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Mailing Lists

Departments and research groups may request that new mailing lists be created.

Mailing lists can be divided into two types, depending on how people become members of the list.

Distribution lists

Distribution lists are used to send newsletter-type messages to members of a restricted community, for example members of a department or project. Distribution lists are managed directly by a list owner who maintains the membership of the list.

If you wish to set up a distribution list, please contact the INSRV Service Desk by emailing

Subscription lists

The second type of list is a subscription list, where individuals join and leave voluntarily by sending email messages to a designated address, or by visiting a web page.

Subscription lists are more suited to groups defined by a common interest where the membership may be expected to vary from day to day.

How to request the creation of a subscription list - please also read the notes on subscription mailing lists.


Both types of list are usually managed by a program which acts on commands sent to it in email messages or via an administration web page.

At Cardiff we use two list manager programs: 

1. Majordomo, which is described in the following web pages:

2. Mailman, which is web-based and described in the following web pages: