Most top-level lists on netbeans.org (like nbdev, nbusers, etc) are "discuss" lists, in the list server terminology. Discuss lists are lists to which you must be subscribed to post messages to. Any messages coming from an email address that is not subscribed are bounced to moderators for evaluation.
This is a very good way of stopping spam from getting through to the list and hence all subscribers. It's not worth the effort for a spammer to actually subscribe to a list before spamming it. The spams are bounced to the moderators where they can be stopped and junked before being sent on to the list.
However this kind of moderation can also delay legitimate posts from real NetBeans users. All of the following scenarios will result in a valid post being bounced to the moderators for approval :
As described in the FAQ, moderation will delay these valid posts. The more moderators there are, the less delay there will be, and of course, the less work for other moderators.
If you'd like to help moderate, here's how.
Who Should Apply ?
Moderation is a serious responsibility. Some of the netbeans.org lists are very large, with thousands of subscribers. Only people that are known on the lists and long term subscribers can be considered as moderators. This is to prevent for eg an unknown spammer signing up, spamming all lists with some junk or a virus, and then using her moderator position to approve all those spams.
If you think you qualify, and you'd like to help moderate, please .
Setting up your mail client
A shared Moderator account where all moderation messages are sent has been set up for moderators use. By configuring your mail client to access this mailbox, you can see the queue of messages waiting for moderation. If you approve or reject those msgs in the queue, and delete them from the mailbox, the next moderator to log in will only see any new messages that have not yet been processed.
Following are instructions for setting up Mozilla and Thunderbird mail clients to access this shared mailbox. If you are behind a firewall, also see the following section.
Type of Acct : Email
Enter your real name and email as normal
Server name is pop.netbeans.info
Username : moderator
Account Name : whatever you like, eg NetBeans Moderator
Click OK. You should now see the account listed on the left.
When I delete a msg : Move it to Trash
Check Expunge Inbox on Exit
DO NOT CHECK Empty Trash on Exit
Check Show only subscribed folders
UNCheck Server supports folders than contain sub-folders and msgs
Leave Personal / Public / Other Namespaces fields blank
UNCheck Allow server to override these namespaces
When sending msgs : Using the "Sent" on Moderator option will not work, you should check the "Other" radio button, and via the combo-box choose Moderator -> Inbox -> Sent
Click OK to close the Account panel. You should see your new NetBeans Moderator account listed under your normal account and folder list on the left.
You're done. See OK, What Next below to start moderating.
If you are behind a corporate firewall it will not be possible to connect directly to netbeans.info mail server. In this case you may be able to set up a port forwarding SSH tunnel to the mail server. You will need a login account on some SSH server, somewhere, it doesn't matter where.
Setting up email client
Steps are almost the same as described in the previous section Setting up your mail client, except :
Setting up the SSH tunnel
ssh -L 4500:pop.netbeans.info:143
You're done. As long as this tunnel connection is open, you will be able to connect to the netbeans.info mail server. See OK, What Next below to start moderating.
OK, What Next ?
Once your client is configured, and you can see the contents of the moderator mailbox, you can start moderating.
%%% Start comment
%%% End comment
Anything you write between these lines will be sent to the original poster, so you could explain why you are disapproving the msg and suggest an alternative list for them to post to.
Here's an example I use to reject unsubscription requests, feel free to copy-paste it as a template :
%%% Start comment Hello, I'm a moderator for the netbeans.org mailing lists. I've just rejected the "unsubscribe" message you posted recently, as such messages should not go the lists themselves. There are unsubscribe links on the main lists page : https://netbeans.org/community/lists/top.html If you're having trouble, please see the the list FAQ, and the unsubscribe guide : http://wiki.netbeans.org/wiki/view/NetBeansUserFAQ#section-NetBeansUserFAQ-MailingLists https://netbeans.org/community/lists/unsubscribe.html If you're still having trouble please get back to me with details. Thanks, and Best Regards, -- %%% End comment
That's it. Thank you for helping! Remember, if in doubt, just leave the message along, someone else can evaluate it. Any problems or questions please contact
It wont take long before you realise the huge volume of spam that moderating stops getting to the lists. That's good for the lists, but of course more messages for moderators to review.
More content to come.