Listserv Discussion Lists

Do you need to have an on-going email discussion with a group of people, where each person’s comments are sent to every person in the group? You could do this with a long list of addresses in your email, but there is a much easier way. L-Soft’s LISTSERV® software manages all aspects of your email group including subscriptions, distributions and more. If you are a WVNET affiliate, please feel free to request a new discussion list at no additional cost!

Request a Discussion List

Starting a Listserv Discussion List is as easy as submitting a request form!

Click Here to get started!

Design a List

Some things to think about before you request a new list:

Usefulness: There are different types of lists. Announcement lists may allow only one or two users to post to the list. Discussion lists will allow all the list subscribers to post to the list. Discussion lists can be public (anyone can subscribe) or private (only the owner of the list can subscribe users to the list).

Listname: The listname is used by the subscribers to send mail to the list. A listname of more than 20 characters is not practical. Users need something meaningful and easy to remember. We request that all listnames end in “-L”. Mail sent to the list will be addressed to ““.

List Description: The list description is used to document the purpose of the list. This may come in handy if users get off topic. A list description is required.

List Owners: At least one list owner is required and at least one owner must be a WVNET affiliate. List owners are responsible for managing the list (e.g. handling questions, problem subscriptions, etc). It is the list owner’s responsibility to keep a valid email address as the owner. Any list without a valid owner’s email address will be removed.

Archiving: Archiving saves a copy of every piece of mail for later review.

Listserv Management and Documentation


Subscriber’s Corner – Manage your list subscriptions on this server.

Online Mailing List Archives – Browse the archives of public lists on this server.

Archive Search – Search through multiple lists’ archives at the same time.

CataList – Search for a list of interest with the official catalog of public LISTSERV® lists.

List Request – Fill out this form to request a new list.

List Deletion – Fill out this form to delete an existing list.

Mailing List Management Interface – (List Owners Only) Configure your list and manage subscriptions.

Mailing List Moderation Interface – (List Moderators Only) Moderate list postings.

Server Management Interface – (LISTSERV Administrator Only) Create lists, configure Web pages, view reports, and other functions.

Help – Read general instructions on using LISTSERV’s Web interface.

LISTSERV information – General information about L-Soft’s LISTSERV® software

Online LISTSERV® Documentation in HTML Format:

LISTSERV Subscribers Manual

LISTSERV List Owner’s Guide

LISTSERV Site Manager’s Guide