What is Mailman?

Mailman is a mailing list manager — software for managing electronic discussion lists and electronic newsletters. Mailing list managers take most of the tedium out of maintaining and sending to electronic mailing lists by providing a single email address for each list, by facilitating list maintenance and by automatically dealing with many non–delivery errors. The characteristics of each list can be set separately. For example, some lists may be configured for announcements, in which only one or two people can send to the list. Another list may be created for discussion, in which everyone can send to the list. You may be familiar with other mailing list managers such as Majordomo and Listserv. Why Mailman?

Getting to the Mailman web interface

Public vs. private lists

As the name implies, private lists are intended to remain out of the public eye. This means that, among other things, the mailing list will not be in the list of public mailing lists. Additionally, the archives of private lists are only available to subscribers.

Users can manage their Mailman accounts/subscriptions via Mailman's web interface. Some mailing list managers require users to send specially formatted email commands to a specific administrative email address to make changes to their subscriptions. And although Mailman user accounts can be managed via email, the web interface provided by Mailman greatly simplifies account management.

Links to the web interface for public lists can be found here: http://lists.tsl.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo. Clicking on the name of a list in the "Lists" column will take you to the web interface for that list.

Alternatively, the address for each list's web interface can be figured out from the name of the list. This is the only way to determine the address of the web interface for private lists. Replacing <list-name> with the name of the list, the URL for the web interface would be: http://lists.tsl.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/<list-name> For example, if the list we were interested in were named mylist, the address for the administrative interface would be: http://lists.tsl.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/mylist If you are unsure of the exact name of the list, look at the email address to which you send list postings. The name of the list is everything before @lists.tsl.state.tx.us.

Subscribing to a mailing list

Like most Mailman tasks, subscribing to a mailing list can be done via the web interface or by sending properly formatted email commands to a specific address. It is recommended that you use the web interface. Instructions for subscribing via email are also available.

On the web interface (see Getting to the Mailman web interface) just read the instructions under the heading "Subscribing to <list-name>" and fill out the form.

Finding your list password

Each mailing list subscription has a password associated with it. You'll need this password to make any changes to your subscription. These changes could be setting a subscription to be digest only, unsubscribing, changing the address under which you are subscribed, changing your password, etc. Three ways to find your list password are:

Unsubscribing from a mailing list

Like most Mailman tasks, unsubscribing from a mailing list can be done via the web interface or by sending properly formatted email commands to a specific address. It is recommended that you use the web interface. Instructions for unsubscribing via email are also available.

To unsubscribe via the web interface (see Getting to the Mailman web interface):

Viewing the list archives

Every message successfully posted to a mailing list is automatically archived by Mailman. These archives are available on the web. A link a mailing list's archives can be found the list's web interface (see Getting to the Mailman web interface). Under the heading "About <list-name>" is a link to the archives of the list.

Alternatively, the address for each list's archives can be figured out from the name of the list. Replacing <list-name> with the name of the list, the URL for the archives would be: http://lists.tsl.state.tx.us/pipermail/<list-name>

For example, if we wanted to view the archives for a list named mylist, the address would be: http://lists.tsl.state.tx.us/pipermail/mylist

Getting more help

Subscribers are encouraged to become familiar with Mailman's web interface (see Getting to the Mailman web interface). Additionally, each list has a list administrator that may be of assistance.

The email address of the list administrator can be derived from the name of the list. Replacing <list-name> with the name of the list, the address is: <list-name>-owner@lists.tsl.state.tx.us. For example, if the name of the list is mylist, the address of the list administrator would be mylist-owner@lists.tsl.state.tx.us.

Lastly, you are welcome to contact the Mailman administrator at mailman-owner@lists.tsl.state.tx.us.