and see if it contains something like
athena% blanche -iLISTNAME
If there is no mention of Mailman in the output, the list is a Moira list.
reuse is a Mailman list on server PCH.MIT.EDU
Moira lists (also known as traditional or Athena lists) can be used as mailing lists, as well as to give a group of people access to web pages and Athena directories. From Athena, an easy way to access Moira lists is by using the mailmaint command, which gives you a menu you can navigate with the arrow keys. Type
(If you don't have an "
athena%" terminal window open, click the
button at the lower left labeled "Prompt".)
Alternately, you can use the "blanche" command. To add yourself to the "cluedump-announce" list, if your username is "joeuser", type:
athena% blanche cluedump-announce -a joeuser
To delete yourself from the list, use "-d" instead of "-a"; to view
the members of the list (if the list isn't hidden), just type
If you have a web browser and MIT certificates, a third way to manage your lists is by going to webmoira.mit.edu.
If you want to create your own list, you can do so online at wserv.mit.edu/lc. Fill out a form,
and the list will be available immediately for use with commands such as
blanche. You can also use this website to create Mailman
lists (see below).
Note that changes to the mailing lists are only sent to the mail
servers approximately every 3–4 hours. You can determine when the last
mailing list update was by running the "
command (in the consult
locker, so you may need to type
add consult first).
lastupd mailhub contains a bit more
information about the mailhubs in particular.
Our November 22, 2002 column has much more detail on manipulating Moira lists.
Mailman lists are an alternative to Moira lists. They're less integrated with Athena, but they have a fancier web interface, including automatic list archives and the ability to hold messages for moderation. To subscribe or unsubscribe from a Mailman list, visit the website
http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/LISTNAME(replacing LISTNAME with the name of the appropriate list, of course).
MIT runs two spam-filtering products: the open-source SpamAssassin, and its commercial cousin, the Barracuda Spam Firewall. These products assign a score ranging from -5.0 (or below, in rare cases) to beyond 25.0 (for particularly egregious spam specimens) to every e-mail. By default, if this score is above 7.5, the e-mail goes to your Spamscreen folder and is deleted after 10 days.
You can configure this threshold and delay, as well as set up blacklists and whitelists (to ensure that particular e-mail addresses are always or never filtered), at the following website: