Why can’t I see a list?

There are several reasons why a list might not be visible. Some lists are not publicly visible and are only visible to subscribers once they have logged in. To subscribe to a hidden list, send mail to
Most lists which are hidden are also private, so your list subscription will need to be approved by the list owner. If you are a list owner and you want to make your list visible, you must set the Who can view list information option to list is visible in the directory of lists (anyone).

The other reason a list might not be visible is that it has not been created yet. When you fill out a list request, the list becomes visible and editable by you, the admin. The list is not accessible by others until the list is actually approved.

Why can’t I view the list archives?

There are several reasons why you might not be able to view the archives:

  • You have disabled cookies: In order to prevent email harvesting spambots, Sympa requires a cookie in order to view the archives. If you see the button ‘I am not a spammer’ every time you try to view an archive, then you need to enable cookies.
  • You are not logged in: By default, most list archives are available only to list subscribers (members). This means that you must identify yourself as a list subscriber by logging in before you can view the archives. This is probably the case if you go to the list page and the ‘archive’ link is not clickable.
  • The list archives are closed: The owner of a list might have decided to prevent anyone from viewing the list archives.
  • The archives are broken: once is a while, a list’s archives will get totally tweaked. Usually, rebuilding them will make them visible again.