Mailing lists are a specialized form of e-mail distribution, with users "subscribing" and then receiving all messages posted by the other members. This is an extremely efficient method for interested users to disseminate information, examine topics and even engage in heated debate. It reaches only interested readers on the subscription list and "outsiders" can not submit messages (reducing the threat of spam and other unwanted messages). While many find mailing list commands confusing, we have a short introduction that should address most questions of how to join and participate. Each mailing list in this collection has links to allow you to subscribe/unsubscribe and also send a message.
There are several resource websites for mailing lists that might be of interest to statisticians. These resource websites provide the most current and comprehensive listing of mailing lists addressing statistical issues of all types, whether it be specific problems, more conceptual issues or even issue related to specific software.
Using a mailing list as easy as sending and reading e-mail, but it does require that you remember to separate your messages to the mailing list from the requests to the list administrator.
Messages are e-mails that are distributed to all members/subscribers
of the mailing list. The messages are just like a regular e-mail, and you
are strongly encouraged to always provide a descriptive title. Almost
anything sent to the mailing list address will be automatically distributed
to all members/subscribers -- so "think before your send." All messages
intended to be sent to the mailing list members/subscribers are sent to
the following address:
For example, sending a message to MVSTAT-L, the mailing list for this website,is sending the message to:
Then provide a descriptive subject heading and put your message in the body of the text, just like a regular e-mail message.
Requests are used to join a mailing list, stop your subscription
or change subscription features (such as how you receive messages, temporarily
stopping mail while on vacation, etc.). It is important to remember
that anytime you want to make a request, your send it to the list administrator
at the address below. All requests are sent in the body of the e-mail
message and the subject field can even be left blank. But if you send your
request to the address above by mistake, the list thinks it is a message
instead and everyone in the mailing list will see it. Therefore,
be sure to send all requests to the list administrator address:
MAILBASE@maillist_hostTo contact the list administrator for MSTAT-L, the command is:
Sending the Request to Join or LeaveBefore you can receive any messages from a mailing list, you must become a member/subscriber by sending a request to the list administrator (see section above). In the body of the message, only put the following line of text:
National Academic Mailing List Service providing catalog of UK-based mailing lists dealing with a wide range of statistical topics.
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