Listserv & Google Groups Requests

The Williams College LISTSERV is for Faculty & Staff use. Student groups please use the WSO LISTSERV.  Note: Google Groups are now being used instead of a LISTSERV if all the subscribers have a email account.

Instructions for filling out this form

List Contact Information

Who should we contact if there are questions on setting up this listserv (ideally the person filling out this form)?

List Basics

The name you enter below will be the list's email address. It must contain 3-16 characters, end with -L, and contain only letters, numbers, and '-' or '_'.

List Owners

Only 1 owner is required. You must enter your exact Internet e-mail address as seen in the "From" field of mail sent by you or Listserv will not recognize you as an owner. If you are at all unclear about the address to use, send a blank e-mail to yourself or see Help with list owners. Remember that owners are not automatically subscribed to the list and must subscribe in order to receive postings.

E-Mail Address (exact Internet e-mail address):


Is the existence of this list confidential? Public? Limited to Williams? If Public, its existence will be shared with Internet users via Listserv & web search engines?

Service - List is advertised only on the local Listserver.
Yes - List is NOT disclosed electronically to public.
No - List IS advertised electronically to the Internet through Lsoft Catalist

Posting Options

If you want a "moderated" list where all postings need to be approved by an owner or other moderator, select "Editor" below.

Public - Anyone can send mail to list.
Service - Anyone with a Williams email address can send mail to list.
Private - Only members can send mail to list. Recommended if confidential (above) is NO.
Editor - Only Editor (moderator) can send mail to list.

Subscription Requests

Open - Anyone can subscribe to the list, owners will be notified.
By Owner- Subscription requests are forwarded to owners. An owner must add members.
Closed - Subscription requests are denied. Owner must add all members.

Acknowledgement of Messages Sent

ACK - Brief acknowledgement message is sent to sender.
NOACK - No acknowledgement is sent to sender.
REPRO - Sender receives a copy of message as sent to list.
NOREPRO - Sender does NOT receive a copy of message as sent to list.

Reply-to Default

List - Reply-To is set to the list address, therefore all members of the list will receive the reply. Best for discussion lists.
Sender - Reply-To defaults to the sender's address, but any Reply-To address set by the sender's mail client will be respected. Best for announcement type of lists.


Who may obtain the members' names and e-mail addresses

Public - Anyone can review.
Private - Only members can review.
Owners - Only owners can review.

Archive Messages

If list archiving is turned on, archives of all messages sent through the list are available either on the archive web pages or via e-mail commands (see the documentation). By default, archives are grouped by month; contact GODOFLISTS@WILLIAMS.EDU if you require weekly or daily grouping.

No Do NOT archive messages.
Yes Do archive messages.


Any comments or questions about your list setup.