Since the start of ITP in the late 1990's, CSU has been providing mailing
lists for each class section to facilitate discussions.
Each class mailing list is automatically generated nightly at 5am. The lists are
created based on the information in Banner about the class section. The
currently enrolled students and faculty of record are automatically added to the
mailing list (or removed as needed). These members of the list are the only
people who can send to the list. The e-mail address they are sending from needs
to match what is stored in Banner. It is not possible to make manual
adjustments to the mailing lists, as they would be overwritten the next time the
The list naming convention is
instance, Math 1101, section 4 for Spring 2002 would be
We also maintain lists for each major. They are named major### where ### is the
code of the major in Banner. These lists contain all the currently enrolled
students who have that major listed on their student record.
lists have a limit of 2.5MB for a message (ie text and/or attachments.)
Larger messages than this should be stored on a web site, and then the link to
the file e-mailed to the mailing list. This not only reduces load on the mail
servers, it also makes it easier for students to download large messages at
their own convenience.
On the same server, we maintain a small number of non-class specific mailing
lists for organizations and committees which have a connection to the
This is something offered as a minimally supported service. We can verify
the service is working normally, but management of the mailing lists will be
left up to the list owner.
For our examples we will use a mailing list named sample. For your mailing
list, replace sample with the name of your list
The management of the list is located at http://lists.clayton.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/admin/sample
The list member interface is located at http://lists.clayton.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/sample
where they can join, leave or set their preferences
The list members can also use e-mail to join or leave the list by sending an
e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The web interface provides some documentation and help text, and the
documentation for the Mailman software can be found at http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/docs.html