CIS provides a Listserv mailing and discussion list service to members of the Brown community.
Use this form to request the creation of a new list.
Listserv, the list server, provides a wide range of features to meet many requirements.
Features include access control, archiving of lists, automatic generation of digests,
and web page access to lists and their archives. The requirements for most lists are included
in this form, but the form is not comprehensive. For any additional requirements your list
may have, use the section provided at the end of the form.
For additional information about Listserv, refer to the
For questions about list creation and this form, or any other Listserv questions,
contact the Listserv manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are requesting a list for a course, CIS offers several other mailing list
options which may be more suitable. See
course email options for more information.
Note: All fields below are required, except those identified as optional.
Your E-Mail Address:
Your Brown Username:
The address for the list will be email@example.com.
When choosing a list name, try to choose a name which is fairly short,
yet is still specific about the purpose of the list. When that's not
possible, a longer name is preferred to a less specific one. In many
cases the names of lists end with -L in order to avoid confusion
with non-list addresses. However, that is not a requirement.
The list name is not case-sensitive. The name cannot contain
blanks, and the only punctuation marks allowed are hyphens and underscores.
Requested List Name:
The title which will be used to describe the list. The title is used for
the list web page, and in e-mail distributed to the list. An example would
be Brown University Computer Users List. The title should be roughly
50 characters or less, and should be phrased to end with List when
The list description is provided by Listserv when information is requested
about a public list. The description is optional, and can be as long as
The person responsible for managing the list. Multiple list owners are
Primary List Owner Name:
Primary List Owner Email Address:
List Owner 2 Name (optional):
List Owner 2 Email Address (optional):
List Owner 3 Name (optional):
List Owner 3 Email Address (optional):
List Owner 4 Name (optional):
List Owner 4 Email Address (optional):
List Error Handling
Mail distributed to the list which cannot be delivered results in error
mail being returned. By default the error mail will be sent to the list
owner. The Errors-To address allows having someone else handle the
error mail. Multiple errors-to addresses are allowed. Leave these blank
for errors to go to the list owner.
Primary Errors-to Name (optional):
Primary Errors-to Email Address (optional):
Errors-to 2 Name (optional):
Errors-to 2 Email Address (optional):
Errors-to 3 Name (optional):
Errors-to 3 Email Address (optional):
Errors-to 4 Name (optional):
Errors-to 4 Email Address (optional):
A list may be either a discussion list or an announcement list.
Discussion lists allow subscribers to post to the list, while
announcement lists are one-way lists from the list manager(s) to the
subscribers. The Listserv default is a discussion list.
Replies to List Mail
Mail distributed to a discussion list will contain a "Reply-To" header field for
controlling how replies are handled. Replies can either go to the list
or to the original sender of the mail. The Listserv default is for replies
to go to the list. This setting is not used for announcement lists.
Replies go to the list
Replies go to the sender
Listserv archives postings to lists, and provides facilities for searching
and retrieving postings . This feature is provided
by default, but can be disabled if you prefer that the list not be
archived. List security options (the next section) control whether the archives are
public or restricted to subscribers.
Enable list archiving
Disable list archiving
Listserv can either accept or reject postings to your list that contain
attachments. There is a risk in accepting attachments, because e-mail
viruses spread using attachments. For that reason, the Listserv default
is to reject attachments. However, if attachments are important to the
purpose of your list, they can be allowed.
Lists can be completely public or have various levels of restricted access.
The most common security settings are:
Many other combinations of security options are available.
To request other combinations and options, choose Other list settings and
fill-in the requirements in Additional List Requirements below.
Other list settings
Additional List Requirements
If your list has security requirements not covered by the above choices,
or has other requirements not included in this form, describe them below
Initial Subscriber List
The owner(s) of a list can add and remove subscribers at any time.
However, as a convenience, when the list is created, an initial list of
subscribers can be provided. Subscribers added in this way will not
be notified that they have been added.
If needed, provide the subscriber list below. Specify one subscriber per
line, and provide the e-mail address followed by the real name. For
Josiah_Carberry@brown.edu Josiah Carberry
Both the e-mail address and the real name are required to add a
subscriber. However, for brown.edu addresses in the form
firstname.lastname@example.org, the name may be omitted and
firstname lastname will be used as the name.
Note: The list owner and errors-to addresses should be
included if they should be subscribed, as those addresses are not subscribed
The lines in the list must be formatted as shown above. In particular,
the e-mail address must be first on each line. Also, within the list
there should be no blank lines.
Subscriber List (optional):
When you click on Continue you will be given an opportunity
to verify your entries are correct.