List Owner vs List Subscriber
Both list owners and list subscribers can post messages to the list and receive messages from the list. However, there are other differences that you need to be aware of.
List Owners are set up from the mail-list account (Your primary email address) under "List Moderator Settings" at http://database.mail-list.com:
List Owner Rules
List owners cannot unsubscribe themselves. They must be removed by updating the online mail-list account. This prevents pranksters from removing you from your own list.
List owners cannot put themselves on the list like a normal subscriber. They are already on the list, and our system silently ignores any request to join your list.
List owners cannot switch that address to the digest version of the list, nor can they go on vacation or change their address like other subscribers.
If a list owner wants to also be on the digest, use another email address, like a free Gmail account.
So when you are testing how the list works from a normal subscribers point of view, please use some other address than your list owner email address(es).
List Subscribers Rules
List subscribers can get on your list a variety of ways.
List subscribers can ask to join by sending a blank email to email@example.com.
You may provide them with a signup form on your web page, so that they can start the process there.
You may just add them to your list via the APPENDLIST or FORCEON commands.
Once on your list, list subscribers can switch to the digest version, change their address, put themselves into vacation mode, and unsubscribe themselves. All by themselves, without any intervention from the list owners.
If the subscriber's ISP returns error messages (bounces), then our system will automatically remove the bad email address after so many bounces. You can adjust the number of bounces allowed to suit your needs.
If your list sends out infrequently, then removing the bad address after 1 bounce may be a good idea. That way you know immediately when there is a problem.
If your list sends out many messages in a day, you may want to increase the number of bounces to the highest setting. This way when somebody has a problem, like a full mailbox, they do not get removed from the list right away.