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1. Messages not going to list

Did you receive a message like this one?

Your mail to 'Presidents-chat' with the subject Re: [Presidents-chat] "Topic"
Is being held until the list moderator can review it for approval. The reason it is being held: Post by non-member to a members-only list
Either the message will get posted to the list, or you will receive notification of the moderator's decision. If you would like to cancel this posting, please visit the following URL: .../mailman/confirm/presidents-chat_cmwd-uua.org

We likely have you subscribed to the list with an address like "president@yourchurch-dot-org." If you were sending responses from that account, all would be well. Unfortunately (and this is becoming an increasing practice) this probably forwards to your personal email. So when you respond from your personal email ("you@youremail-dot-com"), the list doesn't recognize that address. So... when that happens I generally flag your personal address to allow messages to go through to the list. If you get another non-member message, watch to see whether your message gets to the list -- I am online at least each morning, so I can manually approve messages. -- Gretchen, CMwD Communications

2. Why am I not unsubscribed? My congregation elected a new (president, etc) months ago!

CMwD used to maintain a complete District Directory. The time and expense devoted to this project, and the inherent frustration in trying to keep changing data accurate, along with the fact that the UUA maintained much the same information, led us to a decision to populate our e-mail announcement and chat lists from the UUA's data instead.

The one issue present in this system, is that it depends on congregations updating their leadership information with the UUA. So while we do respond to individual requests to subscribe or unsubscribe someone, it helps all of us if your congregational administrator or other designated person contacts the UUA whenever there are changes in leadership in your congregation. The UUA's Data Services team is terrific at responding to questions and helpinng you get started or figure out specifics of their system.

This page of our website has ways to help you help us stay up-to-date: https://www.midamericauua.org/about-us/congregational-leadership-update

Explore the first two if you have any questions, otherwise the appropriate person from your congregation can click the big pink button to go directly to myuua.org and log in to update your congregation's information.

3. What are these lists anyway and why am I on them?

CMwD utilizes two types of list. One is for announcements only, and you cannot respond to the list. If the UUA lists you in a leadership position, CMwD puts you on the appropriate list. The other type is our "chat" list, set up for discussions among people with similar leadership positions, say presidents or administrators. You may choose to opt out of a chat list. There are several ways. One is to respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line. The other good way is to use the yellow button on our website's main page to request a change. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us directly!

4. Tech stuff: what program is used for these lists?

The chat lists are set up on a very popular program called Mailman, the same one the UUA uses. It's not very fancy but at least you don't get bombarded with advertisements like the "free" Google or Yahoo groups.

The announcement lists are part of a newsletter program called Acajoom that is part of our website structure. It has the advantage of allowing us to place people in multiple roles on multiple lists.