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Beckground:
I worked in IT for many years back in the days of DOS 3.3, Lotus 1-2 -3 and Word Perfect. I've even had the fun of being the sole Administrator of a Novell Netware network (no bosses) back in the dark days of computing.


Question:
Not being happy with the new fangled and pre-packaged Yahoo Groups, I'd like to manage my own mailing list. I like to do it myself. Once upon a time I stumbled across a web-based interface for creating a Mailman mailing list. I even set up a prototype kinda list as a Newsletter (with nobody able to post except me/the owner).


Then other passions consumed me. I had a problem with alcohol that I'm proud to say I have under control. But for the life of me, I cannot remember where on "World Wide" Web I did this.


Any help given would be appreciated. In the absence of such help, can anyone refer to a a *GOOD* place to start as far as getting started? This newsletter is very important. Although this list is exlusively for Mailman... are there any other suggestions? Or is Mailman a good place to start for someone who is a little bit familiar with batch files, scripts, CPL's for the AS/400 and such?


ThanX,
Q


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  • Peleg Michaeli at Feb 19, 2008 at 11:33 am
    Why Mailman?

    I think that there are better and much simpler web engines for
    *Newsletters*.

    Mailman can do more than that, hence it is much more complicated to
    use/install/configure (my opinion).

    Peleg.
    On Mon, 2008-02-18 at 23:26 -0600, quinnten at cheerful.com wrote:
    This is a question from a complete novice so don't humor me with "there's no such
    thing as a dumb question".


    Beckground:
    I worked in IT for many years back in the days of DOS 3.3, Lotus 1-2 -3 and Word Perfect. I've even had the fun of being the sole Administrator of a Novell Netware network (no bosses) back in the dark days of computing.


    Question:
    Not being happy with the new fangled and pre-packaged Yahoo Groups, I'd like to manage my own mailing list. I like to do it myself. Once upon a time I stumbled across a web-based interface for creating a Mailman mailing list. I even set up a prototype kinda list as a Newsletter (with nobody able to post except me/the owner).


    Then other passions consumed me. I had a problem with alcohol that I'm proud to say I have under control. But for the life of me, I cannot remember where on "World Wide" Web I did this.


    Any help given would be appreciated. In the absence of such help, can anyone refer to a a *GOOD* place to start as far as getting started? This newsletter is very important. Although this list is exlusively for Mailman... are there any other suggestions? Or is Mailman a good place to start for someone who is a little bit familiar with batch files, scripts, CPL's for the AS/400 and such?


    ThanX,
    Q
  • Brandon Sussman at Feb 19, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Peleg Michaeli wrote:
    Why Mailman?

    I think that there are better and much simpler web engines for
    *Newsletters*.

    Mailman can do more than that, hence it is much more complicated to
    use/install/configure (my opinion).
    Yes, there are better tools. If all you want is one 'Newsletter' list,
    they will serve you better, IMO.

    There is a good FAQ on making a Mailman list do what you want. It is
    not hard and requires no hacking at all. Just proper setting of
    parameters available from the web interface(s).

    You might consider finding a host that already supports lists, once you
    decide on Mailman or an alternative.

    Unless you really need the excitement of the technical administration,
    sticking with the moderation/human issues may be the best solution.

    I do this for folks.

    Others that post here do as well.

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