Managing Mailing List Mail

If you subscribe to one or more active mailing lists and you are unable to read mail regularly, for example when you are on vacation or attending a conference, your mail file (INBOX) may fill up very quickly with unread mail.

If you won't be reading email for awhile, you can unsubscribe from all mailing lists. If you are subscribed to lists run by LISTSERV® or Listproc software, you can temporarily stop receiving mail from those lists instead of unsubscribing.

  • How to stop mailing list mail

    To unsubscribe from any mailing list or to stop receiving mail temporarily from a LISTSERV® or Listproc list, send the command appropriate for the list type as the only line in the body of an email message to the list server (not to the mailing list itself), as shown in the following table:

    List type Command you send... ... ...to an address like this one
      to unsubscribe
    to stop mail temporarily
     
    LISTSERV® signoff listname set listname nomail listserv@host.domain
    Listproc unsubscribe listname set listname mail postpone listproc@host.domain
    majordomo unsubscribe listname
    (Not available)
    majordomo@host.domain

    In each case, replace listname with the name of the list and @host.domain with address of the list server.

    Note: Many mailing lists have Web interfaces that make it easy to unsubscribe or temporarily disable mail delivery. Just go to the list web page to find the appropriate sections.

  • How to restart mailing list mail

    To receive mail after unsubscribing from any list or temporarily stopping mail from a LISTSERV® or Listproc list, send the command appropriate for the list type as the only line in the body of an email message to the list server (not to the mailing list itself), as shown in the following table:

    List type Command you send...   ...to an address like this one
      to subscribe to start mail again  
    LISTSERV® subscribe listname set listname mail listserv@host.domain
    Listproc subscribe listname set listname mail ack listproc@host.domain
    majordomo subscribe listname (Not available) majordomo@host.domain

    In each case, replace listname with the name of the list and @host.domain with address of the list server.

 

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