribe via Email? No
Web Availability
Public Not used for private List Types.
Account Holders Only Logged-in account holders can add and remove their own subscriptions. This is appropriate for an optional discussion forum of any size that is open to all account holders.
Subscribers Only This is used for private, optional discussion forums that want to add subscribers selectively, but then allow subscribers to leave the list at their own discretion.
Administrators Only This setting is used for private, mandatory discussion lists where it is desirable to have administrators add and remove all subscriptions.
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Archive Access

Archive access is somewhat dependent on the Web Availability setting, since a user has to be able to access the Mailing List Home page in order to see the link to the list archives.

Table F.3. Moderated Subscribers-Only 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 if the mailing list doesn't need Web archives. This is uncommon, but could be appropriate for an informal or temporary discussion group.
Public Not appropriate for private lists.
Account Holders Only Can be used only if Web Availability is set to account holders.
List Subscribers The most common setting, matching the most common Web Availability setting. It helps assure that archived list content is only accessed by known, authorized users.
Administrators Only Used when you want archives but don't want them to be visible to ordinary mortals. This setting effectively hides the existence of archives from everyone except administrators.
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