PAA e-mail lists & forums-how to subscribe, see archives

Submitted by Bill Crosier on January 17, 2006 - 3:45pm. ::

The Progressive Action Alliance has e-mail lists and forums that are open to everyone, and linked to each other. For example, we have a discussion list and forum that covers just about all political topics, an impeach list and forum that covers items related to impeaching Bush & Cheney, etc.

We also have cross-posting that we originally wanted to work in both directions (at least much of the time) so that messages sent to an e-mail list automatically post to the corresponding forum. However, the cross-posting from the e-mail lists to the forums isn't working properly, but few people seemed to be using the forums so this has been put on a low priority on our to-do list, and we're waiting for the next revision of our web site software to fix that bug. The cross-posting does work in the other direction, though, so that messages posted to a forum using a web browser automatically are sent to everyone who's subscribed to the corresponding e-mail list. Most people find it easier to subscribe to lists covering topics they care about, though, rather than using the forums.

To get more information on each e-mail list/forum, and/or to subscribe to any of our e-mail lists:
Go to the Forums page on our web site at . You can also get to this page by clicking on the "Forums" link at the top of any page on our web site.

On that page, you can access any of the forums by clicking on the title for that forum. For example, click on "Discussion" to bring up the Discussion forum page. Because of the bug noted above, there aren't many messages posted on the forums, but the descriptions and links for subscribing to the associated e-mail lists work.

To get more information about any of our e-mail lists, and optionally to subscribe to that list:
Click on the "Subscribe/Unsubscribe" link on the main forums page at . This will take you to the listinfo page for that e-mail list, which has a description and another link you can use to actually subscribe to the list, with e-mail list options.

To unsubscribe from any of our lists:
You can go to the same listinfo page for that list. There is also a link for unsubsribing in the headers of every message sent to each list, although you might have to change your e-mail list program preferences to display the headers. We also have another FAQ, on changing your e-mail address or name, at

Guidelines for all lists include:
* no flames (personal attacks on others posting messages to the list)
* please keep messages issue-oriented, no attachments (instead, post them to our web site and send a text message telling people how to find them)
* please delete extraneous headers, ads, etc. when replying to or forwarding someone's message.
* other guidelines are at another FAQ at

To read previous messages sent to the lists you can use the Mailman archives:
You can reach the archives for each list via the listinfo link noted above. This link is also in the footer of all messages sent to that list. For example, to get to the Discuss list archives, go to

You'll have to supply your e-mail address and password, because we only allow list subscribers to access the archives. If you don't know your password you can have the mail server send you a reminder. To do this, scroll down to the bottom of the web pages below (rather than clicking on the link for the archives), enter your e-mail address, and click on "Unsubscribe or edit options". Then on the next page, click on the "Remind" button and it will e-mail your password to you. You can go back and change it on the listinfo page (below).

To get to the PAA discussion list archives:
Go to then click on the link for "Discuss archives"

To get to the PAA announcements list archives:
Go to then click on the link for "Announce archives"

Messages with html (styled content) are difficult to read on the archives, though (another good reason to send text-only messages).

Remember that any messages you post to the e-mail lists will be seen by many people, many of whom you may not know. Therefore, as for any other e-mail list, you should NOT post any personal messages or information that you don't want others to see.