How do I subscribe to a LISTSERV list?

  1. Send email to with no subject and the body of the message containing the "subscribe" command, followed by the list name, and finally your first and last names (e.g., subscribe testlist-l John Doe).  Make sure that the subject is empty and that there is no other text in the body of the message, including your email signature.

  2. You will receive a message from listserv indicating that you have been subscribed.  Alternatively, you will recieve an error message if the list you entered does not exist, or if you typed the command incorrectly.

  3. Some lists may require you to confirm your subscription request, simply click on the link within the email to confirm your request. If the list is setup for subscriptions by owner, you will receive a notice that your request was forwarded to the list owner(s).

 For a more detailed description of the different features of using a mailing list, please refer to online documentation available at

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Article ID: 41
Created: Tue, 16 Jul 2002
Modified: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 3:52pm