AISworld Listserv

AIS Listserve Help

  • To subscribe or unsubscribe from the general public lists, click on Public Lists and follow the instructions.
  • If you are already subscribed to a list and would like to change your subscription options, please send an email* to listname-request@lists.aisnet.org with one or more of the command below. Please use the email address that is used for subscription to send email to change options, and leave the subject line empty (blank).

The software that runs the email lists (also known as Listerv lists) is called Mailman. You interact with Mailman through the web interface or by sending commands to the software via email.

For the purposes of this guide, the list that you are addressing will be listname@lists.aisnet.org. Substitute listname with the actual name of your list. For instance, if your list is called mylist, you would send your Mailman command emails to mylist-request@lists.aisnet.org.

To get a list of all the commands available on a particular list, send an email to listname-request@lists.aisnet.org with the word 'help' in the subject line of the email. Commands can appear in the subject line of the email (for single commands), or in the body of the message (for one or more commands.)

Below is a list of all the commands that Mailman understands.

In the description below items contained in []'s are optional. When providing the item, do not include the []'s around it. Parameters in angle brackets ('<>') should be replaced without surrounding angle brackets, i.e. <address> would be substituted with bogus@someemail.com.

It understands the following commands:

Command Explanation
subscribe [address=<address>] Subscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) to listname. You can optionally request digesting of the list in this command.
unsubscribe [address=<address>] Unsubscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) from the list. DO NOT send the admin password for the list!
confirm <CONFIRMATION-STRING> Confirm an action or command. The confirmation string is required, and should be supplied within a MailMan confirmation request.
info Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>
help Retrieve this list of commands
end Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature)


In addition to these email commands, there are some extended email addresses associated with every Mailman list that can be used to join, leave and confirm your subscription to a list.

mylist@lists.aisnet.org This is the address used to send postings to the list.
mylist-join@lists.aisnet.org Sending a message to mylist-join will subscribe you to the list. The subject line and body of the message are ignored.
mylist-leave@lists.aisnet.org Sending a message to mylist-leave will unsubscribe you from the list. The subject line and body of the message are ignored.
mylist-owner@lists.aisnet.org This is the email address to the owner and moderators of the list.

Commands & Examples:

password [oldpassword newpassword]
Retrieve or change your password. With no arguments, this returns your current password. With arguments <oldpassword> and <newpassword> you can change your password.

Example: If you would like to retrieve your password for the AISWorld list, send an email to aisworld-request@lists.aisnet.org with the following in the body:
password
end

If you would like to change your password (say from oldpass to newpass) for the AISWorld list, send an email to aisworld-request@lists.aisnet.org with the following in the body:
password oldpass newpass
end
set authenticate yourpassword
To set any of your options, you must include this command first, along with your membership password.

set digest [on-off]
To receive list mail batched in a daily digest or receive mail immediately when they are posted. 

Example: If you would like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest for the AISWorld list, send an email to aisworld-request@lists.aisnet.org with the following in the body:
set authenticate mypassword
set digest on
end