Mailing Lists

Several types of email mailing lists are available for your use. Each has different features that may affect your decision of which to use. Please contact the EIT Support Hotline for assistance. To find existing lists visit our ListSearch site.

Outlook distribution list
For individual use only, you may want to create a distribution list of multiple people that you need to email frequently. This type of list is not usable by others. You can also add a distribution list to a meeting invitation or a group schedule to quickly work with all members.

Within Outlook select the New dropdown and choose Distribution List. Add members as appropriate. Distribution lists are saved in your Contacts folder.

Majordomo mailing list
The most common type of Extension mailing list, Majordomo is an automated list processor that offers a number of valuable list management features such as a maximum message size (to prevent unnecessary attachments), automatic message footers, subject line prefixes, custom reply-to addresses and list moderation. Majordomo lists may allow users to subscribe or unsubscribe themselves without owner intervention, depending on the configuration set by the list owner. Majordomo lists are generally the most flexible choice. Some Majordomo configuration tips are available to assist you.

List creations are processed overnight, but subsequent configuration and membership changes take effect immediately. Create a new Majordomo list in ISU IT Services' Acropolis.

Another type of mailing list is the chlist or change-list. An older type of list not frequently used by Extension staff, chlists can also be used as access control lists for certain Acropolis functions. Chlists are essentially not configurable in any other way, and all creations and changes take effect overnight. Create a new chlist in ISU IT Services' Acropolis.