Subscribing to a list is easy. Just send an email. That’s it.

If the list exists, then you’ll get a confirmation and you’ll be subscribed, with your original message going through. That means you should make that first email count.

If the list doesn’t exist, then you’ll be given a list of possible similar lists (in case you spelled it wrong). If you really want the list created, then just reply like normal and you’ll get your list, get subscribed, and have your first send in one shot.

List Names

The names of lists can be characters, numbers, and dot (’.’) characters. Nothing else. They also have to be ASCII characters.


When you subscribe you get an email that tells you how to unsusbcribe by sending an email to Of course put the list you want to leave in place of LIST. You’ll get a confirmation and then you’ll be taken off.


There’s three ways to get archives. First, just go to /browser/ on the site. This is a javascript browser of the archives. Second, you can go to /archives/ and get at the actualy javascript that interface is using. Feel free to use this as a template for your own list.

Your project of course has full access to these archives, and they are fully public, so that means you also get rsync access to the archives. Simply use:

rsync -azv

and you’ll get that date as a Maildir queue. When in doubt find the path you need using the json web interface and go from there.

We prefer that if you’re going to rsync a mailing list, please just get the few you need and don’t do it more than a few times a day. Definitely use rsync and not the JSON interfave to get the updates. Rsync is infinitely more friendly for this kind of work.

To be nice, please ask on the mailing list if you plan to grab all of the lists.