Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.
Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb
RootsWeb is in the process of migrating all of its mailing lists to
new software and this list was migrated in the last few days.
Some/most of you would have received an email from Rootsweb a few
weeks ago mentioning this.
The changeover was smooth and the changes primarily involve the
administration tools that keep the list running behind the scenes.
For those subscribed in normal LIST mode you shouldn't notice any
major changes nor do you have to do anything. DIGEST subscribers may
notice minor changes.
Below is a summary of the main differences.
The list name is changing from "LAKEMAN-L" to just "LAKEMAN".
As you are all currently subscribed, I don't need to mention the
minor differences in subscription here.
To unsub from the list, there is now only one address to use
regardless of whether you are subbed in normal or digest mode. It is
(note that the -L and -D parts have disappeared from this address).
You still need to put "unsubscribe" in both the subject and the body
of the email.
To post a message or reply to the list, you can still use the old
address for a short while. This was
but people are recommended to use the new shorter address as the '-L'
extension will be disable sometime in the future
Were you subbed in both LIST and DIGEST modes?
The new (Mailman) software does not allow a person to be subbed in
both modes with the same address. If this applies to you, one of your
subscriptions (should have been the DIGEST mode but in some cases was
the List mode) was automatically deleted when the list was migrated.
If you wish to subbed in both modes you will need two separate
address (one for each mode).
If you are subbed in DIGEST mode only, there is no problem.
Digest subscribers will notice some changes to the list digests.
Firstly, the digest volume and issue number will be different
restarting at Vol 1 Issue 1.
Secondly, the digests will arrive in either a slightly (or markedly)
different format than previous depending on your email program.
Currently the digest is defaulted to "plain" format and is a single
email that can be scrolled through. This is the only mode that works
for AOL users. Some Outlook users may however prefer the older "MIME"
format which (I believe) initially shows the headers and the user has
to click on each header to see the individual posts. I believe that
the MIME format also allows some users to easily reply to a single
post within the digest. If you would prefer the older MIME format,
please contact me privately at
and I will change your format individually. If you don't like it you
can always revert. Apparently, in the future, users will be able to
change their digest format themselves.
Headers and Filters.
If you use email headers to filter list mail to a special folder in
your email program you may need to check whether your filters will
need tweaking as some of the email headers will change.
Cross-posting and Reply-to-All.
People are strongly discouraged from cross-posting to other lists and
people. The old software would strip all other addresses found in the
To:, CC: and BCC: fields, however one problem with the new software
is that it does not strip these extra addresses, so if someone then
does a Reply-To-All, their reply will go to all the lists/people in
the original email. This can cause huge confusion and problems.
Therefore, if you want to post to multiple lists/people, please do so
using multiple emails with a single TO: address in each.
As this list is set for Reply-to-List, there is no use in people
using Reply-To-All, but if you do, please check the addresses
carefully before sending.
If you have questions/problems with the new list behaviour, please
email me privately at