Sympa: Mailing List Maker

October 2, 2015   |  By Chris Phillips

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) offers a product called Sympa, that features an easy-to-use web interface that anyone at UMB can use to create different kinds of mailing lists. The two most common types of mailing lists are the “Newsletter” variety and the “Discussion” mailing list. The “Newsletter” creates a list to distribute information or announcements to persons with a common interest. Discussion lists are more conversational, but can have different levels of control; for instance, the list creator can appoint a moderator so someone can screen messages prior to distributing them. You also can use Sympa to search for mailing lists matching your main interests or your particular situation. All lists maintain a web archive, so if you missed a message you can easily search for it online.

Some UMB faculty, staff, and students have been using Sympa for years to create message lists for classes, student organizations, or other shared interest groups. Sympa is a tool that can easily reach out to a few, or a few thousand, people.

If you’d like to find out more, read the general introduction to mailing lists, which provides an overview of the different types of mailing lists, what features each has, and how they work. To create your own lists, you can go to Sympa and log in using your UMID and password. Once you are logged in, you have several options to choose from. One of the choices is “+Create list?” Selecting this option and clicking “Go” will take you to a screen that walks you through setting up a mailing list of the type you want to create.

For more information, please email the IT Help Desk or call 410-706-HELP.