Configuring a listserv so that messages have to be approved

You can change a listserv's settings such that messages sent to the listserv must be approved by a moderator, called an Editor, before being distributed to the listserv subscribers. In order to do this, you will need to change the Send permissions and then define an Editor (and optionally, Moderators) in the listserv configuration settings. Note that Editors' messages bypass moderation entirely.

First, change the configuration of the listserv so that only Editors can approve messages:
  1. Log in to the Northwestern Listserv Web Interface at .
  2. On the top menu bar, click List Management.
  3. From the dropdown menu, hover over List Configuration and click List Configuration Tasks.
  4. Under Select List, choose the list you want to manage.
  5. Click on the Security tab.
  6. Scroll down to the Send= dropdown box and change it to Editor.
  7. Underneath the Send= box, check the Hold box.
  8. Once you've set the desired send level, scroll to the bottom and click Save.
Next, define the Editor or Editors who will approve messages:
  1. On the top bar, select the Administrators tab.
  2. Enter email addresses in the Editor= field. Note that these Editors can be, but do not need to be, listserv owners.
  3. Click Save when all desired Editors have been added.
Please note that if multiple Editors are listed, only the first Editor listed will receive messages to moderate. If you would like multiple Editors to receive messages to moderate, you can add them as Moderators of the list by adding their email addresses to the Moderators= box in the Administrators tab. If you want an Editor to be able to bypass moderation, but not receive moderation requests themselves, set them as an Editor but not a Moderator.

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Keywords:Editor, limit, moderator, prevent messages manage owner managing   Doc ID:77146
Owner:TSS Support Services .Group:Northwestern
Created:2017-10-03 12:19 CSTUpdated:2018-03-14 11:03 CST
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