Mailing lists

Mailing lists

Summary: IT Services manages a large number of college-wide mailing lists using LISTSERV. New lists can be created by filling in a form. These lists are completely separate from those maintained within Microsoft Exchange.

Primary users of this service: Staff, Researchers, Student

Who to contact to use this service: Peter Flynn | E: epu@ucc.ie | T: +353 21 490 2609 | IT Services |

Contact to discuss this service: Peter Flynn | E: pflynn@ucc.ie | T: +353 21 490 2609 | IT Services |

Strategic Focus: Enabling Infrastructure Services, Research

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Description of the Service

Mailing lists are a tool for group communication. A message sent to a mailing list gets redistributed to everyone subscribed to that list. A list of email addresses can be used in two ways:

  • for discussion, where any subscriber can send a message, and replies get distributed to everyone on the list
  • for notification, where a limited set of addresses can send messages, and replies go back to the sender, not to everyone

LISTSERV was developed in 1984–86 on BITNET, and has been used in UCC since the early 1990s. It is now a commercial product supplied by L-Soft, Inc.

Anyone in UCC can apply to have a list created (use the form), for business, research, academic, or social use. While the List Owner must be in UCC, subscribers to lists may be from anywhere.

LISTSERV provide settings to let an owner set up a list to act as a discussion list or a notification list, with or without keeping an archive of messages; and lists can allow or deny attachments.

Use the request form to request a new list (only accessible from within UCC). All lists must have at least one named UCC owner (you).

If this is your first time using UCC's LISTSERV, you will need to register as an owner (you can do this now or later when your list is created).

Details of how to join, leave, and manage your lists will be sent to you when your list is set up.

If you want to run a list with wider (national or international) application, especially where a UCC address would be inappropriate, please use the HEAnet LISTSERV. Contact the Electronic Publishing Unit for more information about how to fill in their form.

To join (subscribe to) a mailing list via the web interface to LISTSERV:

  1. make sure you have set yourself a LISTSERV password
  2. log in to the LISTSERV web site
  3. click on the list you want to join
  4. click on the link that says "Join or leave"

You can also subscribe to a list by email (quicker):

(replacing listname with the name of the list you want to join -- see the List of Lists).

If you have problems with a list:

(replacing listname with the name of the list -- see the List of Lists).

To leave (unsubscribe from) a mailing list:

  1. make sure you have set yourself a LISTSERV password
  2. log in to the LISTSERV web site
  3. click on the list you want to leave
  4. click on the link that says "Join or leave".

You can also unsubscribe from a list by email (quicker):

(replacing listname with the name of the list you want to leave -- see the List of Lists).

If you have problems with a list:

(replacing listname with the name of the list -- see the List of Lists).

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