As class participant lists assume greater importance, not just as mailing lists, but also for such purposes as restricting access to Web pages, the need to improve the handling of these lists increases.
Anticipating this need, IS has developed a process for automatically generating class lists from the Registrar's data. The results are like the lists that have been in common use, but have the added feature that they are automatically generated and updated each night (no more typing long lists by hand).
For example, for 23.001, the lists would be:
blanche, or the web moira interface, (or you can have the Faculty Liaisons do this at your request).
While fa03-23.001 is both a mailing list and a group, and may be used as is for either purpose, we can also set up lists/groups for you with simpler names to serve as aliases. Please contact the Faculty Liaisons (email@example.com, or x3-0115) for help.
Note that if you use the lists in this way, the aliases will need to be updated each term to point to the current term's list(s). This will not happen automatically; contact the Faculty Liaisons to have us take care of the updates, or to help check the status of your lists.
Usually, you would want this to
contain fa03-23.001-reg and
fa03-23.001-others, so that anyone on the -reg
or -other will receive mail you send to
firstname.lastname@example.org". (If you want all of the
course staff to receive mail to the list, we would instead set it
up to consist of the main list, fa03-23.001.)
You can give
system:23.001-students read access
to subdirectories of your course locker, or put
23.001-students in your
.htaccess.mit file for restricting access to web pages.
See http://web.mit.edu/acs/LockerGuide.html#HDR3.2 for details on controlling access to Athena subdirectories, and http://web.mit.edu/acs/webguide/restricting.html for details on controlling access to web pages.
To view the membership of a list including members of any sublists,
-r argument to the
blanche command on
athena% blanche -r 23.001-students
...-reglist is the same as what is available through Websis.
...-otherslist. This does not affect their registration status in any way. They must still complete their registration as usual.
...-reglists are harmless, so it's not necessary to remove someone from
...-otherswhen their registration is complete.