Mailman User's Guide
User's Guide for List Subscribers
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University for Women
Office of Network Operations
Mississippi University for Women has adopted the GNU
Mailman mailing list manager program. Mailman is a web-based program that allows
the university to more effectively use e-mail for courses, departmental
communications, and interactions within campus groups and clubs.
This document is intended for users who are members of a
mailing list and who want to get the most out of the system. Computing Services
provides a separate guide for list managers, the persons who "own"
lists and are responsible for their lists maintenance.
What is a mailing list?
A mailing list is simply a list of e-mail addresses of
people that share a common interest in a topic, such as members of the same work
group, or students of a particular class. When a member posts a message to the
list's e-mail address, the e-mail is delievered to all of the members of this
particular list. The key advantage of using a mailing list over things such as
web-based discussion is the delivery of new messages immediately to the
Mailman, the subject of this document, is a program that
will make it easy for you to manage your subscription to any of the mailing
lists available at Mississippi University for Women.
Mailing list terms
Before we look further at Mailman there are some key
terms that you need to get familiar with.
A mailing list is simply a collections of e-mail
addresses. Every mailing list has a list name and a list address.
For example: the mailing list for the course EDU 765 would be named edu765 and
would have the address firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing lists are also referred to
Mailman is actually a Mailing list Manager (MLM).
The mailing list manager is a program that runs on the server and makes it easy
to create or remove lists, add or remove users from lists, make message digests,
and maintain message archives. As a list subscriber you will only be using the
mailing list manager to modify your personal account preferences.
Joining or being added to a list is called subscribing.
Leaving a list is called unsubscribing.
Many Mailman lists will be archived. When a list
is archived, the mailing list manager stores a copy of each message posted on
the list as an archive, which can be easily access at any time from a published
Sometimes mailing lists produce a lot of traffic which
can be a nuisance in your mailbox. One of the options that you may consider is
setting the delivery to a digest mode. If you request digest delivery
then Mailman will store all of the messages that the list receives and sends
them to you bundled together as ONE large message every day.