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Nevis Mailing-List Server Help Page

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I tried to send a message to a mailing list and I couldn't. What's the matter?

I tried to see a list of the subscribers to a mailing list and I couldn't. What's the matter?

I tried to look at the archives of messages posted to the list and I couldn't. What's the matter?

Only the subscribers to a given mailing list can do these things. Also see the information section below.

I am a subscriber to one of the lists, and I tried to do one of the things in the previous question(s). I got a message about a password. What's my password?

Click on the name of the list on the mailing-list information page, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your e-mail address, and click on the "Unsubscribe or edit options" button. On the next page, click on the "Remind" near the bottom of the page. Your password will be e-mailed to you.

Why wasn't I told my password in the first place?

The blunt answer is: Up until now, most users haven't cared. The mailing-list administrator created and maintained the lists, and no one ever asked to be removed from them (though occasionally they'd ask to be added).

When this mailing-list server was set up, I "mass subscribed" the relevant users to their respective lists, and continue to add new members in the same way. If I had set up notifications, users would have been flooded with e-mails requests for verifications and passwords, and most would not have cared. I decided I'd rather inconvenience just a few people instead of sending masses of e-mails to many.

 

I received messages from a list all the time, but when I tried sending a message to it, nothing happened.

The most likely reason for this is that you forward your mail from

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I tried to send a message to a mailing list and I couldn't. What's the matter?

I tried to see a list of the subscribers to a mailing list and I couldn't. What's the matter?

I tried to look at the archives of messages posted to the list and I couldn't. What's the matter?

Only the subscribers to a given mailing list can do these things. Also see the information section below.

I am a subscriber to one of the lists, and I tried to do one of the things in the previous question(s). I got a message about a password. What's my password?

Click on the name of the list on the mailing-list information page, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your e-mail address, and click on the "Unsubscribe or edit options" button. On the next page, click on the "Remind" near the bottom of the page. Your password will be e-mailed to you.

Why wasn't I told my password in the first place?

The blunt answer is: Up until now, most users haven't cared. The mailing-list administrator created and maintained the lists, and no one ever asked to be removed from them (though occasionally they'd ask to be added).

When this mailing-list server was set up, I "mass subscribed" the relevant users to their respective lists, and continue to add new members in the same way. If I had set up notifications, users would have been flooded with e-mails requests for verifications and passwords, and most would not have cared. I decided I'd rather inconvenience just a few people instead of sending masses of e-mails to many.

 

Subscribing and unsubscribing

I work for Columbia University or Nevis Labs, or I'm affiliated with the research that takes place there, and I should be on one of the lists.

 
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