BETA Adrian Pepper's Simple Quick-Start Guide to Using Mailman Lists

How to use this page

View this page as https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/Main/AdrianPepperMailmanSimpleUseBeta?mmlist=LISTNAME but replace the word LISTNAME with the actual page name for your list. (Perhaps you have already done that...)


The only the links you likely need

You will probably find it convenient to create a page, or set of browser bookmarks, containing the links mentioned here. The first time you click on one of these administrator pages for a particular list, you will need to give the password.

Note where the page name for your list, list-name-parameter appears in the URLs.

Add some members

Go to

Put your list of address in the first large box, or use the nearby gadget to select a file on your computer. Note the options above the box, set to defaults specific to the sample list. You can change them, one-time, for the current submission.

Click "Submit Your Changes" and pay some attention to the resulting page, checking that all address were added successfully.

Remove some members

If you have a complete and accurate list of the exact email addresses you wish to remove, you can use

Put your list of address in the first large box, or use the nearby gadget to select a file on your computer. Note the options above the box, set to defaults specific to your list. You can change them, one-time, for the current submission.

Click "Submit Your Changes" and pay some attention to the resulting page, checking that all address were removed successfully.

However, if you have only a few members to remove, it may be easier to simply go to

and select (using the box in the first column (labelled " unsub ") the members you wish for removal. Click "Submit Your Changes" and try to verify your result. For example, you might look at the total number of members near the top of the page to make sure it is what you expect.

Review Membership Status

As described previously, you can view the entire membership of the sample list at.

Notes:

  1. There is no way to add members on the members list page.
  2. There is no way to change the order the members are listed in.
  3. There is no way to add extra comments about the members.
  4. It is not possible to simply change the email address for a member.
  5. The members list page allows you to make changes to the members' status (perhaps accidentally). There is no alternate ("safe") way in the web interface to view the same information.



Getting More Complicated

Perhaps you are interested in doing other configuration of the list.

Archives

You can view options dealing with archiving, including whether-or-not you keep archives at all, on the following page.

Make sure the archive is public only if desired, otherwise ensure it is private.

View your archives at

Tending to Moderator Requests

At least one administrator should periodically check

and attempt to handle any pending requests which might be there.

I was actually hoping to find a link to someone else's description to put here. But, in fact, it looks like nearly all tutorials gloss over this job. I should probably develop this section by first grabbing some screen shots.


-- AdrianPepper - 2013-11-13

Topic revision: r4 - 2013-12-10 - AdrianPepper
 
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