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How do I ensure that a message was posted by my subscriber and not a spammer?

A spammer may spoof your subscriber's email address, and post a message to your list without the subscriber's knowledge.

You can prevent this by turning on a feature called Self Moderation. Each time a subscriber posts a message to your list, they are sent an email with a link. Once they click the link, the message is posted.

This feature can be used two different ways:

  • Automatic Option
    Our system automatically sends confirmation emails to subscribers who have not posted recently.
  • Manual Option
    Add specific subscriber email addresses to be protected.
    (Use this option when only certain subscribers are having spam issues.)

Use the Web Interface to Change Settings

Log into your mail-list account at https://database.mail-list.com.

  • Click Customize Your List
  • Click Miscellaneous Settings.
  • Click Have Subscribers Moderate Their Own Messages.

Automatic Option

  • Click Auto.
  • Click Save.
For the Automatic version

Manual Option

  • Click Yes.
  • Click Save.
For the Manual version, select "Yes" and save your settings.

Add Subscribers for Self Moderation

Log into your mail-list account at https://database.mail-list.com.

  • Click Manage Subscribers.
  • Click Special Handling for Subscribers.
  • Enter Subscriber email addresses.
  • Select Add to Self Moderation Mode.
  • Choose email for confirmation.
  • Click Special Handling for Subscribers.
Click on "Manage Subscribers" at https://database.mail-list.com:

Example Email - Subscriber under Self Moderation

When a subscriber under self moderation posts a message, they will receive an email similar to the example shown below.

The subscriber needs to simply hit Reply and Send to post the message to the list.

When a subscriber under self moderation posts a message, they will receive back an email like this: