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Guide For List Subscribers

How to find out what lists are available

To find out what mailing lists are available at the University of Miami, send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU, with the following command:

LIST

You will receive a message from the mailing list server with the names of the lists available on the server. You can only see the names of the lists that are marked as "non-confidential lists". Lists marked as "confidential lists" will not show on the message. Note that you may not be able to subscribe to some of these lists since they may be marked as "closed lists". That is, lists where only the owner of the list can add subscribers to it.

 

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How to join a mailing list

Given the list name, joining a mailing list at the University of Miami is very easy. You need to send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU, with the following command:

SUBSCRIBE listname Full Name

...where listname is the name of the list that you wish to subscribe, and Full Name is the First Name and Last Name of the user. For example, if your name is John Smith and wish to subscribe to a list called SAMPLE-L, you send the following command:

SUBSCRIBE SAMPLE-L John Smith

Depending on how the list is setup, you may receive a message like the one below:

Your command:

SUBSCRIBE SAMPLE-L John Smith

has been received. You must now reply to this message (as explained below) to complete your subscription. The purpose of this confirmation procedure is to check that the address LISTSERV is about to add to the list for your subscription is reachable. This is a typical procedure for high-volume lists and all new subscribers are subjected to it - you are not being singled out. Every effort has been made to make this verification as simple and painless as possible. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

To confirm the execution of your command, simply reply to the present message and type "ok" (without the quotes) as the text of your message. Just the word "ok" - do not retype the command. This procedure will work with any mail program that fully conforms to the Internet standards for electronic mail. If you receive an error message, try sending a new message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU (without using the "reply" function - this is very important) and type "ok 0AFE1F" as the text of your message.

Finally, your command will be cancelled automatically if you do not confirm it within 48h. After that time, you must start over and resend the command to get a new confirmation code. If you change your mind and decide that you do NOT want to confirm the command, simply discard the present message and let the command expire on its own.

 

This message confirms the e-mail address you used to subscribe to the list is valid. To confirm the message you sent originated from you, simply reply to the message above and type "OK" (without the quotes) in the text of your message.

Some lists are setup so that only the owner of the list can subscribe users to the list. If this is the case with the list that you are trying to subscribe, you may receive a message like the one below:

Your request to join the SAMPLE-L list has been forwarded to the list owner for approval. If you have any question about the list, you can reach the list owner at SAMPLE-L-request@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU.

Once the owner of the list approves your subscription, the mailing list server will notify you.

 

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How to send mail to a list

Once you are subscribed to a list, all you need to do to post a new message to the list is to address it to the list address. The list address is the name of the list, followed by @LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU. For example, if the name of the list is SAMPLE-L, then the list address is SAMPLE-L@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU. Depending on how the list is setup, you may receive a message like the one below:

The SAMPLE-L list has been configured to request explicit confirmation of all messages posted to the list, for security reasons. You must now confirm that the message enclosed below did originate from you. To do so, simply reply to the present message and type "OK" (without the quotes) in the text of your message. If this does not work, or if the message did NOT originate from you, contact the list owner for assistance.

To confirm that the message you sent originated from you, simply reply to the message above and type "OK" (without the quotes) in the text of your message.

Some lists are setup so that only the editor of the list can post messages directly to the list. If this is the case with the list that you are sending a message to, you may receive a message like the one below:

Your message dated Fri, 09 Oct 1998 16:52:04 -0400 (EDT) with subject "testing before friday" has been submitted to the moderators of the SAMPLE-L list.

Once the editor of the list approves your message, the message will be distributed to all the subscribers of the list. If the list is setup so that the original sender of a message gets a copy back (the default), then you will receive a copy of your message in your mailbox.

 

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How to leave a mailing list

You can leave a list at anytime by sending a SIGNOFF command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU:

UNSUBSCRIBE listname

…where listname is the name of the list to which you are subscribed.

 

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Additional Resources

The complete online LISTSERV documentation from L-Soft Support is available from the Web site http://www.lsoft.com/manuals/index.html.

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