[amsat-bb] New Mailing List Software

Paul Williamson kb5mu@amsat.org
Tue Aug 15 18:59:34 PDT 2006

The mailing lists at amsat.org have been converted over to a new 
program. Instead of Majordomo, we are now using GNU Mailman. 
Everybody's subscription was transferred over automatically, so you 
don't have to take any action to continue to receive your current 
mailing lists.

The big difference is that subscribing and unsubscribing is now done 
on the web instead of by sending email. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or 
change any of a number of new options for email delivery, start on 
http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo and select the mailing list of 
interest. From there, the forms are intended to be self-explanatory. 
You can also get to the forms using the web link at the bottom of 
every message from the mailing list.

One thing has not changed: if you need help from a human, send email 
to listmaint@amsat.org. Don't send any requests for help, 
subscribe/unsubscribe requests, or test messages to the mailing lists.

Daily digests are handled a bit differently in Mailman. Instead of 
separate mailing lists (for example, amsat-bb for individual messages 
and amsat-bb-digest for the digest), there is a single mailing list 
(amsat-bb) and each user can set various options, including digest 
mode. Subscribers to digest mailing lists were transferred to the 
single mailing list, with the digest option enabled. If you're one of 
the few subscribers who were getting both individual messages and the 
digest for the same list, that is no longer possible.

More on AMSAT's mailing list services at 
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/maillist.php or click 
on Mail Services on AMSAT's main web page.

I hope the transition will be smooth for everybody. If you notice any 
problems or have any questions, send mail to listmaint@amsat.org.

73  -Paul
Director, Electronic Communications

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