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Sympa Terms and Definitions

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Closed Use this mode if you do not want anyone to send a message to the email list. Any messages sent will be rejected.
Restricted to subscribers Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, and moderators to be able to send messages to the email list. Any messages sent by others will be rejected.
Moderated Use this mode if you want any messages sent to the email list to be moderated (approved by the moderator), except for messages from moderators. Moderators receive an email notification when a message that needs to be moderated is sent to the email list.
Moderated, even for moderators Use this mode if you want any messages sent to the email list to be moderated (approved by the moderator), including messages from moderators. Moderators receive an email notification when a message that needs to be moderated is sent to the email list.
Moderated, with editor confirmation Use this mode if you want any messages sent to the email list to be moderated, except for messages sent by moderators. When a moderator sends a message, they receive a confirmation email asking them to confirm their email (involves following a link or sending an email to Sympa with a certain authentication code) in order to have their message sent to the list.
Restricted to local domain Only people on the Virginia.edu domain can post.
Restricted to local domain and subscribers Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, moderators, and people on the local network to be able to send messages to the email list. Any messages sent by others will be rejected.
Newsletter, restricted to moderators Use this mode if you only want moderators to be able to send messages to the email list. Any messages sent by others will be rejected.
Newsletter, restricted to moderators after confirmation Use this mode if you only want moderators to be able to send messages to the email list, and messages from moderators must be moderated. Any messages sent by others will be rejected.
Restricted to subscribers check S/MIME signature Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, and moderators with S/MIME signatures to be able to send messages to the email list. Any messages sent by others will be rejected.
Moderated, restricted to subscribers Use this mode if you want only subscribers and moderators to be able to send moderated messages to the email list. Any messages sent by others will be rejected. All posts are moderated except for posts from the moderator. Any messages sent by others will be rejected.
Moderated, for non subscribers sending multipart messages Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, and moderators to be able to send messages to the email list. Any messages sent by others, and messages with attachments will be moderated.
Restricted to subscribers with previous md5 authentication Use this mode if you want only subscribers to be able to send messages to the email list after their email is confirmed. Upon sending a message, the subscriber receives a confirmation email asking them to confirm their email (involves following a link or sending an email to Sympa with a certain authentication code).
Moderated, for subscribers and moderators Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, and moderators to be able to send messages to the email list after their email is confirmed. Upon sending a message, the subscriber receives a confirmation email asking them to confirm their email (involves following a link or sending an email to Sympa with a certain authentication code).
Private, moderated for non subscribers Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, and moderators to be able to send messages to the email list without moderation. Any messages sent by others will be moderated.
Private, confirmation for non subscribers Use this mode if you want only subscribers, list owners, and moderators to be able to send messages to the email list without confirmed. When an non-subscriber sends a message, he or she receives a confirmation email asking them to confirm their email (involves following a link or sending an email to Sympa with a certain authentication code).
Public list Use this mode if you want anyone to be able to send a message to the email list.
Public list, Bcc rejected (anti spam) Use this mode if you want anyone to be able to send a message to the email list, except for message using bcc, which are rejected.
Anyone with previous md5 confirmation Use this mode if you want anyone to be able to send messages to the email list after their email is confirmed. Upon sending a message, the subscriber receives a confirmation email asking them to confirm their email (involves following a link or sending an email to Sympa with a certain authentication code).
Public list multipart / mixed messages are forwarded to moderator Use this mode if you want anyone to be able to send a message to the email list, except for messages with attachments, which are moderated.
Public list multipart messages are rejected Use this mode if you want anyone to be able to send a message to the email list, except for messages with attachments, which are rejected.

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This page adapted from the University of Chicago's (Sympa) Mailing List documentation.

Page Updated: 2012-02-16