Eastern Michigan University

Setting Moderator Options

Moderation settings determine who can automatically post an email to a list and who requires prior approval. In a private non-discussion list, only authorized senders should be able to post. All other messages should be handled by the list moderation options. They are frequently set to auto-discard.

Follow the instructions below to set the moderator options for an announcment-only list:

  1. Click the Sender filters link under the Privacy options section.

    Screenshot - Sender Filters in Privacy Options Section

  2. Scroll down the page to the Member filters section.

  3. Set "By default, should new list member postings be moderated?" to Yes.

  4. Set "Action to take when a moderated member posts to the list." according to the following criteria:
    to the sender or list admin

    • Hold
      Select this option to automatically hold a moderated message for the list admin to approve, reject or discard.
    • Reject
      Select this option to automatically reject reject a moderated message. The message in the box below will be automatically forwarded to the sender.
    • Discard
      Select this option to automatically discard a moderated message. There will be no notification to the sender or list admin.
    Screenshot - Member Filters Section

    Note:  Most non-discussion lists are set to auto discard. Only authorized senders can send a message to this kind of list.
  5. Scroll down the page to the Non-member filters section.

  6. Enter the email address of everyone who is authorized to send an email to the list into the "List of non-members who postings should be automatically accepted" (authorized sender) text box. This may be your email, the email of an athorized person in your area, or a generic email account used to send the emails to the group. There should be only one email address per line.

    Screenshot - Authorized Sender List Entry

    Note:  Most non-discussion lists are set to auto discard. Only authorized senders can send a message to this kind of list.
  7. Scroll down the page to the "Action to take for postings from non-members for which no explicit action is defined?" question.

  8. Set "Action to take for postings from non-members" to Discard.

  9. Set "Should messages from non-members, which are automatically discarded, be forward to the list moderator?" to No.

  10. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Submit Your Changes button.

    Screenshot - Non-Members Filters Section - Actions for Non-Members Postings