If you will not be reading email for a period of time, you should temporarily suspend your subscriptions to Listserv lists (especially high volume lists). For example, you might suspend your subscription(s) during holiday breaks.
You will need to change your subscription option to "nomail."
You can manage your Syracuse University Listserv hosted subscriptions at Listserv; choose the subscriber's corner link. You may be asked to get a password during the process.
Alternatively, you can use an email command to suspend your list postings. You will need to include a command for each of your active lists (you may send multiple commands at once).
set [software011:listname] nomail (where listname is the actual name of the list.)
For example, to set the list "clocks" to nomail, the command would be
set clocks nomail
Do not send this message to the list address (firstname.lastname@example.org, e.g., email@example.com) as this will send a message to the list!
If the list originates at a different site, use the above email procedure, but send the request to that site's Listserv address (usually of the form, listserv@some domain, e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
When you are ready to receive mail from the lists again, repeat the process above but substituting "mail" or "digest" instead of "nomail." The difference between "mail" and "digest" is that "digest" is used to collect all postings into a single "digest" that is sent at the end of the day. Note that not all lists have digest enabled. The commands are
set [software011:listname] mail (for example, "set clocks mail")
set [software011:listname] digest (for example, "set clocks digest")
If you do not have access to the web, you can query your subscription status via email
query [software011:listname] nomail (where listname is the actual name of the list.)
For example, to query the list "clocks", the command would be
To query the status of all your lists
If Listserv does not know about your list or otherwise rejects your commands, please contact your list owner.