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Frequently asked questions for subscribers of a LISTSERV mailing list

For subscribers/members of a LISTSERV mailing list. For FAQs on how to manage or administer a mailing list, see Frequently Asked Questions for owners of a LISTSERV mailing list.

  1. Manage my subscriptions
  2. Send commands to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu
  3. Parts of the command line
  4. Example of message with commands sent to LISTSERV
  5. Find a K-State list to join
  6. Subscribe to a K-State list
  7. Send a message to the list you've joined
  8. Unsubscribe from a K-State list
  9. Change your name on the list, Change your address on the list
  10. Check your mail-delivery settings
  11. Set your mail-delivery options
  12. Contact the list owners
  13. Get a month's log of correspondence
  14. Get a summary of the K-State lists you belong to
  15. Members who want a copy of their own messages to the list

How can I manage my subscriptions to K-State LISTSERV lists?

You can find all the lists you are subscribed to here at K-State by using the LISTSERV web interface.

Click on the "Subscribers Corner" link and sign in (you will have to use your e-mail address and your LISTSERV password - follow the link to get a new one if you have never set one or don't remember it). The table will show all your lists and clicking on any list name will show your options for that list. Note the button that says "Leave " is how you unsubscribe from the list - not how you leave this page! Your page may look different if the list owner has changed it - contact them if you have any questions.

If you'd rather not use the LISTSERV web interface below are commands that you can also email to the LISTSERV software.


Send commands to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu

All commands that affect list membership -- such as joining a list, signing off from a list, checking the list's membership -- must be sent to LISTSERV and not to the mailing list itself. Unless otherwise specified, all commands listed below must be sent to the listserv@listserv.ksu.edu address. So remember, commands get sent to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu, and message postings get sent to your list's address (listID@listserv.ksu.edu).

  1. Start your e-mail program.
  2. Address a mail message to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu. Don't put anything else in the mail header.
  3. In the message text, type the commands you want to use (see below). You may put as many commands as you want in the message, as long as each command is on a separate line.
  4. Erase any signature lines and/or turn off auto-inclusion of your signature file. (LISTSERV treats signature lines as commands and will send error messages saying "unknown command".)

Parts of the command line

    listname = your list's ID (3-15 characters)
    userid@address = a person's e-mail address
    Firstname Lastname = a person's actual name
    options = a person's mail choices such as REPRO, NOMAIL, DIGEST

Example of message with commands sent to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu

                 To      : listserv@listserv.ksu.edu
                 From    : editor@ksu.edu
                 Cc      :
                 Attchmnt:
                 Subject :
                 ----- Message Text -------------------------------------
                 SUB     news-l   Eisenstein Editor
                 GET     news-l   LOG9802
                 QUERY *
                 UNSUB   cns-d
                 REVIEW  ktech-l
            

Find a K-State list to join

Send a message to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu containing this command:

                       LIST
            

LISTSERV will send a message with all the public lists at K-State that anyone may join, as well as any private lists to which you're already subscribed. To join/subscribe to a K-State list, follow the instructions further below.


Subscribe to a K-State list

Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with this command format in the message:

                       SUB listname Your Name
            

Where "listname" is the list's ID and "Your Name" is your real name. Example:   SUB   HIST251B   Jane Doe. You don't have to give your e-mail address, because the LISTSERV software will get it off the "From" line in the e-mail header. LISTSERV will generally send a message asking you to confirm your subscription request, and will then send a notification/welcome message when you've been added to a list. Note that you can subscribe to any open lists on your own. If you try to subscribe to a closed list or to one that has limited subscription, LISTSERV will send a notice with further information.


Send a message to the list you've joined

Send e-mail to the address of the list you've joined. K-State mailing lists have the list's ID followed by @listserv.ksu.edu; an example is hist251b@listserv.ksu.edu. Lists elsewhere will have a format somewhat similar to listname@section.somewhere.edu.


