New Mailman Archives

Last updated: January 23, 2024

About Mailman Archives

If your mailing list is set up to archive messages, you can view and send messages in the archives. Only list owners can set up archiving. Archived messages are saved for two years. For more information, see the Mailman archive policy.

Public archives

Messages sent to a Mailman list can be made available to everyone through public archives, which are indexed by online search engines such as Google and Bing. List owners can choose whether to keep archives of list messages and whether those archives should be kept private or made public.

Access the archives

  1. Log in to your list administration screen.
    • In the address window of your web browser, enter
    • Near the top of the page, click Log in, and then enter your UW NetID and password.
  2. In the top menu, click Archives.
    Screen shot of archives button
  3. The next page displays the available lists. You can hide inactive and private lists by checking the boxes in the top left corner.screen capture of list types
  4. Locate a list’s archives and click the list.

View and reply to messages

  1. Select how to view messages.
    • On the top navigation, you may select to view the most Recent discussions, Most active, Most popular, your Favorites (ones you’ve flagged), and Posted (discussions where you have posted a message). Screen shot of archive buttons (ex. Recent, Most active...)
    • On the side navigation, you may select to view threads by month or view all threads. side navigation
  2. To view a message, click the message title.
  3. To reply to a message, click Reply located at the bottom left of the message, type your message, and click Send.
    • Note: If you are not a subscriber to the list, you will be automatically subscribed when you send a message. Reload the page to see your response; you may need to wait a couple of minutes. Messages sent from the archives will be emailed to list subscribers.

Start a new thread

You may start a new thread on several pages in the archives:

  • On your main archives page, click +Start a new thread on the top left corner.
    start new thread button
  • If you are viewing a message, click Reply and check the Create new thread box.
    New thread checkbox
  • On the All threads page, start a new thread by clicking +Start a new thread on the top right corner.
    start new thread button
  • To navigate back to the archive’s main page, click W Mailman on the top left corner, to navigate to the Mailing lists page, click Manage lists in the upper right corner.