Running a list at FreeLists
This document is designed to assist list owners in running their mailing lists. It's difficult to make this sort of document an all-inclusive resource, so if you feel that something's missing from the list, please let us know.
At your hands is a very powerful mailing list engine. Until you're completely comfortable using it, or until a change needs to be maintained, it's suggested that you not change any configuration settings: lists at FreeLists are configured to work properly from the start.
As a list owner, it's important that you're receptive of your subscribers' needs. Point them to the FreeLists FAQ, make up your own for your website, etc. Be patient with them, and make yourself available to answer any question, no matter how "silly" it may seem.
Most daily configuration tasks can be accomplished through emailing [email protected] and inserting specially-formatted commands into the message. However, using the web-based interface is much easier. We'll concentrate on its usage here.
The FreeLists Web Login - Ecartisgate
Our web-based interface is run on Ecartisgate, Ecartis's builtin web interface. We've made some tweaks to it, and modified it so it fits the FreeLists "theme" though. The idea of the whole thing is that you can quickly and easily login and subscribe/unsubscribe users without getting your hands dirty. It also allows you to modify user flags, list files, and list variables. Please see those linked documents for specifics on what each item is for and how to configure it. Click here to login.
FreeLists Administrator Login
The second web-based administration package is written specifically for administrators (The FreeLists Web Login is for administrators and subscribers). It allows you to setup your lists' webpages and set site preferences for your lists and the FreeLists site. Click here to login.
Of course, the documentation isn't always enough. That's why the freelists-users mailing list was started. As a list administrator, you're automatically subscribed. For more information, please see the freelists-users homepage. Send any questions like "how do I get the list to do..." FreeLists staff members are subscribed, and ready to answer your questions.
Since all mailing lists are run on Ecartis, you might also want to have a look at the documentation at their website. Mailing lists run by the Ecartis folks are available to assist you, however, using the freelists-users list benefits other FreeLists list owners, so we suggest that you use that instead.
More to come?
This document will be updated (hopefully) as time passes and new things come up. If you'd like to make a suggestion for material to be added to this page, please contact us.