Mailing List Commands
Posted by Justin Thomas on 12 May 2015 06:20:22 PM

About Mailing List commands

Mailing lists contain a useful feature - you can use a series of pre-defined email addresses as commands to perform specific actions on the mailing list. For example, a user could send an email to such an email address to request subscription to the mailing list. If a command sent by a user is rejected by the mailing list, the user will receive an email notification in response.

Using these commands

Using commands on the mailing list is very simple. There is a specific email address assigned for each command on a mailing list. To execute that command, a user simply sends an email to this email address. Upon receiving the command email, the mailing list performs the necessary action and responds accordingly. Typically, an email user must send this command from the email address used to subscribe to the list. In certain cases, such as subscription or unsubscription requests, the mailing list would send an automated confirmation request to the user, which the user must reply to complete the action.

When sending the command email, the subject and body of the email are not significant and can be left blank.

Command List

Here is a list of all commands that users can perform on your mailing lists. To perform a task, simply send a blank email to the corresponding email address. (In the examples, yourdomain.com represents the the domain name for your email service.)

Email AddressUsage
<listname-subscribe@yourdomain.com> Used to subscribe to the mailing list. The address from which the mail is sent would be subscribed.
<listname-unsubscribe@yourdomain.com> Used by a subscriber to remove their email address from the list.
<listname-subscribe-username=host.tld@yourdomain.com> Used to subscribe an email address other than the sender's address to the mailing list.
<listname-unsubscribe-username=host.tld@yourdomain.com> Used to unsubscribe an email address other than the sender's address to the mailing list.
<listname-owner@yourdomain.com> Used to communicate with the administrator.
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