Popular Lab Mailing Lists
Lists you’re automatically subscribed to
You are automatically subscribed to several mailing lists:
- csail-all – Important CSAIL announcements. examples
- csail-announce – Announcements about CSAIL Events. examples
- csail-local – A discussion list for current CSAIL members in this time of social distancing. examples and more information
- csail-internal – CSAIL internal announcements. more information
- seminars – Announcements of seminars sponsored by CSAIL or of interest to its members.
- floor mailing lists (second-floor, third-floor, d4, g4, d5, g5, g6, g7, g8, g9)
- grads, undergrads, or other lists based on your status.
- alliances-announce – announcements to the CSAIL community about programs run by the CSAIL Alliances group.
: Mailing lists shown above with “” after them are generated automatically from the CSAIL HR personnel database (“Peeps”); you can’t subscribe or unsubscribe from them yourself or change your email address on them. For those lists, you should email email@example.com if you believe you should be subscribed but are not, want to unsubscribe, or want to change what email address is listed for you. (You’re subscribed under the email address HR has for you in the database, which may not be your CSAIL email address.) Read more about Peeps-managed mailing lists here.
If you wish to unsubscribe from one of the mailing lists shown without “” above, follow the link to the mailman page for that mailing-list and then follow the directions at the bottom of the page.
: You are automatically subscribed to the lists listed above with
“” after them under your
@csail.mit.edu address when you get
your CSAIL (login/Kerberos/INQUIR) account. But you can unsubscribe at
will or change your email address.
: These two lists are partly Peeps-managed opt-out mailing lists; you get added to them automatically when you’re added to the “Peeps” CSAIL HR database, but you can unsubscribe at any time. (You can’t change your own address, though; the new address will automatically get unsubscribed.)
Other lists you may want to join
There are several other mailing lists at the lab that you may find it helpful to subscribe to.
- workstations-announce – Announcements regarding TIG-supported workstation platforms.
- workstation-discuss – Discussion and help with CSAIL Ubuntu workstations.
- java-hackers – Java programming discussion and help.
- cyclists – Bicycing, parking, and other human-powered transport issues; low-volume. examples
- matlab-users – Discussion and announcements related to the Matlab package from Mathworks.
- vultures – Announcements about free food at CSAIL.
- machine-shop – CSAIL machine shop announcements.
- csail-lasercutter – CSAIL laser cutter problems, tips, and questions.
- stata-reuse – Reuse list for the Stata community only.
Searching the archives
Before you ask a question on one of the mailing lists, you may find it helpful to search the archive for previous discussion of the topic. Unfortunately, many of the archives are viewable by list members only, so they are not indexed by public web search engines, and Mailman does not provide a way to search them either. One way to search an archive (suggested by rmccutch, 2016-01-26):
git clone https://github.com/philgyford/mailman-archive-scraper/
- Install dependencies:
sudo dnf install python-BeautifulSoup python-clientform python-mechanize python-PyRSS2Gen
- Download MailmanArchiveScraper.cfg and fill in the name of the list you want to search and your member email address and password.
python ./MailmanGzTextScraper.py && cat downloadtext/*.txt >all.mbox
- Search all.mbox using your favorite tool. Your usual desktop email application will likely work: create a local folder, import all.mbox, and search the folder. Alternatively, notmuch is supposed to scale well.
If you’d be interested in a centrally supported solution, please communicate that to TIG.
Examples of messages appropriate to each list
csail-all list is generally used for official announcments by
CSAIL HQ and TIG, such as
- fire alarm testing
- announce building damage
- vassar street traffic flow changes
- network outages
- csail research abstracts
- energy crisis
Attachments in proprietary formats will not be permitted, and plain text without attachments is strongly encouraged.
- next Monday and Tuesday are institvte holidays.
- invitation to a commencement reception
- csail awarded 10k cpu hours on sun grid
- Nominations for the Dertouzos Lecture Series
- CSAIL organizational changes
- Announcement for Dertouzos Lecture Series
- 4th floor terrace furniture has arrived
- GSL (one announcement per term)
- GSB (one announcement per term)
- CSW (one announcement per term)
- Olympics (one announcement per term)
- Holiday party invitation (one announcement per term)
- come to the 4th floor for ice cream social in two weeks.
- new csail lab calendar
- machine shop mess
- new course announcement
- sign up for ___ IM sport (one announcement per sport per term)
csail-local mailing list is for the discussion of topics of broad
interest to CSAIL members. Course announcements, calls for papers,
calls for participation, and other unofficial announcements should not
be sent to this list.
You are automatically subscribed to this list when you become a CSAIL member (specifically, when you’re added to the CSAIL HR database), and removed when you leave. However, you can unsubscribe if you like. (See here for more information about this kind of list; in particular, you need CSAIL HR’s help if you want to change the address you’re subscribed under.)
Examples of things you might see on this list:
- “I need an SCART cable in a hurry; does anyone have one?”
- questions about package delivery during social-distancing
- door/elevator problems
- Stata-wide mouse/food/refrigerator problems (but floor lists may be more appropriate for specific locations)
- “What’s the best way to share my screen from an Android tablet to a Windows box?” (For help from TIG, use firstname.lastname@example.org; this list is for when you need to ask a more general audience.)
csail-internal is an announcement list with the same membership as
csail-all (i.e., it’s automatically generated from HQ’s list of
current CSAIL members), but a somewhat wider scope. As with
you can’t unsubscribe, but you can turn off mail delivery (effectively
unsubscribing), or select a daily digest rather than individual
messages. You can do that at the bottom of its general list information
- someone locked my bike to theirs. come get it or lose it.
- how do I fix X?
- do you have a patch kit/spoke wrench/etc.
- we’re having a cycle repair workshop, wanna come?
- I’m going for a ride, wanna come?