Email listsThe Cam Phil nowadays makes considerable use of email, both for members and also for sending announcements to anybody else who is interested in our activities and forthcoming concerts.
The various Cam Phil mailing lists are all run by automated software (called Majordomo), which frees us from what would otherwise be a considerable administrative load. The notes on this page are intended to explain how you can effectively manage your own subscription(s), by sending special email messages to Majordomo. However, if you have difficulty, please do contact the list manager at email@example.com.
NOTE: the email addresses here and elsewhere on the web site are usually shown as clickable links. If you use an email application, they should cause a new draft message to open in your application. However, if you use webmail (such as GMail or Hotmail), this might not work properly, in which case you should copy and paste the email address.
Joining a list (“subscribe”)To join a list, you first need to send a blank email to the appropriate subscription address:
|List name||Subscribe address||Majordomo command|
|chorus-members||Chorus members firstname.lastname@example.org||subscribe chorus-members|
|orchestra-members||Orchestra members email@example.com||subscribe orchestra-members|
|musgo||Selected news about other musical organisations and firstname.lastname@example.org||subscribe musgo|
|social||Unofficial announcements and email@example.com||subscribe social|
When you send your initial request (using either method), Majordomo will respond with a message containing a confirmation token: you must follow the instructions in that message, to verify that your email address is working and that it really was you who sent the request. In general, any request to Majordomo requires confirmation before it can succeed, and that confirmation is as simple as hitting reply and sending the one-word message “accept”. Make sure you do not change the subject line, though, otherwise Majordomo won’t know which token you’re accepting.
You will then receive a message welcoming you to the list.
Using your passwordThe first time you join one of our mailing lists, you will also be sent a password. You should keep the welcome message for future reference.
With your password, you can avoid almost all confirmation tokens. To do this, you must use the “Majordomo command” method, with one small addition. Make the first line of your message to firstname.lastname@example.org:
and then type whichever other command(s) you need on separate lines after that.
default password PASSWORD
If you need a reminder of your password, send the one-line message
Leaving a list (“unsubscribe”)To leave a list, the process is almost identical: you need to send a blank email to the appropriate unsubscription address:
|List name||Unsubscribe address||Majordomo command|
If you can read email sent to the subscribed address, but cannot send email using it (eg. if your old email address still works, but only as a redirection to a new address), then you can still unsubscribe, by sending the one-line message
to email@example.com (use the appropriate list name, of course). You can send this message from anywhere, provided you quote the email address you want to unsubscribe. You must still look out for the confirmation token (which will be sent to the old email address), and return it.
unsubscribe LISTNAME <your old email address>
If you no longer have access to the old email address at all, then you won’t of course be receiving any email from us. In this case, please still tell us, so that we can update our records.
Changing your addressIf you change your address, you can just unsubscribe and then re-subscribe with your new address. It is much better, though (especially if you have joined more than one list!) to use the single-step “changeaddr” command. To do this, using your new address, send the one-line message
to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must do this before your old email address is switched off, since you need to return a confirmation token from both the old and new accounts.
changeaddr <your old email address>
If you quote your password, ie. if you send the two lines
then the first confirmation isn’t needed, which means you don’t need to have access to the old account, although you will still need to confirm the new address.
default password PASSWORD
changeaddr <your old email address>
If you don’t get a reply almost immediately to your request, or when you send in a confirmation token, then it may be that your email program has messed up the subject line or the reply address. In particular, addresses with the word “owner” in them are always wrong (they are intended for contacting the list manager, or for detecting bounced messages), but some email programs tend to choose these incorrectly when you hit reply. See also the next point.
If you believe you have successfully subscribed, but you don’t then receive any messages when other people have done, or if you are not seeing any messages from Majordomo at all, then it may be due to an over-zealous “anti-spam” filter. If you or your email provider (ISP) run any kind of filter, you may have to tell it about the Cam Phil mailing list, otherwise any messages you receive may be rejected or consigned to the “junk” folder. Note that, in common with most other email lists, messages from us are sent with a variety of “one-time” sender addresses (a method known as “VERP”), so you may have particular difficulty if you have a filter which junks messages from anyone who is not in your address book – there is no one single address which you can add.
There is unfortunately nothing we can do about this at our end, and if you cannot find a way to allow our messages through your junk filter then your only option may be to switch to a different ISP which has a different filtering policy. Please, however, let us know so that we can compile a list of “list-unfriendly” ISPs to warn other people!
If you want to check that your subscription is OK, send the single word “show” in the body of a message to email@example.com. A complete summary of everything Majordomo knows about you will be sent back straight away (so if that reply doesn’t arrive, you definitely need to check for a filter getting in the way!).
If you are really stuck, you can contact the list manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.