Changes to H-Net mailing lists

For over two decades, H-Net has used the venerable and high-powered LISTERV product to provide mailing list services for its networks and scholarly partners.  With our move to the H-Net Commons five years ago, and the attendant reduction in mail volume, it became difficult to justify spending H-Net's limited dollars on a support contract for the software.  As part of our modernization campaign, H-Net is now retiring LISTSERV.  We'll continue to operate a mailing list server using the open source software package mailman, to cover the few lists which still remain active.  Note that the majority of H-Net's public mailing lists have been converted to networks in the H-Net Commons.

The changes outlined here will take effect on January 16, 2019.

In the instructions below, we use listname (thusly underlined and bolded) in URLs and email addresses to represent the actual name of the list in question, and you'll need to substitute the relevant list name.

Interacting with mailman by web and email are somewhat different than doing so with LISTSERV.  You may want to:


Posting to a list is essentially unchanged.  You should continue to address list posts to the same address (<listname@lists.h-net.org>) as always.  Responses from mailman are of course phrased differently.  You may need to know that H-Net no longer uses hostnames ending in h-net.msu.edu; see here for more details.


To subscribe to a list:

  • To subscribe by email: address a message to <listname-subscribe@lists.h-net.org>.  The message needs no specific subject or body content.  You will receive a confirmation request by from mailman via email.
  • By web: visit https://lists.h-net.org/mailman/listinfo/listname.  Find the section labeled "Subscribing to ...", fill in the fields there, and click the "Subscribe" button.

To unsubscribe from a list:

  • To unsubscribe by email: address a message to <listname-unsubscribe@lists.h-net.org>.  The message needs no specific subject or body content.  You will receive a confirmation request by from mailman via email.
  • By web: visit https://lists.h-net.org/mailman/listinfo/listname.  Find the section labeled "... Subscribers", enter your email address in the field next to the "Unsubscribe or edit options" button, and click that button.  On the resulting page, find the section labeled "Unsubscribing from ...", check the "Yes" checkbox, and click the "Unsubscribe" button.

To manage your existing subscription visit https://lists.h-net.org/mailman/listinfo/listname.  Find the section labeled "... Subscribers", enter your email address in the field next to the "Unsubscribe or edit options" button, and click that button.  On the resulting page, you will be able to change various settings including:

  • Your email address
  • Your name
  • Your list password
  • Your mail/nomail status
  • Your mail/digest status

It is no longer possible to manage your list using email commands.  You must use the list management web interface.  The old email address listserv@lists.h-net.org no longer exists.


As always, the H-Net Help Desk stands ready to assist you if you have trouble.  Write to help@mail.h-net.org, or call +1-517-432-5134 between 9am and 5pm weekdays, US Eastern time.