[all] Volunteer mailing list administrators

Chris MacNaughton chris.macnaughton at canonical.com
Mon Dec 16 07:36:08 UTC 2019

I'm also happy to help!


On 12/15/19 6:05 PM, Jeremy Stanley wrote:
> This is a long-overdue request. It's been more than a year since we
> combined openstack, openstack-dev, openstack-ops, openstack-sigs,
> openstack-tc and a number of other lower-traffic mailing lists into
> this new openstack-discuss mailing list. In that time, I've been
> serving as the sole administrator and moderator for the combined
> list. As I'm about to take an extended vacation away from regular
> Internet access for the first time since the list migration, I will
> be unable to check the moderation queue on a daily basis, and so
> would appreciate a bit of help from some of you.
> If there's anyone interested in helping out as additional
> administrators for the openstack-discuss mailing list, please reply
> to this message on-list (so other subscribers know who is
> volunteering) and I'll help bring you up to speed. In the immediate
> term I need at least one person willing to check the moderation
> queue a few times in the second half of December while I'm
> unavailable (daily would be awesome but a couple times a week is
> probably fine really). If you're expecting to be around and able to
> help with that, please respond on Monday or Tuesday of this week and
> I'll sync up to get you a copy of the Mailman administrator password
> for it and a quick walk-through of the moderator interface (if you
> already moderate other Mailman lists, all the better!).
> Moderation queue volume is typically on the order of twenty to fifty
> messages a day, most of which are spam of course, but one or two a
> day on average are legitimate messages either from non-subscribers
> with a question or sometimes slightly over the size limit because of
> attached logs. The spam and non-spam are pretty easy to tell apart
> if you've been around our community for a while: if the subject of
> the message has a recognizable topic tag in it or mentions the name
> of some OpenStack project then it's quite likely legitimate and can
> be approved. Spam on the other had usually either has a subject
> which is not in English (the required language for messages to this
> list) or is clearly someone selling something or running a scam.
> When in doubt though, you can quickly check the message body to be
> sure. I tend to spend at most 5 minutes a day looking through the
> moderation queue (and usually far less).
> Longer term, I'd like to see anywhere between 3-5 admins for the
> openstack-discuss list. No need to coordinate workload or vacations
> that way, we can just each check the queue when we think about it
> and that should be plenty often. Also while keeping on top of the
> moderation queue is the primary need, it would be great for these
> folks to know/learn a bit about how Mailman mailing lists are
> configured and how to troubleshoot them from the WebUI and message
> headers. Better still, if anyone wants to get even more involved,
> the OpenDev sysadmins would always welcome new recruits willing to
> help manage and run our mailing list servers and our infrastructure
> overall, I'm happy to make introductions!

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