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       moderators - Submission addresses for moderated groups


       When an unapproved article is posted locally to a moderated newsgroup,
       it is not passed off to innd for normal handling; instead, it is sent
       via e-mail to the submission address for that newsgroup.  The
       submission address is determined using this configuration file.

       The file pathetc/moderators is a list of associations between
       uwildmat(3) patterns matching newsgroups and the submission address for
       those newsgroups.  Blank lines and lines starting with a number sign
       ("#") are ignored.  All other lines should consist of two fields
       separated by a colon:


       The first field is a uwildmat(3) pattern matching the group or groups
       to which this line applies.  The first matching line is used, so more
       specific patterns should be listed before general patterns.

       The second field, the submission address, should be a simple e-mail
       address with one exception:  at most one %s may occur anywhere in the
       address.  If present, it will be replaced by the name of the newsgroup,
       with all periods in the name changed to dashes ("-").  If there is a
       literal "%" in the submission address, it must be written as "%%", even
       if not followed by an "s".

       With the %s syntax, periods are converted to dashes for historical
       reasons, from back in the days when periods in the local part of
       addresses were not always handled correctly.  It’s probably no longer
       necessary, but so much now depends on it that it can’t be easily

       It’s intended that the sample moderators file included in the INN
       distribution always be sufficient for all world-wide newsgroups.  The
       hosts behind have graciously volunteered to handle
       forwarding tasks for all world-wide newsgroups so that individual sites
       don’t have to keep track of the submission addresses for moderated
       groups.  The forwarding database used by is
       coordinated by <>; if you know of a world-
       wide newsgroup hierarchy that is not correctly handled by, please send the details to that address.

       Given that, the only thing you should have to add to the sample file
       under normal circumstances are the forwarding addresses for local or
       limited-distribution moderated groups.

       If this file doesn’t exist, or if a post is made to a moderated group
       that has no matching entry in this file, nnrpd falls back on the value
       of moderatormailer set in inn.conf and, failing that, rejects the post.


       Here is a sample file:


       Using the above file, postings to the moderated newsgroup in the left
       column below will be sent to the address shown in the right column


       Note that periods are changed to dashes and dashes are left alone with
       the %s syntax, so two moderated newsgroups whose names differ only by
       changing a period to a dash would go to the same address.  Such
       newsgroup pairs should therefore not be created.


       Written by Rich $alz <> for InterNetNews.  Rewritten
       in POD by Russ Allbery <>.

       $Id: moderators.pod 8830 2009-11-29 16:49:59Z iulius $


       inn.conf(5), nnrpd(8), uwildmat(3).