WiscList - Terms of Service

By using the WiscList service, you are agreeing to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions of Use and all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this service.

Eligibility Requirements

UW-Madison faculty, students and staff members are eligible for WiscList.

List Expiration

In an effort to more effectively allocate available system resources, the WiscList service has adopted a policy and process to remove unused or abandoned lists. These unused lists can impact overall system performance, negatively affect our existing license agreement, and can expose remaining list members to additional bulk mail and viruses. These measures ensure quality performance can continue for active lists and list members.

We will notify the list and/or site administrator(s) of record when we believe a particular list to no longer be in use. This will occur for any list that has not received at least one legitimate message in a 13 month period. A "legitimate message" is any message delivered to list members that has not been rated as bulk mail by the WiscMail spam service. Once notification has been sent, administrators will have 2 weeks to remove the list from the cleanup process. Removing a list from the cleanup process simply requires a message to be posted to the list. Lists remaining inactive for 2 weeks after notification will be disabled and scheduled for deletion at the conclusion of another 2 week period.

Spam Filtering

High volumes of bulk mail can pass through mailing lists and can lead some external email providers to block the successful delivery of all UW email list traffic into their systems. To prevent such unexpected mail stoppages from affecting the entire University population, we reserve the right to exclude messages identified as highly likely to be bulk mail from the allowable list traffic. Obvious bulk mail is defined as email receiving a spam score of 4 out of 7 stars by the WiscMail spam scanning service.


The scheduled maintenance window for Wisclist is every Sunday from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Please note this window is used only when necessary. The lists service will generally be live during this time.

Keywords:wisclist terms of service eligibility list expiration site standards spam filtering outage policy   Doc ID:15182
Owner:Josh O.Group:WiscList
Created:2010-09-30 18:00 CSTUpdated:2020-01-06 07:35 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscList
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