moderators - Submission addresses for moderated groups
When an unapproved article is posted locally to a moderated newsgroup, it is not
passed off to innd
for normal handling; instead, it is sent via e-mail
to the submission address for that newsgroup. The submission address is
determined using this configuration file.
The file pathetc
/moderators is a list of associations between
(3) patterns matching newsgroups and the submission address for
those newsgroups. Blank lines and lines starting with a number sign
("#") are ignored. All other lines should consist of two fields
separated by a colon:
The first field is a uwildmat
(3) pattern matching the group or groups to
which this line applies. The first matching line is used, so more specific
patterns should be listed before general patterns.
The second field, the submission address, should be a simple e-mail address with
one exception: at most one %s may occur anywhere in the address. If present,
it will be replaced by the name of the newsgroup, with all periods in the name
changed to dashes ("-"). If there is a literal "%" in the
submission address, it must be written as "%%", even if not followed
by an "s".
With the %s syntax, periods are converted to dashes for historical reasons, from
back in the days when periods in the local part of addresses were not always
handled correctly. It's probably no longer necessary, but so much now depends
on it that it can't be easily changed.
It's intended that the sample moderators
file included in the INN
distribution always be sufficient for all world-wide newsgroups. The hosts
behind moderators.isc.org have graciously volunteered to handle forwarding
tasks for all world-wide newsgroups so that individual sites don't have to
keep track of the submission addresses for moderated groups. The forwarding
database used by moderators.isc.org is coordinated by
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; if you know of a world-wide newsgroup
hierarchy that is not correctly handled by moderators.isc.org, please send the
details to that address.
Given that, the only thing you should have to add to the sample file under
normal circumstances are the forwarding addresses for local or
limited-distribution moderated groups.
If this file doesn't exist, or if a post is made to a moderated group that has
no matching entry in this file, nnrpd
falls back on the value of
set in inn.conf
and, failing that, rejects the
Here is a sample file:
Using the above file, postings to the moderated newsgroup in the left column
below will be sent to the address shown in the right column below:
Note that periods are changed to dashes and dashes are left alone with the %s
syntax, so two moderated newsgroups whose names differ only by changing a
period to a dash would go to the same address. Such newsgroup pairs should
therefore not be created.
Written by Rich $alz <email@example.com> for InterNetNews. Rewritten in
POD by Russ Allbery <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
$Id: moderators.pod 9767 2014-12-07 21:13:43Z iulius $