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I understand Mailman mailing lists should be deleted if they're no longer needed. How do I remove my unused lists?

Friday, July 17, 2020

Do you own or administer a Mailman mailing list that you no longer plan to use? If so, now is a good time to take a look and do some housekeeping.

What is Mailman?

Faculty, staff, and students use the Mailman list service to simplify the process of sending emails regularly to groups of people within the campus community.

Many unused distribution lists

Over the years, the number of lists in Mailman has grown significantly. With that, Mailman currently hosts more than 65,000 mailing lists, and a number of them have not been used in many months or even years. 

Owners and admins take action

You can manage the mailing lists you own by navigating to the web interface. If you see a list that’s no longer needed, you can easily delete it by following these steps:

  1. For all lists that you no longer use, under “Settings,” select “All Options.” 
  2. Under Other Administrative Activities,  select “Delete this mailing list.”

Initiating a Mailman clean up

In the upcoming weeks, University IT will reach out to owners and administrators of Mailman lists that haven’t been used in the past 18 months. Unless an owner or administrator takes action, the list will be deleted.

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For questions or assistance, please submit a Help request.

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