What is IU List, and how do I use it?

IU List is Indiana University's mailing list service, based on the Sympa mailing list software. Through IU List, you can manage mailing lists of large numbers of subscribers with customizable settings, create digests of messages, and maintain archives of past communications.

For instructions on how to create a new IU List mailing list, see On IU List, how do I create a new mailing list?

To manage or subscribe to existing IU List mailing lists:

Using the IU List web interface

You can use the IU List web interface to manage your mailing lists and subscriptions. From the links below, choose the site associated with the campus that hosts your mailing list (not necessarily your campus). Each campus site lets you manage only those lists that are hosted by that campus; a separate site is provided for managing university-wide (@iu.edu and @list.iu.edu) mailing lists.

Campus IU List web interface
IU Bloomington https://list.indiana.edu/
IUPUI https://list.iupui.edu/
IU East https://list.iue.edu/
IU Kokomo https://list.iuk.edu/
IU Northwest https://list.iun.edu/
IUPUC https://list.iupuc.edu/
IU South Bend https://list.iusb.edu/
IU Southeast https://list.ius.edu/
University-wide https://list.iu.edu/

You can log into the IU List web interface either with your primary IU email (@campus.edu) address and Network ID credentials, or with an alternative email address (e.g., a @umail.iu.edu, @imail.iu.edu, or any other email address) and an IU List password:

  • Primary IU email address: On the appropriate Login page (see below), click IU Credential Login. If you're not already logged into another IU service, you'll be redirected to the IU Central Authentication Service (CAS) login page. Enter your Network ID credentials, and then click Login. (If you're already logged into CAS via another IU service, such as One.IU or Canvas, you'll go directly to the Mailing Lists home page without having to re-enter your Network credentials.)
  • Alternative email address: On the appropriate Login page (see below), under "Log in with your IU List password":
    • If this is the first time accessing IU List with this email address, you must create an IU List password. To do so:
      1. Click First login?.
      2. On the following page, enter your email address, and then click Request first password.
      3. In the email account you specified, open the new message sent from the IU List system; in the message, click the provided link to access the IU List password page.
      4. Follow the on-screen directions to create an IU List password. Do not use your IU Network ID passphrase for your IU List password.
    • If you previously accessed IU List with this email address (and remember the corresponding IU List password), enter your email address and IU List password, and then click Email/Password Login.

For more about managing your IU List lists and subscriptions. see the "Related documents" at the bottom of this page.

Sending commands via email

You can manage your IU List mailing lists and subscriptions by sending commands via email to the appropriate command server or subscription server.

Command and subscription server addresses

Campus IU List server Command address Subscription address
IU Bloomington @indiana.edu list@indiana.edu listname-l-subscribe@indiana.edu
@list.indiana.edu list@list.indiana.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.indiana.edu
IUPUI @iupui.edu list@iupui.edu listname-l-subscribe@iupui.edu
@list.iupui.edu list@list.iupui.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iupui.edu
IU East @iue.edu list@iue.edu listname-l-subscribe@iue.edu
@list.iue.edu list@list.iue.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iue.edu
IU Kokomo @iuk.edu list@iuk.edu listname-l-subscribe@iuk.edu
@list.iuk.edu list@list.iuk.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iuk.edu
IU Northwest @iun.edu list@iun.edu listname-l-subscribe@iun.edu
@list.iun.edu list@list.iun.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iun.edu
IUPUC @iupuc.edu list@iupuc.edu listname-l-subscribe@iupuc.edu
@list.iupuc.edu list@list.iupuc.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iupuc.edu
IU South Bend @iusb.edu list@iusb.edu listname-l-subscribe@iusb.edu
@list.iusb.edu list@list.iusb.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iusb.edu
IU Southeast @ius.edu list@ius.edu listname-l-subscribe@ius.edu
@list.ius.edu list@list.ius.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.ius.edu
University-wide @iu.edu list@iu.edu listname-l-subscribe@iu.edu
@list.iu.edu list@list.iu.edu listname-l-subscribe@list.iu.edu

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Available email commands

You can put multiple commands in a single message. Commands must appear in the message body, one per line.

Note: In the following examples:

  • Replace list_name with the name of your list.
  • Replace email_address with an email address.
  • Any command with the list_name|* option will take a list name or the asterisk (*) wildcard character (to apply the command to all of your lists in that domain).
  • You may type either the entire command or just the uppercase characters.
Command Function
HELp Retrieve the email command help file.
INFO list_name Get information about a mailing list.
LISts Get a directory of mailing lists managed on this server.
REView list_name List subscribers to list_name.
WHICH See the lists to which you are subscribed.
SUBscribe list_name Subscribe to or confirm a subscription to list_name.
UNSubscribe list_name|* email_address Unsubscribe from a list (or all lists in that domain). Specify an email_address if you are sending the command from a different address.
SET list_name|* NOMAIL Stop receiving messages, but remain subscribed to the list(s).
SET list_name|* DIGEST Receive messages in digest form.
SET list_name|* DIGESTPLAIN Receive messages in digest form, using plain-text email, and including all attachments.
SET list_name|* SUMMARY Receive only an index of messages.
SET list_name|* NOTICE Receive only the Subject lines of messages.
SET list_name|* MAIL Receive messages in normal mode.
SET list_name|* CONCEAL Hide your subscriber address.
SET list_name|* NOCONCEAL Make your subscriber address visible via the REView command.
INDex list_name Retrieve an index of list archives.
GET list_name archive_file Retrieve the specified list archive (archive_file).
LAST list_name Retrieve the last message distributed to the list.
INVITE list_name email_address Send an invitation to subscribe to the list.
CONFIRM key For a list that requires public or private key authentication, send a numeric key (key) to confirm distribution of your message to the list.
QUIT Indicate the end of the command list (to prevent the system from misinterpreting an automatically appended email signature).
Note: The following commands are for use only by list owners or moderators.
ADD list_name email_address first_name last_name Add a user to the list. To avoid notifying the user, prepend the QUIET command; for example:
  QUIET ADD deathstar-l darvader@empire.gov Lord Vader
DEL list_name email_address Delete a user from the list.
STATS list_name Retrieve list statistics (e.g., number of messages received, number of messages sent, and megabyte sent and received).
REMIND list_name Send a reminder message to each subscriber.
DISTribute list_name key Specify the numeric key (key) required to enable distribution of messages queued for moderation.
REJect list_name key Delete the message with the specified key (key) from the moderation queue (i.e., reject a message).
MODINDEX list_name Retrieve a list of messages queued for moderation. The reply will include an index of each message's sent date, sender, size, and associated key, and all messages in digest form.

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