LISTSERV User’s Guide

LISTSERV, a trademark licensed to L-Soft International, Inc., provides a means of engaging multiple individuals in group discussions either within the University or globally via the Internet. The discussions are sent to all list subscribers via email. Information Technology Services administers a LISTSERV for URI, which hosts mailing lists on a variety of topics. Some lists are open to the public, others are private. LISTSERV can be accessed via the Web or via email.

URI faculty, staff, and officers of recognized student organizations are eligible to become LISTSERV mailing list owners. For details and to apply, go to LISTSERV Mailing List Owner Instructions and Application.

Below are instructions for subscribing to a public mailing list hosted on URI’s LISTSERV and using other LISTSERV features for both Web and email users. Subscription to a private list is restricted; contact the list owner if you wish to join.

WEB-BASED INSTRUCTIONS

  • Web-based instructions are available for those lists which are periodically archived. If your lists are not archived, use the email instructions.

    To proceed, you need a LISTSERV password. To obtain a new or replacement password if you have forgotten yours, follow the steps below.

    1. Go to http://listserv.uri.edu.
    2. Click get new LISTSERV password to register.
    3. Use the same email address that you use as a list owner.
    4. After you have registered, LISTSERV will send confirmation of your registration to your email address.
    5. Go to your Inbox to receive the confirmation and then follow the instructions in the email message.
    1. Go to http://listserv.uri.edu.
    2. Click the Online Mailing List Archives.
    3. Scroll to browse the available lists.
    4. Click the list you would like to join or leave.
    5. Click the Join or Leave the List (or Change Settings) option. You cannot join a private list on your own; only the list owner can add you to a private list.
    6. A screen will appear, allowing you to join or leave the list. Click login with your LISTSERV password.
    7. Enter your email address and your LISTSERV password, and click login.
    8. Click the appropriate Join List or Leave List button.
  • Send a NOMAIL request to the mailing list if you don’t want to fill up your mailbox during an extended absence. You will continue to be subscribed to the list. Send a MAIL request when you are ready to receive email from the mailing list again.

    To do this:

    1. Go to http://listserv.uri.edu.
    2. Click the Online Mailing List Archives.
    3. Scroll to browse the available lists.
    4. Click the list to which you would like to make the change.
    5. Click the Join or Leave the List (or Change Settings) option.
    6. Click login with your LISTSERV password.
    7. Enter your email address and your LISTSERV password, and click login.
    8. Check the Mail delivery disabled temporarily (NOMAIL) option in Miscellaneous.
    9. Click the Update option.
    10. To resume the MAIL option, follow the above steps, but in step 8, uncheck the Mail delivery disabled temporarily (NOMAIL) option in Miscellaneous.
  • Many mailing lists are periodically archived. If you have deleted messages from a list or have missed messages because the NOMAIL option was set, you may retrieve the information via the archives.

    To do so:

    1. Go to http://listserv.uri.edu.
    2. Click the Online Mailing List Archives.
    3. Click the list of your interest. A list of archives will be displayed in pre-specified increments set up by the list owner.
    4. If it is a public list archive, click on the archive of your interest, and read on.
    5. If it is a private list archive, you need to be a subscriber to be able to read the information. You will be prompted for your email address and a LISTSERV password. Click login and proceed.
  • If you would like to join one of the many public lists that are not administered by URI, follow the instructions below.

    1. Go to http://listserv.uri.edu.
    2. Click Catalist, the official catalog of the public LISTSERV link.
    3. Scroll down the page and use the Search feature available under List Information.
    4. Enter your search keyword and click Start the Search. A list of mailing lists matching the search keyword will be displayed.
    5. Click on the list you want to join and follow the instructions on the page.
    6. Clicking Take a Look at List Configuration will show you the list configuration as it was set up by the list owner. Scroll down the page to browse the archives and use other online tools to join, leave, or adjust settings.

EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS

  • You can join URI’s public lists by sending an email message to listserv@listserv.uri.edu with the following command in the body of the email: SUBscribe listname your_name

    For example, to join the public TECHNEWS list, John Doe would send the following e-mail message to listserv@listserv.uri.edu: SUBscribe TECHNEWS John Doe

  • You can leave URI’s public lists by sending an email message to listserv@listserv.uri.edu with the following command in the body of the email: UNSUBscribe listname

    For example, to leave the public TECHNEWS list, John Doe would send the following email message to listserv@listserv.uri.edu: UNSUBscribe TECHNEWS

  • To post to a list, send an email message to listname@listserv.uri.edu. For example, to post to the TECHNEWS list, send your email message to: technews@listserv.uri.edu

  • Send a NOMAIL request to the mailing list if you don’t want to fill up your mailbox during an extended absence. You will continue be subscribed to the list. Send a MAIL request when you are ready to receive email from the mailing list again.

    To do this, send an email message to listserv@listserv.uri.edu – not to the mailing list – with the following command in the body of the email:

    SET list name NOMAIL to stop email from the list
    SET list name MAIL to resume email from the list

    For example:
    SET TECHNEWS NOMAIL to stop email from TECHNEWS.
    SET TECHNEWS MAIL to resume email from TECHNEWS.