When I have the list on moderation (or whenever there are posts in
the admin queue), this is my thought process:
1. Review the content:
Is the content appropriate?
Does the post contain generally acceptable language?
Is the content pertinent?
Is the topic appropriate for the list?
Does the content contain any redeeming information (that would
otherwise result in deletion)?
If the post received a "No", is there any other reason to approve it?
2. Review for bandwidth:
Is the message too long with too little new information?
Does the reply include ALL previously quoted material?
Was the response intended for someone other than the list?
Is the message a duplicate or late?
Mailman makes some moderation tasks difficult. i.e. There is no
chronological "replay" of the posts received by the list server.
Sometimes I inadvertently approve a post, then find that there was a
previous reply to the one approved. I will delete the previous reply
if the approved post contained a quote of the previous reply.
3. Is the subject appropriate?
Was the subject field blank?
Was the subject field "Re: Macos-x-server Digest..."
I don't review other technical attributes of the post, i.e. whether
someone top-posted or whether they replied to another message with a
I have been handling Mac OS X Server list messages this way for
something like 8 years, but I do make mistakes. If you feel that your
message was handled incorrectly, please let me know.
Do not post admin requests to the list. They will be ignored.
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