Unsubscribe from a K-State list

Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with this command format in the message:

                       UNSUB listname
            

Where "listname" is the list's ID. Example:   UNSUB   HIST251B
When you sign off from a list, LISTSERV will send a notification message that you've been removed.


Change your name on the list

Sometimes you may discover that although your e-mail address is OK, your name isn't correct. This can be caused by several things, such as someone adding you to a list and typing your name wrong. To fix it, log on to the computer system where you send mail from and send mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with this command format in the message:

                 REGISTER yourname
            

Where "yourname" is the name you want associated with your e-mail address. LISTSERV may ask for confirmation that you really want to change it, and then will make the change. It will make the change on all the mailing lists you subscribe to as well as your other incoming e-mail. You can also contact the IT Help Desk with your request.


Change your address on the list

You'll actually be unsubscribing from your old address and then subscribing again from your new address. You can do this from the LISTSERV web interface or by using the command line instructions provided below.

Command line instructions: First, log on to the computer system where you were sending e-mail and send mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with this command format in the message:

                 UNSUB listname
            

Where "listname" is the list's ID. Example: UNSUB  HIST251B
Then log on to the new system or network that you want to use and send a subscription command from that address to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with the usual subscribe format:

                 SUB listname
            

If you can't log on to your old e-mail account and send mail from there, you'll have to notify the list owner to remove you from the list. If you don't remember the name of the list owner or his/her address, you can send e-mail to listname-REQUEST@listserv.ksu.edu, where "listname" is the list ID of the list that you want to leave. Example: HIST251B-REQUEST@listserv.ksu.edu


Check your mail-delivery settings

You can do this from the LISTSERV web interface or by using the command line instructions provided below.

Command line instructions: Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu using either of the following command formats in the message:

                 QUERY listname
                 QUERY  *
            

Where "listname" is the list's ID. The first command checks your mail settings on a specific list. The latter checks all the lists to which you belong.


Set your mail-delivery options

Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu using any of the following command formats in the message:

                 SET listname NOMAIL
                 SET listname DIGEST
                 SET listname CONCEAL
                 SET listname REPRO
                 SET listname TOPICS: topics
            

Where "listname" is the list's ID. Example: UNSUB  HIST251B. Standard options available include MAIL/NOMAIL, DIGEST/NODIGEST, ACK/NOACK, CONCEAL/NOCONCEAL, REPRO/NOREPRO. For a complete list of options, see the section "Options that may be set" in the online General User's Guide to LISTSERV.


Contact the list owners

To contact the list owners, send e-mail to listname-request@listserv.ksu.edu where "listname" is the list's ID

Example:   hist251b-request@listserv.ksu.edu.


Get a month's log of correspondence

You can do this from the LISTSERV web interface or by using the command line instructions provided below.

Command line instructions: Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with this command format in the message:

                 GET listname LOGyymm
            

Where "listname" is the list's ID and "yymm" is the 4-digit number for the year and month. Example:   GET   HIST251B   LOG9801.


Get a summary of the K-State lists you belong to

You can do this from the LISTSERV web interface or by using the command line instructions provided below.

Command line instructions: Send e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with this command format in the message:

                 QUERY  *
            

This can also show all the K-State lists you own if you're subscribed to the lists you own.


Members who want a copy of their own messages to the list

New list members may be concerned about not receiving incoming copies of messages they sent to the list, and wonder if their message was delivered. K-State's lists are usually set up to spare the member from getting an incoming, duplicate copy, since most e-mail programs store outgoing messages in a "sent-mail" or "outmail" mailbox. Rest assured that your messages are indeed being posted, and that K-State's mailer system will notify you if delivery problems occur.

You can do this from the LISTSERV web interface or by using the command line instructions provided below.

Command line instructions: Members who really want to receive their message again, along with all the other messages, can set that option for themselves by sending e-mail to listserv@listserv.ksu.edu with the following command:

SET listname REPRO

Where "listname" is the name of the list. A copy of the postings will be sent to them each time they send a message to the list. If all the list members want this feature, ask the list owner to add a "repro" option for the entire membership.