5.1 How do I join a list? (subscribe)

There are two common ways you can subscribe to a Mailman mailing list.

Using the web interface:

  1. Go to the list information page for the list you want to join. (This will probably be something like http://WEBSERVER/mailman/listinfo/LISTNAME)
  2. Look for the section marked ``Subscribing to LISTNAME'' and fill in the boxes. You can fill in the following:
  3. Press the subscribe button. A new page should appear telling you that your subscription request has been received. This page will provide you with further instructions, such as the need to wait for and reply to a confirmation messages, depending on the list's subscription policies.

Using the email interface:

  1. Open a mail program which sends mail from the address you want to subscribe.
  2. Send a mail to the list subscription address, which will be in the form . The subject and body of the message will be ignored, so it doesn't matter what you put there.

After following one of these sets of instructions (you don't need to do both!), there are a few possible outcomes depending upon the settings for that list.

Once this is done, you will likely receive another message welcoming you to the list. This message contains some useful information including your list password and some quick links for changing your options, so you may want to save it for later reference.

Note: Subscribing can be done in other ways as well. See Appendix A for more advanced email subscribing commands.