Hey team, I know a few of you have been sending messages to a large set of mailing lists lately. I wanted to share a few hints that I’ve picked up over the years. I’m not really sure where else to document this.
- Limit the number of lists you post to at once. Some lists are configured to moderate posts that go to 10+ recipients.
- Don’t bcc lists. This often leads to messages getting held for moderation or outright rejected.
- Post via Hyperkitty for lists you’re not subscribed to. I think messages posted via Hyperkitty will skip moderation for some lists. That may not be the case (particularly if a list is set to moderate all posts, like devel-announce).
- Check to make sure your message got through. If your message was held for moderation, check the archives (for public lists) after a little while to see if it got approved. You won’t be notified. If’s been a day and it still hasn’t gone through, try to find someone who can approve it for you. The moderators vary per-list and aren’t easily discoverable, so you might need to ask around a bit.