New Web Interface
Mailman 3 comes with a new architecture which allows for a separation between the web user interface (WUI) and the mailing list engine. In fact, you can run Mailman 3 with no WUI at all, or integration Mailman 3 with the rest of your web site by accessing the REST admin interface.
For standalone systems, we want to develop and ship our own updated WUI. The original Mailman 2 user interface was designed in the late 1990's so it's clearly dated, and the technology backing it is ancient, inflexible and non-standard. Today, there are tons of great Python-based web frameworks, and of course
Here are some Web UI Mockups.
Here then are some guidelines, historical notes about previous attempts to update the Mailman WUI can be found here.
To make suggestions the developers should consider when creating and designing the UI, please visit this page.
Please add your name to this list if you are interested in helping out!
- Barry Warsaw
- Patrick Ben Koetter
- Terri Oda
- Anna Granudd
- Florian Fuchs
- Claudia Fleiner
- Toshio Kuratomi
- Modern, easy to use web user interface for users, list admins, and site admins.
- Progressive enhancement; i.e. can use
- WUI templates must support internationalization by allowing us to mark up translatable texts for inclusion in the
gettextcatalog. Technology must integrate with Python's
gettextmodule and/or Mailman's i18n infrastructure.
- WUI template system must be Python-based (framework TBD) and GPLv3 compatible.
Exactly which templating system we'll choose is Django. A couple of thoughts though:
- It would be nice to use the same templating system in the WUI and core engine. I'd like to be able to use templates for all email that Mailman sends
- It should be friendly to Internationalization. Meaning it should be possible to extract texts from templates and add them to a gettext catalog.
- Of course, written in Python
Status updates on the development can be found and discussed here.
Wish List / Random Ideas
- "moderate_all" option for admins: "Consider an admin that is reviewing a bunch of bounces/spam, etc. It might be handy for him to have some buttons to freeze the list (eg. moderate-all) in that context without having to navigate over to a different section to set that flag." (wacky via irc)
- showing the Log in the WUI (C Nulk via Mailinglist)
- allowing a user 'to be on vacation' (wacky via IRC)