The UNOFFICIAL Generic New LISTSERV© Owner's Kit|
Once a default, generic header for your list has been placed by the LISTSERV's PostMaster, you will need to
modify the header to meet your list's needs. This is a four step process:
(Be sure to substitute the name of your list for "listname" in all cases.)
Then, you will be sent an email asking you to confirm your password request and you must reply with your confirmation before you can use your new LISTSERV password.
Reply to the mail with only the text: OK
SEND ALL COMMANDS TO:
2) Send an email to listserv with one of the commands:
GET ListName (HEADER
This command GETS your list's header and automatically "locks" your list so that no changes can
be made to the operating copy on the server
until you store your list back to the server via a PUT command.
Alternatively, should you decide no changes are
needed, issue an UNLOCK ListName command. A locked list prevents
new subscribers from joining the list or
existing subscribers from changing their delivery options.
GET ListName (HEADER NOLOCK
This command GETS your list's header without "Locking" the list.
You will get an email back from the listserv that looks simular to the following:
Date sent: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 13:03:03 -0400|
From: "L-Soft list server @ Listserv Place (1.8c)" <LISTSERV@LISTSERV DOMAIN>
Subject: File: "LISTNAME LIST"
To: Me <my1@address.COM>
PUT LIST_NAME LIST PW=XXXXXXXX|
* Short, 1-line List Description
<<snip the rest>>
3) Replace the "XXXXXXXX" in "Put List_Name PW=XXXXXXXX with your LISTSERV password, then edit the header the way you wish it to be for your list.
A link to an annotated list header and model list headers to help you in your editing, as
well as some links to reference manuals you can use for your task are below.
4) Send the list header to: listserv@domain [it's not a bad idea to send a copy to yourself too]
If all went well, you will receive an email from listserv@ that the header was successfully replaced.
If all does not go well, you will receive an error
Things to check before you start over again:
- Read the error message carefully
- Each line must begin with an * UNLESS you are using a listserv web based list management site to edit your
header, then, do not put a * to start each line.
- Word wrap can mess you up, turn it off if you can
- Not everything that is on one line in the default header has to be on one line!
If you still can't figure out what is wrong, send the Postmaster a copy
of your header and the error message you are getting: Sometimes, a mistake is made in placing the list and only they can correct it.
The following link will give you more information about the list header and some
sample list headers:
Annotated List Header - Info and Samples
Creating/Editing Welcome and Farewell messages
Once you have the list set up the way
you wish, try subscribing people to the list and sending some test
messages. See the cheat sheet page for subscription commands:
When you are sure the list meets your needs, send a general
announcement wherever you think appropriate.