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The Org mailing list is an English language forum for discussing Org and related topics. The list requires a subscription from a confirmed email address to post.

It is used by the diverse community of Org developers, maintainers, contributors, experienced users, and new and prospective users both for discussion and as a repository of information. It was established by the creator of Org-mode, Carsten Dominik, who enjoys the different perspectives and range of interests expressed there.

The list is less formal and more diverse than a site like stackoverflow, which has an org-mode section. Subscribers' messages to the list aren't moderated and there is no formal mechanism to rate questions, answers, or reputations.

Consider joining Org IRC for real time help, simple questions, and to chat with other Org users.

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You can browse the mailing list archives and search the message history at:

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Use of plain text email is strongly preferred.

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Please label feature requests in the subject, perhaps with "[FR] Please add X".

It's good to have a separate email thread per request, then everyone can discuss the merits of the suggestion.

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Bug reports may be submitted to the mailing list. Please label them appropriately with a tag "[BUG]" and include detailed information on how to reproduce the bug.

Consider including the output of M-x report-emacs-bug in your message.

Please attached a Minimum Working Example that can be used. See these links for additional ideas regarding MWEs.


Be patient with bug reports. Maintainer time is limited and it is likely your issue will benefit from discussion in the overall community.

The list and makes it easier to keep track of important Org announcements such as new releases, confirmed bugs, help requests and user-significant changes.

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To confirm a bug, just add X-Woof-Bug: confirmed in the headers of your reply to the list.

See for detailed usage explanations and Woof announcement on the list.

What to do before posting a question

Please see the following FAQs:

What to do if you don't receive an answer

If your email is referenced on, it will get the attention of the maintainers when they have enough time. (Remember they work on a volunteer basis.)

If your email is not referenced there and you think it deserves more attention, you can do this:

  • If it is a bug report, check that you provided enough information,
  • especially the Org and Emacs versions and a step-by-step recipe to reproduce the bug.
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If you have nothing special to add to your first message and just want to "bump" the thread, please wait at least one month before doing so.

See for more.

COMMENT Statistics (as of sept. 19th 2010)

Scope and method

Here are a few stats that I computed from the server archives.

I concatenated the archives into one single mbox file, then I used a small utility called gnus-stat.el.


Total number of posts: 30810
Average bytes/post: -1.000000
Total number of posters: 1402
Average posts/poster: 21.975749
Posts Authors
6325 Carsten Dominik
1227 Bastien
1169 Bernt Hansen
806 Sebastian Rose
762 Eric Schulte
574 Nick Dokos
474 Eric S Fraga
431 Samuel Wales
426 Dan Davison
415 Manish
386 David Maus
374 Leo
363 Sébastien Vauban
342 Matthew Lundin
279 Matt Lundin
271 Adam Spiers
269 Richard Riley
267 Rainer Stengele
248 Russell Adams
242 Tassilo Horn
Total number of subjects: 10085
Average posts/subject: 3.055032
# posts Subject
71 [Orgmode] Re: Sourceforge community award
56 [Orgmode] Re: [ANN] Org-babel integrated into Org-mode
51 [Orgmode] Re: Behavior of Gnus when called from an hyperlink
46 [Orgmode] Re: IMPORTANT: (possibly) incompatible Change
45 [Orgmode] depending TODOs, scheduling following TODOs automatically
43 [Orgmode] Beamer support in Org-mode
39 [Orgmode] Re: keys and command name info
38 [Orgmode] POLL: the 40 variables project
35 [Orgmode] Re: Org now fontifies code blocks
34 [Orgmode] Re: New beamer support
33 [Orgmode] Re: POLL: Change of keys to move agenda through time
33 [Orgmode] Re: org-mode on sloooow computer
32 [Orgmode] iPhone ----> org-mode
30 [Orgmode] Re: Support (or not) for Emacs 21, and XEmacs
30 [Orgmode] Re: DocBook exporter for Org-mode
29 [Orgmode] Poll: Who is using these commands
29 [Orgmode] Re: log on state change
28 [Orgmode] Re: contact management in org-mode?
28 [Orgmode] property searches for #+CATEGORY
28 [Orgmode] XHTML export -   etc.