Friendlier "awaits moderator approval text"
Here is the reaction of Kernel Hacker Neil brown, trying to send a mail to a mailman-member only list. I agree that the standard blurb reads drier and more unfriendly than it could be and I would love to see mailman adopt a text similar to what he proposed:
I tried to identify what I really didn't like about the "Your message awaits moderator approval" email I got and it seems to come down to the "to a members only list" part. It comes across as saying "we are a closed community and aren't interested in what others have to say" - which clearly isn't true, but does seem to be implied by the text.
Had the message been more friendly, e.g.
Thanks for your email with subject: $SUBJECT
As this is your first post to $LISTNAME the message will require approval
by a moderator after which it will, if acceptable, be forwarded to the
list. This normally takes $AVERAGE_WAIT_TIME. Subsequent posts by
you will then be accepted without moderation.
then I would have had nothing to complain about.
I think it is important that newcomers feel welcomed and "members only" doesn't sound welcoming.