- IDs & Accounts
- Networks / Telephones
- Academic Services
- Information Security
- Web Services
- Bobcat Depot
- OIT Projects
- About OIT
On This Page
Mailman is a Web-based mail list manager. With an email distribution list, you can send an email message to a single address and have it automatically distributed to any number of predetermined addresses.
Mailman allows list owners to create and modify lists easily as well as add and remove subscribers without having to know specific commands. List subscribers can easily modify their list subscriptions and preferences.
You may request that a new Mailman list be created for you on this form. Or send an email to email@example.com from your university address. Include a preferred list name (32 characters maximum, no spaces). Mailman lists may take up to two business days to be created.
Electronic mailing lists (also known as distribution lists or discussion groups) offer a highly efficient way to both disseminate information to a large number of people and hold long-distance discussions among many people. They are commonly used by Ohio students, faculty, and staff to communicate.
Setting up a Mailman list gives you an email address of the form
For more information see:
A description of Mailman published by the Mailman vendor
Mailing lists may be set to be public or private by the list owner. Here is the web page that shows all public lists at Ohio University: http://listserv.ohio.edu/mailman/listinfo/
With Mailman, you can be a list subscriber, list owner, or list moderator. You also may take on multiple roles for a list or different roles for different lists. In addition, the Mailman list server at Ohio University has a system administrator.
When a message is to be distributed to the subscribers of a Mailman list, it must be addressed to the list's address. For example, to post to a list called ohiosports, you send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All lists on the Mailman server at Ohio have email addresses of the form
Messages sent to these addresses first go to the Mailman server. Mailman receives the message and processes it, checking for errors and following the rules established by the list owners. If a message is valid, a copy is forwarded to each of the list's subscribers.
where listname is replaced with the actual name of the list. For Example, if a subscriber wanted to change his subscription options for the ohiosports list, he would go to
To learn more, go to the Mailman Subscribers' Guide.
where again listname is replaced with the actual name of the list.
The Mailman Owners and Moderators' Guide provides additional information.
when there are subscription requests or messages to be moderated.
List owners should use their Mailman password to authenticate to the administration and moderation pages. Each of those pages will have a "log in" link to allow access. For more information on owner- and moderator-specific tasks, see the Mailman Owners and Moderators' Guide.
You can find answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions not answered on that page, please send email to email@example.com
Mailman was developed by GNU. You can find more information about it on the vendor's site.
These online reference materials are based closely on those created by the University of Washington, as found on their site at Mailman Lists at the UW. Used by permission.