Issue #20: A priori moderation on mailing lists delays message availability (Fwd: Issue #17: spi-general mailing list unreachable)

Philippe Cloutier chealer at
Sat May 8 21:20:20 UTC 2021

Some of SPI's mailing lists (at least spi-general and spi-private) 
impose a priori moderation in certain circumstances. A mail sent to "Too 
many recipients" can trigger such moderation queues. The forwarded 
message is an example of a message which was directed to such a queue. 
That message's content shows 4 more messages which presumably suffered 
the same fate.

It appears that no matter how one subscribed, these mails will not be 
relayed until they have been approved. And unfortunately, unless I am 
missing something, there is also no way to access mails in queues via 
the web interfaces. Unfortunately, this has an important impact on 
communication efficiency, as processing delays visibly exceed 1 month in 
certain cases (the forwarded message is still queued as I write these 

While a proper solution should be implemented, increasing the criteria 
to trigger a priori moderation and/or adding moderation manpower would 
mitigate. I volunteer to help with the latter for spi-general.

-------- Message transféré --------
Sujet : 	Re: Issue #17: spi-general mailing list unreachable
Date : 	Fri, 2 Apr 2021 10:39:58 -0400
De : 	Philippe Cloutier <chealer at>
Pour : 	Michael Schultheiss <schultmc at>, Martin Michlmayr 
<tbm at>, spi-general at, 
sysadmin at, webmaster at
Copie à : 	spi-private at, board at, 
schultmc at, sfrost at, sfrost at

Le 2021-03-29 à 10:01, Michael Schultheiss a écrit :
> Martin Michlmayr wrote:
>> * Philippe Cloutier<chealer at>  [2021-03-27 13:11]:
>>> I am sorry to inform you that the spi-general mailing list has visibly been
>>> unreachable, for at least 40 hours. I personally sent a mail to
>> I noticed the same problem recently and opened a ticket but so
>> received no reply.
>> I'm worried thatboard at  doesn't work since it's (IIRC) also
>> a mailing list; copying Stephen and Michael directly.
> This should now be resolved - apologies for the delay in responding due
> to issues with the list software.

Thank you very much Michael. Thanks also to Martin Michlmayr, and to 
Robert Brockway for acknowledging reception of my report.

Although it is clear that Michael's actions have helped, I am 
unfortunately under the impression that this issue is not fully fixed 
yet. From the replies which reached me, I can't explain why the 
following still don't show on spi-general's archives:

 1. Michael Schultheiss's 2021-03-29 9:52 "Re: [SYSADM #4825] AutoReply:
    Issue #17: spi-general mailing list unreachable"
 2. Michael Schultheiss's 2021-03-29 9:58 "Re: [SYSADM #4825] AutoReply:
    Issue #17: spi-general mailing list unreachable"
 3. Michael Schultheiss's 2021-03-29 10:01 "Re: Issue #17: spi-general
    mailing list unreachable", to which this mail replies
 4. Robert Brockway's 2021-03-31 03:45 "Re: Issue #17: spi-general
    mailing list unreachable"

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Philippe Cloutier

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