How do I create an email list?

Any organization is welcome to create a critpath mailman list. To do so, please fill out the form on www.critpath.org here:   The Critical Path Help Desk will create your email list within 48 hours.

If you host your website on Critical Path’s servers you can create (and delete) an email list with your own domain name via the  Members’ Control Panel.

First, a few definitions:

  • Discussion vs. announcement list – a discussion list is a list in which the subscribers of the list can respond to each other and have their responses sent back to the list. An announcement list is a list in which only one or several people are allowed to post to the list. Regular subscribers are not able to respond to the list.
  • Low volume vs. high volume – For our purposes, a high volume list is a list that sends more then 10,000 messages per week. In other words, if you have more than 10,000 subscribers, you have a high volume list. In addition, if you only have 1,000 subscribers, but you send 10 messages per week, then you have a high volume email list.

We have two servers to manage email discussion lists: one is for discussion or low volume announcement email lists. The other is for high volume announcement only lists.

Once you have logged into the  Members’ Control Panel, click either “Email discussion list” if you have a low volume announcement list or a discussion list of any size or “High volume announcement list” if you have a high volume announcement list.

Next, click “Add item.”

Fill in the name of your list and the domain name. Then enter your email address and click submit.

Further directions and the list password will be emailed to you.

For more information about configuring your email list, please read our Mailman Primer.

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