LINGUIST List 25.4142

Mon Oct 20 2014

All: Changes in the LISTSERV and website configuration

Editor for this issue: Malgorzata Cavar <>

Date: 20-Oct-2014
From: Malgorzata Cavar <>
Subject: All: Changes in the LISTSERV and website configuration
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Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

as we were informing you some weeks ago, the relocation of the LINGUIST List to Indiana University involved significant changes of the IT-technology and infrastructure. These changes were all necessary, and aiming at the improvement of the service and the reduction of extremely high software licensing costs. The transfer was not simple and easy, and we are happy that we are almost done with the changes and the migration of all services. The number of disruptions and problems should be reduced significantly in the next days.


Unfortunately, all the changes caused some issues with the mailing list. As far as the LISTSERV is concerned, some of your individual settings were reset in the configuration due to the software migration and update. Many subscribers of the LINGUIST list set their subscription status in the past to ''no mail'' instead of unsubscribing. They were still subscribed, but did not receive any email from LINGUIST. This setting has been reset and they started receiving again emails from LINGUIST, wondering about that, being convinced that they unsubscribed long time ago. For some subscribers this happened after years of silence from LINGUIST. Some subscribers used an old email address to subscribe and do not remember it anymore. To be able to post to LINGUIST or provide specific information on the website using your login and password, you do not need to be subscribed to the list. The website uses a different password which is not linked to the accounts on the list-server, and everybody can submit to the LINGUIST List.

We have corrected many problems with personal accounts, and we are sorry for causing this flooding of your mailbox. If we could have avoided this problem, we would have done so. It was technically impossible to handle all the thousands of email addresses and accounts individually (we estimate more than 100,000 subscribers in all hosted lists on our servers), and the migration of the servers had to happen in a very short period of time.
You can change the configuration of the LISTSERV easily yourself. If you are being flooded with LINGUIST emails and do not want to read those, or if you want to subscribe only to LINGLITE or set the mode to Daily Digest, go to the link at the bottom of every mail to configure your account:

At the bottom of the page is a button ''Unsubscribe or edit options'' that takes you to a simpler form, which allows you to unsubscribe or receive a reminder about your password. You need to provide the email address with which you registered, nothing else, i.e. a password is not necessary.

If you select ''Unsubscribe'', you will receive a confirmation email with a link that you have to click to finalize the unsubscribe process. It is that simple.
If you did not receive or set a password, or if you do not remember it, you can get a reminder by clicking ''Remind''.

If you want to change your subscription setting to receive a Daily Digest (one large mail with all LINGUIST mails of the day), you can log in via the web interface at the URL above and configure your account, or simply send an email from your subscribed email account to:

with the following text in either the Subject-line or Body of the email:

set digest plain

If you want to subscribe to LINGUIST or LINGLITE, please use the web-interface at the respective URLs to do so, and select all the options accordingly (digest mode, MIME or plain, etc.):



We are now using the open source list-server software Mailman. It is used at many institutions all over the world, and it is well documented online. Your local system administrator or IT-team should be able to help you with issues related to your subscription. If you have problems changing your subscription status or local experts cannot help you, let us know.

Social media

You might have noticed that besides email as a dissemination channel of LINGUIST List postings, there is a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a Google+ page where links to all your postings from LINGUIST List are published. These social media sites and accounts are used now by more people than the mailing list.

RSS feeds

We have changed the settings and configuration of the RSS-feed of LINGUIST List. It is now freely available without registration, and if you use some RSS-feed plugin in your browser, you should see the provided RSS-feeds in the appropriate browser menu. The meta information about the RSS-feeds is integrated into the meta-information of every LINGUIST List webpage.

Other meta-information

We are working on the extension of the meta-information of the pages to support common meta-tags for publications or content types that is used by for example Google Scholar, Pinterest, or other systems that aggregate content information and provide very useful insights or linking mechanisms. This means that adding information about people, institutions, programs, papers, dissertations, and publications on the LINGUIST List pages and submission of such information to LINGUIST will have an impact on for example Google Scholar scores and links. It will definitely help to discover such content much easier using advanced facilities that go beyond of classical search engines. We would be happy to extend these meta-tagging strategies to information about linguistically relevant software, language data and corpora.

Once again, sorry for the inconvenience and extra work with the individual configurations of the LISTSERV accounts.

We hope that you stay with us and continue supporting the LINGUIST List service improvements.

The LINGUIST List Team

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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