[PLUG] Setting up a mailing list (server)

Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay sankarshan.mukhopadhyay at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 06:57:35 IST 2007

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Aneesh Mulye wrote:
> I'm looking for information on how to set up a mailing list server for
> college-related work, similar to the one we're interacting with here.

On and off when I read similar thing the only issue that crops to my
mind is who maintains it when the original admin/proposer is not around
(it is an inevitability if you are a student and a possibility if you
are a faculty) and thus I'd really say that if such a chance exist push
the infrastructure bits of your required service to someone who already
has such a thing set up.

> A requirement for both the lists is that it should be able to set up
> tagging rules for each user. For instance, on the "announce" list, a
> user may say that if a mail contains the tags [COMP] or [ENTC], it
> should be sent to him. Or a user on the "discuss" list may say that
> all things marked [OT] will not be sent to him.

Being very pedantic, that above is not a mailing list function. Tagging
would help filtering and mail sort at MUA for end user. Unless there are
multiple recipients of mails marked say, [ENTC] a direct mail to sender
or creation an alias for which more than 1 user receive a mail copy
might be suggested.

> The above is not a requirement set in stone, however. Even without
> tag-based rules, it'll be possible to manage.


> I also want to find out information as to how to set up a web-based
> interface to the list, such as we have on our PLUG list, for users to
> manage their settings.

Any decent mailing list software / web based existing list service
should provide that along with somewhat limited security that archives
are available only to subscribers

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