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Examples of Listserv List Information

List Name

List Purpose


Discussion list for Instructional Technology for Teaching and Learning


Discussion list for WS 170 / BIO 170: Physiology, Gender & Exercise


Moderated list for the Distance Education Online Symposium


In the List Name field in the form, type in a name that is brief and easy to associate with your list. Also note that list names are treated in E-mail as though they are real users. To help distinguish the list address from a real E-mail account, it is often helpful to include "-L" in the list name. The inclusion of "-L" however, is not required.

In the Purpose field in the form, type in a very brief description of how the list is to be used. Please do not exceed 70 characters. The description must fit on a single line.

Create a ListServ List

To create a list on the Listserv server, you need to fill in the form below. The person completing the form will become the owner of this list, and will be the contact person for ITS.

Your Name:

(First & Last only)

Your Email Address:

(include @hamilton.edu, please)

List Name:

Your list name should be brief but descriptive.
Please do not include spaces in the list name. (8-10 characters).

This should be a brief description of the list's intended use and/or topic. Please limit your description to 6-8 words or less.


ListServ is a robust product with more features than can be listed here. If none of the suggested configurations below meet your needs, please write to dquayle@hamilton.edu.

Please indicate the type of list you want below:


General Discussion List

  • Subscribers are limited to the Hamilton College campus.
    • Off-campus addresses may be added manually by the list owner.
  • Subscribers will be asked to confirm their email address during the subscription process.
  • Any valid subscriber may post to the list at any time.
  • Replies to messages are automatically addressed to the list.


News and Information Distribution List

  • Similar to the General Discussion List, except:
  • Replies to list messages are automatically sent to the list owner.


Moderated Discussion List

  • Similar to the General Discussion List, except:
  • All messages are sent first to the list moderator
    (this is the list owner, by default).
    • The moderator may send the messages on to the list.
    • Messages not forwarded by the moderator never appear on the list.