Listserve FAQS

1.How can I add someone to the list to give them permissions to post to the listserve but not to recieve emails?

 Quiet command? Secondary list owners fall into two categories:

Quiet and non-Quiet. •

 Non-Quiet list owners receive mail sent to the listname-request address, and will receive error messages if Errors-To= Owners.

• Quiet list owners will never receive delivery errors or other administrative mail from LISTSERV. Here is a sample list header excerpt for a list with all three types of list owners defined:

 * Owner= NATHAN@EXAMPLE.COM (Nathan Brindle)

 * Owner= nathan@linus.example.com

* Owner= Quiet:

 * Owner= ncbnet@linus.example.com,cheng@linus.example.com

 Figure 2.4. Example: How to define list owners in the list header file. Note that all list owners defined after the * Owner= Quiet: line will be quiet list owners. You can define multiple owners on a single line by separating them with a comma. Note that if you put "Quiet:" on a line with list owner userids, you must place a comma after "Quiet:", e.g. * Owner= Quiet:,ncbnet@linus.example.com,cheng@linus.example.com There must always be at least one non-quiet list owner. Otherwise LISTSERV sends all error messages and other administrative mail to the LISTSERV maintainer by default.

Learning listserv commands


Summary:  Learn how to use listserv commands to get more information on a listserv. For example, to get a summary of common listserv commands, use the HELP listserver command.
The following table lists and describes a few of the most common listserv commands:

Use this listserv command... To...
GET Get files that are associated with a listserv. Learn how to use the GET command.

Note: To find out if a listserv has any files associated with it, use the INDEX command.
 
HELP Get a summary of common listserv commands. Learn how to use the HELP command.
INDEX Find out if a listserv has any files associated with it. Learn how to use the INDEX command.

Many listserv owners keep archives of files associated with a listserv. These may include:
- back issues of the listserv
- help files, user profiles, and other documents associated with the listserv
- daily, monthly, or yearly archives for the listserv
To retrieve any of these files, use the GET command.
 
INFO Get general introductory information about a particular listserv. Learn how to use the INFO command.
INTRO Get the introductory message sent to new users for a listserv. Learn how to use the INTRO command.
LISTS Get a list of all the publicly available listservs maintained at BC. Learn how to use the LISTS command.
MAIL Start getting email again from the listserv mailing list after using the NO MAIL command. Learn how to use the MAIL command.
NO MAIL Temporarily stop getting email from the listserv mailing list. This command is helpful if you are going to be out of town or just want to stop the listserv messages for a while. Learn how to use the NO MAIL command. Note: When you want to get listserv email again, use the MAIL command.
SUBSCRIBE Subscribe yourself to a listserv. Learn how to use the SUBSCRIBE command.
UNSUBSCRIBE Unsubscribe yourself from a listserv. Learn how to use the UNSUBSCRIBE command.
WHICH Find the listservs to which your email address is subscribed. Learn how to use the WHICH command.
WHO Get a list of all the email addresses subscribed to the listserv. Learn how to use the WHO command.
Note:
- If the listserv is Closed, the WHO command is disabled, even if you are subscribed to the listserv. Only listserv owners with a valid listserv owner password can see who is on the listserv.
- If the listserv is List, only those subscribed to the listserv can use this command to see who is on the listserv.
- If the listserv is Open, anyone can use this command to see who is on the listserv.
 

Note: Boston College listservs do not support the DIGEST or ARCHIVE command.

Using the HELP, LISTS, or WHICH commands
To use the HELP, LISTS, or WHICH commands:

Log in to the email account where you receive messages from the listserv.
Compose an email to: majordomo@listserv.bc.edu
Leave the subject of the email empty.
In the body of the message, enter the listserv command you want to use.
For example: To use the HELP command , type the word "help" in the body of your message (refer to Figure 1).
Note: You can use more than one command in the same message. Just place the commands on separate lines in the message body.

Figure 1.

Remove any other text from the body of the message (such as your signature file).
Send the email.
Within a few minutes, you receive a response from the listserv.
Using the GET, INDEX, INFO, INTRO, MAIL, NO MAIL, or WHO commands
To use the GET, INDEX, INFO, INTRO, MAIL, NO MAIL, or WHO commands:

Log in to the email account where you receive messages from the listserv.
Compose an email to: majordomo@listserv.bc.edu
Leave the subject of the email empty.
In the body of the message, enter the listserv command you want to use and then the name of the listserv.
For example: To use the INFO command for a listserv called "demo-list," in the body of your message, type (refer to Figure 2): info demo-list
Note: You can use more than one command in the same message. Just place the commands on separate lines in the message body.

Figure 2.

If you are using the "GET" command, enter the archive filename(s) after the listserv name.
For example: To retrieve the files called "profile.doc" and "demo-list9611.doc," put the following lines in the body of your message (refer to Figure 3):
get demo-list profile.doc
get demo-list demo-list9611.doc

Figure 3.

Remove any other text from the body of the message (such as your signature file).
Send the email.
Within a few minutes, you receive a response from the listserv.