There are several types of automated mailing lists or discussion groups, and the commands, although somewhat similar, vary from one type to the other. Remember to send commands to your list’s listserver address (not its regular mailing address) and to leave the subject line of your email message blank unless otherwise instructed. The most common program is “listserve” and the command SUB Listname Your Name subscribes you to a list, and the command SIGNOFF Listname Your Name unsubscribes you. For a brief explanation of mailing list commands, see Edwin Duncan’s Guide to Academic Discussion Lists. In the following descriptions you are instructed to send email to the list address. Instructions like “send email with the subject “subscribe” you would not include quotation marks in the subject you enter.
When you join a new mailing list, discussion group, or blog comment thread, you are joining a community. Be courteous, and lurky, quietly for a week or two, reading and following discussions but not actively engaging. This will allow you to learn what the community conventions are, and, not unimportantly, who knows what they are talking about, and who doesn’t. Here’s some excellent advice about academic mailing lists, and how to participate without being exploitive or annoying.
- This site will let you search a large database of mailing lists.
- Arthurnet is a moderated discussion list about all things Arthurian, sponsored by the journal Arthuriana. To subscribe send email saying “subscribe Arthurnet yourname” to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might first visit the ArthurNet web site
- SMO List of Lists
- This is really the very best page I’ve seen on Celtic lists. Just look here first.
- The Celtic Culture List (In English). To join, send a message to email@example.com containing the line “subscribe Celtic-L Your Name”.
- This list is designed for teachers of Celtic languages. Join by sending the message “sub CELTIC-T your name” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Celtling is for discussion of Modern Celtic linguistics, information about conferences, and publications about Celtic Linguistics. Subscribe by sending “subscribe celtling Your Name” to email@example.com.
- Cornish Studies List
- To join send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message: “subscribe Cornish-Studies-L your e-mail address”. To unsubscribe send e-mail to email@example.com with the message “unsubscribe Cornish-Studies-L your e-mail address”. For help send a message “help” to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also an archive available on
- Focal an Lae
- The Word of the Day in Irish, including the word, meaning, usage history,and the Scottish Gaelic equivalent. The list is not intended for discussion. To subscribe to focail-list, send an email message to email@example.com with the message “subscribe focail-list your name”. There is an archive
For Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx discussions, primarily for discussions *in* those languages although short English only messages from learners are OK. Subscribe by sending “subscribe gaelic-l YOUR NAME” to the Listserver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaelic-L has an extensive library of reference material. Send the command “Get Gaelic-L filelist” to find out what’s available once you’ve joined, or visit the archive. There is an archive.
- Irish and N. Irish Law
- Join by sending the message “sub irishlaw your name” to email@example.com. The web page, with a subscription form and archive is here
- For discussion of Irish traditional music. To join, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the line “subscribe IRTRAD-L Your Name”
- Old Irish List
- The Old-Irish-List is a forum for the discussion of Old and Middle
Irish and their literature. The working languages of this list are English, Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Relevant contributions in other languages are also welcome. The emphasis of the list is on Old and Middle Irish, but Primitive (Ogham) Irish and Continental Celtic (Gaulish, Celtiberian, etc.) as well as modern Celtic languages are also discussed when they are relevant to Old Irish. This list is not intended as a forum for discussion of present-day Celtic reconstructions of any nature. Discussions of Celtic cultures in general, or of modern fictional reworkings of ancient themes, should be directed to other lists which already serve that purpose very well, such as Celtic-L. Further information is available on the OLD-IRISH-L web site, which also offers an archive of past posts. To subscribe send email to email@example.com with the subject “subcribe.” Please be sure to put this in the Subject Line, NOT in the body of the message, which you should leave blank. If you have any question about the OLD-IRISH-L list, write to the list owners at the generic address.
- Old Norse Net
- To subscribe to Oldnorsenet email firstname.lastname@example.org with the message “subscribe oldnorsenet Your Name”.Technical support email@example.com. There is an archive.
- Scottish, Celtic, Medieval History List
- Send e-mail to LYRIS@maillist.dundee.net; in the body of the message, type “subscribe Scot-Celt-medieval. You may also subscribe via the world wide web.
- For Welsh, Cornish and Breton speakers, although short English only messages from learners are OK. To join, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the line “subscribe Welsh-L Your Name”. Welsh-L has a library of reference materials about Welsh. Send the command “Get Welsh-L filelist” to find out what’s available once you’ve joined.