moderators - submission addresses for moderated newsgroups
When an unapproved article is posted locally to a moderated newsgroup, rather than being
passed off to innd(8) for normal handling, it's instead sent via e-mail to the submission
address for that newsgroup. The file <pathetc in inn.conf>/moderators lists the submis-
sion addresses for moderated newsgroups. This file is used by nnrpd(8), inews(1), and any
other program that uses the GetModeratorAddress() routine (see libinn(3).)
The moderators file is a list of associations between wildmat(3) patterns matching news-
groups and the submission address for those newsgroups. Blank lines and lines starting
with a number sign (``#'') are ignored. All other lines should consist of those two
fields separated by a colon.
The second field, the submission address, may have at most one %s anywhere in it; if
present, this will be replaced by the name of the newsgroup with periods replaced by
dashes. If there is a literal ``%'' in the submission address, it must be written as
``%%'' (even if not followed by an ``s'').
Here is a sample file:
Using the above file, postings to the moderated newsgroup in the left column will be sent
to the address shown in the right column:
Periods are converted to dashes for historical reasons, from back in the days when periods
in the local part of addresses may not be handled correctly. It's probably no longer nec-
essary, 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 gra-
ciously volunteered to handle forwarding tasks for all world-wide newsgroups so that indi-
vidual 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 moderators-
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 circum-
stances are the forwarding addresses for local or limited distribution moderated groups.
Written by Rich $alz <email@example.com> for InterNetNews. This is revision 1.6, dated
inews(1), inn.conf(5), libinn(3), wildmat(3).