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    Mailing Lists-Manager's Guide





    GNU/Mailman Administrator Quick Reference

    GNU Mailman: List Manager's Quick Reference Card

    This document is intended to serve as a quick reference guide for mail list managers. It will briefly outline some of the more common tasks that are assigned to persons who "own" a list, normally a novice list administrator who only needs to know about a few of Mailman's features.

    Accessing your list management screen.

    When your list was created and you were designated the "owner" by the system administrator you should have received a welcome note informing you that your list was active, telling you the URL to visit for administrative functions, and informing you of your password.

    If you did not keep this note, you should be able to find your list's administrative features by going to

    http://lists.muw.edu/mailman/admin/YourListName

    The screen that you access will prompt you for your list administrator's password. Enter it in the blank and then click the button to access your administration screen. If you do not know the password for your list then you will need to contact the system administrator to have it reset.

    Changing maximum message size

    Mailman places a limit on the size of message that it will deliver to prevent large messages from disrupting the list server of user mailboxes. In some cases the default value may not be large enough to allow messages and file attachments to pass through in a manner suitable for your list's purpose. To change the limit:

    • Access your list management screen.
    • In the General Options section, near the bottom, locate the field for "Maximum length in Kb of a message body" field. Change the limit to something suitable, or enter 0 for no size limit.
    • Click the "Submit your changes" button at the bottom of the screen to put the changes into effect.

    Removing a user from a list

    Mailman allows the list manager to remove an individual from their mail list, but the method is not entirely intuitive.

    • Access your list management screen.
    • In the Membership Management section, find the line with the e-mail address of the individual that you would like to remove.
    • The check mark in the first column by their address, labeled "subscr" indicates that they are subscribed to your list. Uncheck the box by the address that you would like to remove.
    • Click the "Submit your changes" button at the bottom of the screen to put the changes into effect.

    Add a member to your list

    Mailman allows a list manager to add people for their mail list, but the method is not intuitively named.

    • Access your list management screen.
    • In the Membership Management section, scroll down to the area labeled "Mass Subscribe Users."
    • Type the address of the individual that you would like to add into the text box. If you would like to add more than one person, enter each address on a separate line.
    • If you would like to send a welcome message to the new members then make sure that the "yes" button is checked. This will send the new members their password and list configuration instructions.
    • Click the "Submit your changes" button at the bottom of the screen to put the changes into effect.

    Note: Network etiquette generally frowns on opt-out lists -- adding unsuspecting persons to a list and then telling them that they can leave if they want. Do not use Mailman for unconscionable activities such as sending Spam.

    Keep unwanted persons from joining

    Mailman allows you to prevent persons from joining your list without explicit approval of the administrator. To activate this feature:

    • Access your list management screen.
    • In the Privacy Options section look at the second field, labeled "what steps are required for subscription."
    • Set the option to "require approval" or "confirm+approval" and click the "Submit your changes" button at the bottom of the screen.

    Future subscription requests will cause Mailman to send you an e-mail message telling you that someone has tried to join your list. Go to the URL in the message and then use the on-screen form to accept or reject their request.


    GNU/Mailman Documentation
    1999, 2000 Christopher Kolar and Aurora University
    ckolar@admin.aurora.edu
    Modified by Marco Obaid 01/22/2002









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    Published on: 2002-01-19 (11397 reads)

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