Western Kentucky University

IT Division - Mailing Lists

List Moderation

The administrators and moderators of every mailing list have the ability to accept, reject, and discard messages that are sent to the mailing list.  When a message is sent, the administrators/moderators receive an email notifying them of the pending post.  There is a link in the email that sends the administrator to a page that has all of the pending posts.  This is where the administrators/moderators can select what to do with the message.

Defer, Accept, Reject, and Discard

There are four different moderation options for pending posts; defer, accept, reject, and discard.  To defer a message means to leave it alone for moderation later.  Accepting the post will allow the message through to all the members of the mailing list.  Rejecting a message will not allow the message to be sent to the members of the list, but will send a bounceback to the sender of the message informing them that their email was not allowed through.  Discarding the message will block it and will not send a bounceback to the sender.

Sender Filters

Another way the administrator can moderate the mailing list is through the sender filters section.  To get to this section, click privacy options from the main administration page, and then it is possible to click on sender filters.  This section has several options to always allow/block certain email addresses from posting.

The first option in sender filters sets whether the messages that members send to the mailing list are moderated.  The default for this is no which will let anyone who is a member of the mailing list to post anytime.

 Last Modified 7/23/13