You can offer subscribers a digest of messages sent to the list-server mailing list. The list server will "archive" messages sent to the list to a digest mailbox. The accumulated messages are then sent periodically to digest subscribers as a single message. You schedule the digest to be sent on a time-basis (for example daily or weekly) or when the digest reaches a certain size. When subscribers receive a digest, it contains all the messages sent to the list since the last digest was sent. Using this page, you can add, modify, delete or search for user’s e-mail addresses in your list.
If you are not already there, select List Administration from the Administrative Account Options. Click on a list name and then click Digest.
Note: To set up a list-server mail digest, you must first enable digest mode (see List Parameters, Step 6), and then you set the options you want to use.
List Digest Options
Digest Mailbox. Enter the name of the mailbox where postings get stored before the digest mailing is sent out. A copy of all postings will be sent to: list_administrator-[email protected]. This mailbox has the following characteristics:
After a posting is sent to the digest list, the Digest Mailbox is emptied and a copy is made in the format: digestmailbox MMDD.mbx where digestmailbox is the name of the Digest Mailbox, MM is the month, and DD is the day of the posting.
The list administrator can view the mailbox by using the Web, and can delete or add messages before the posting is sent. The list administrator can also view posted digests by the MMDD format described in the previous paragraph.
Subject Line for Digest Postings. Enter the text that you want to appear as the subject line of the digest.
Strip Non-Text Attachments. Turn on this option to strip non-text attachments from messages when the digest posting is sent.
Enable Digest Separator. Turn on this option to specify lines or characters that will automatically separate messages in the digest posting. Then, click Digest Separator.txt and then enter the lines or characters that you want to use as a separator.
Enable Digest Header. Turn on this option to display text at the beginning of each digest posting. For example, you can enter the subscribe/unsubscribe information for the digest and have it appear at the beginning of every message. Then, click Digest Header.txt and enter the text. This information is saved in the digest_header.txt file.
Enable Digest Trailer. Turn on this option to display text at the beginning of each digest posting. For example, you can enter the subscribe/unsubscribe information for the digest and have it appear at the end of every message. Then, click Digest Trailer.txt and enter the text. This information is saved in the digest_trailer.txt file.
Include Headers/Trailers When Posting to Digest Mailbox. Turn on this option to have the posted digest messages include the header and or trailer messages. We recommend turning off this option as it will make the digest larger and the digest has its own header and trailer.
From the Periodicity list, select how often you want to post the digest. For example, if you select Daily and set the Next Processing Date/Time to 12/10/1999 3:00 AM, then the digest will initially be posted on 12/10/1999, and then every day thereafter at the same time.
Daily. If you want to post the digest daily, select this and set the date and time to post the digest.
Weekly. If you want to post the digest weekly, select this and set the date and time to post the digest.
Bi-Weekly. If you want to post the digest every two weeks, select this and set the date and time to post the digest.
Monthly. If you want to post the digest monthly, select this and set the date and time to post the digest.
User-defined. If you want to post the digest every nn days, select this and enter the number of days. This affects both how often the digest is posted and how it is rescheduled for the next posting.
Size-Exceeds. To specify a size that causes the digest to be published, select this and enter the number of Kilobytes. This affects both how often the digest is posted and how it is rescheduled for the next posting.
Manual. If you want the digest to be posted only when you click the Process/Send Now button, select this.
Next Processing Date/Time. If the next digest has been scheduled, the next date and time is shown. If date and time are blank, then set the next processing date and time and these values will be updated after the next processing date.
Last Processing Time. The last time that the list was sent out to the subscribed users.
Click the Set Digest Options button to save your changes.
Click the Process/Send Now button to post the digest now.