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LISTSERV Mailing List Request

Use this form to request a new mailing list to be set up for SLAC business-use only. Certain non-SLAC lists will be allowed subject to the permission of Mail-Admin

Mailing lists are used to reach many people and you should not assume they are using the same email client you are. For this reason you should only send plain text email to mailing lists.

There are a few list types to choose from. Please read about them and choose the one closest to your needs and fill in the other required fields below. Finally, if you have any additional instructions you can type them in the open field. Things you might enter here are who can post to an Announcement list as they are usually quite restricted. This field is also where you may tell us that the list membership should be controlled by a SQL query.

Common List Types

    List Name (must include a dash - no spaces allowed. 25 char limit)
    Short Description (One-line meaningful description of your list)
    Email Address of List Owner
    List Owner's Name
    Type of List Announcement Public Discussion List Private Discussion List Moderated Discussion List
    Access to List Archives No Archives Private (Subscribers Only) SLAC Authenticated Users Public (World)
    List Name Confidentiality Visible on our LISTSERV webpage Hidden
    Longer List Description
    Alternate Recipients Visible? Yes No
    Subject Tag? Yes No
    Additional Instructions.
    Owner will add the members to list after it is created.

    Please Note: List creation is done manually by the mail-admin team. Your list should be set up within 3 working days and the List Owner will receive email notification when this is done.


    Field Input Help
    • Listname (Lists normally have dashes in their names for easy identification as a mailing list. No spaces allowed)
    • Short Description (One line meaningful description of your list)
    • List Owner's Email Address and Name
    • Type of List:
      • Announcement List: A one-way list used for announcements, newsletters, and similar types of communication. Subscribers are not allowed to post to the list.
      • Public Discussion List: A two-way discussion list, where the list postings are not reviewed by a moderator. Anyone can post to the list directly; there is no moderation or editor.
      • Private Discussion List: A two-way discussion list, where the list postings are not reviewed by a moderator. Subscribers are allowed to post to the list directly; there is no moderation or editor.
      • Moderated Discussion List: A two-way discussion list, where list postings have to be reviewed by a moderator. Subscribers are allowed to post to the list. However, before their postings are distributed to the other subscribers, a moderator (editor) first has to approve them.
    • Archives: Define whether or not you want to archive messages posted to the mailing list. If posted messages are archived, then choose whether the archives will be available to the public (world-readable) or to subscribers only. If archives are chosen there are 3 intervals for folder organization:
      • Weekly archives
      • Monthly archives (Default)
      • Yearly archives
    • Access to List Archives:
      • Private (Subscribers Only)
      • SLAC Authenticated Users
      • Public (World)
    • List Name Confidentiality: Choose whether the name of the list should be visible to all web browsers and users. None of our lists are broadcast to the world-wide list of LISTSERV lists (CataList). (However, if this is something desired by the SLAC Community we would change the setting.) By default all our list names are viewable via anonymous browsers, world-wide. However, you can choose to hide your list so only the list owner and editors would ever see the name of the list when doing LISTSERV list searches. Others could Search for the list if they knew the name. We are unable to restrict the lists to slac-only.
      • SLAC-Only
      • Hidden
    • Longer List Description: We can provide a more descriptive summary of your list to be used when welcoming people into the list. Please provide a multi-line purpose of your list.
    • Alternate Recipients Visible: Do you want your list members to see if anyone else was on TO or CC lines in messages to the list?
      • Yes
      • No
    • Subject Tag: Should the Subject be modified to include the listname in brackets at beginning of Subject?
      • Yes
      • No
    • Additional Instructions: Use this field to let Mail-Admin know anything not noted in the fields above. E.g. who can post to your Announcement list, whether the list membership should be maintained by a SQL query, whether there should be additional Owners for the list, etc.

    Last Updated:10/25/2011
    Teresa Downey