Web or email interface to show all lists an address is subscribe to.

Bug #1517712 reported by PaulWay
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GNU Mailman
Mark Sapiro

Bug Description

At the moment it is difficult for a user to find out which lists they have been subscribed to. With sensible list owners this would not be a problem, but if list owners silently subscribe people to a list without asking then a person can find themselves receiving mail for lists they did not know they were on.

I can see two possible interfaces for this:

1) A search form on e.g. http://example.com/mailman/listinfo that allows a user to type in their email address and request a search for lists that they are subscribed to. For security reasons this would forward them an email with a confirmation code. Responding with the correct code would perform the search.

2) Sending an email to e.g. <email address hidden> would automatically respond with the lists the sender's email address is subscribed to.

Obviously this does not stop rogue admins continuing to add email lists and silently subscribe people to them, but it does make it easy for a user to find and unsubscribe themselves. This proposal does not intend to combat spam because there are much easier ways of sending spam than setting up mailman :-)

Thanks in advance,


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Mark Sapiro (msapiro) wrote :

This already exists. Go to your user options page for any list in the installation for which you are subscribed at a URL something like http://www.example.com/mailman/options/LISTNAME. Log in with your subscribed email address and list password. If you don't know your password, get an immediate email reminder by entering your email address on the login page and clicking the Remind button.

Once logged in, click the "List my other subscriptions" button to get a list of all the lists in the installation to which your address is subscribed.

Is there some reason why this is insufficient for your request?

Changed in mailman:
assignee: nobody → Mark Sapiro (msapiro)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
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PaulWay (paulway) wrote :

Hi Mark,

I do understand that process and have used it. However, there are two problems with it.

Firstly, it's undiscoverable. The user has to log in before even finding out that there's an option to find other subscriptions. The fact that I logged this bug without discovering this option is proof of this.

Secondly, it's a complicated hoop to jump through in order to discover this option. My two proposals are much easier for a user to discover - one from the front page, the other by a direct email. They still provide the same level of abuse prevention that the currently implemented system does, but are much easier to use.

Hope this helps,


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Mark Sapiro (msapiro) wrote :

I'll consider it. No promises.

Changed in mailman:
importance: Low → Wishlist
status: Incomplete → Opinion
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