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    What is a Mailing List?

    A mailing list is a single address to which you can send mail, and have it automatically redistributed to a number of people with similar interests. Most of these are unmoderated, which means that whatever you send will be seen by everyone on the mailing list. Email to a moderated mailing list goes to a person first, who then passes it on to the group (after perhaps editing it).

    Signing Up

    To get yourself onto a mailing list so that you can receive mail sent to it, you must subscribe to the list. In general, to be added to a mailing list, send mail to the -request version of the address, with the word subscribe in the subject line. This avoids flooding the mailing list with annoying and trivial administrative requests. To unsubscribe, send mail to the -request version of the address, with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.

    It is expected that you have have first checked "obvious" sources of information, such as this site or the newsgroup FAQ's, before posting a question to a mailing list.

    Scheme-related mailing lists and newsgroups are listed in the Scheme FAQ, and AI-related mailing lists and newsgroups are listed in the AI FAQ.

    If you find that any of these addresses are incorect, please contact us.

    General Lisp Mailing Lists:
    Technical discussion of Common Lisp.
    Low volume moderated mailing list associated with the Lisp Utilities Repository at CMU. (Also known as
    A mailing list concerning the contents of the Lisp FAQ posting only.
    Forum for use by members (current and prospective) of the Association of Lisp Users. It is bidirectionally gatewayed into the newsgroup This is an organizational mailing list, not a technical forum.
    Lisp related topics that are of interest to a European and/or German audience, such as the activities of the German Lisp Users Group.
    Apolitical disussion of things Lisp (all dialects). A digest is available by mailing to with subscribe as the only body of the message.

    Particular Flavors of Lisp:
    CMU Common Lisp bug reports.
    Symbolics Lisp Users Group Archived on and
    Franz Allegro Common Lisp.
    Lisp on the Amiga.
    Kyoto Common Lisp Archived in Forwards to
    TI Explorer Lisp Machine
    TI Explorer Lisp Machine
    Xerox/Envos Lisp machine environment, InterLisp-D, and Medley. Gatewayed to the newsgroup Will be moving to
    The Franz Lisp Language.
    Maintainers of Franz Lisp.
    lispos@math.gatech.ed and lispvm@math.gatech.ed
    These discus the creation of a PC based Lisp Operating System, and embeddable Virtual Machine, respectively. See also, the home page for the issue.
    Gwydion Dylan. Subscribe by sending "subscribe gd-hacker" in the body of a message to

    Lisp Windowing Systems:
    Common Lisp Window System Discussions.
    CLX (Common Lisp X Windows)
    Common Lisp Interface Manager discusses efforts to create a free version.
    Common Lisp User-Interface Environment
    Express Windows
    Garnet (send mail to or to be added)
    GINA and CLM
    WINTERP (OSF/Motif Widget INTERPreter)

    Lisp Object-Oriented Programming: (same as
    Discussion related to CLOS, PCL, and object-oriented programming in Lisp. The name is in honor of the first freely-available implementation of CLOS, Xerox PARC's Portable Common Loops, and was originally the mailing list for discussing that implementation. Now gatewayed to the comp.lang.clos newsgroup. The mailing list is archived on in the directory pub/lispusers/commonloops. The CLOS code repository is in pub/lispusers/clos.
    Technical issues for Persistent Lisp Objects (aka PLOB) (like installing and using it) and persistency in general. New versions will also be announced to this list.


    Only job offers should be sent to these mailing lists. It is also common practice to send Lisp specific offers or job requests to various newsgroups, including comp.lang.lisp,, and to a lesser extent comp.lang.clos.
    Job offers requiring a knowledge of Lisp.
    Job offers requiring a knowledge of Lisp.
    To subscribe, send mail to with
    subscribe lisp-jobs First-Name Last-Name, Affiliation 
    in the message body and no Subject line. Instead of lisp-jobs, you can also subscribe to ai-jobs.
    You can get help regarding the mailserver by sending mail to with with help in the message body and no subject line, or by sending questins to
    Recent postings are also sometimes listed at CMU,,",,
    Other, more general job newsgroups. The .offered versions are for offering a job, not for telling the world that you are looking.

    Use of Lisp and Lisp-based systems in statistics.
    For garbage collection (i.e. automated memory management) issues in Lisp and other languages.