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Mailing Lists - Owners and Moderators
This article answers some frequently asked questions about mailing list owners and moderators.
The original requestor of a list is the privileged list owner by default. This means that they have ultimate authority over the list with full access to change all settings.
A list owner is similar to a privileged list owner, but cannot add other owners or access/change the following settings for the list:
- Who can send messages
- Status of the list
- Last update of config
- Creation of the list
- Serial number of the config
Both privileged list owners and list owners can manage the list's membership.
A moderator's role is to approve or deny messages that are sent to a moderated private list. A moderator cannot manage the subscriber list.
Listmasters are IT Services staff members who administer the entire Lists system, including approving new lists.
All email lists must have a current faculty, student, or staff member as one of the list owners. However, someone outside the University can be a co-owner of an email list, as long as at least one of the other co-owners is a University member.
All email lists must have a current faculty, student, or staff member as one of the list owners. However, an alumna/us can be a co-owner of an email list, as long as at least one of the other co-owners is a current University member.
A moderator allows the list owner to take care of membership-related tasks while shifting the responsibility for message approval to another user. Moderators do not have access to modify list membership or settings. A list owner has the privileges to moderate if no moderators are defined, but that role is removed when moderators are added because the owner's role is typically to manage the list's membership/configuration. To allow the list owner to continue to moderate the email list, they must also be added as a moderator. See Mailing Lists - Add a moderator to an email list for instructions. If you want someone to be able to handle membership tasks and message approval, you can add another owner to the list. See Mailing Lists - Add an Owner to an Email list for instructions.
I added someone as a moderator to my email list, and now I can't moderate messages on my email list!
When you add a moderator to an email list, the owner loses the ability to moderate the email list. To allow the owner to continue to moderate the email list, they must also be added as a moderator. See Mailing Lists - Add a moderator to an email list for instructions.