is a listserv?
listserv is a special interest online discussion group which
you access through your e-mail. It is a list of e-mail
address of people interested in the same topic. Once you
subscribe to the list you will receive all messages posted to
the list. And, when you send a message to the list, all
of the people who have joined receive a copy. You may
actively participate in the discussion or just listen in --
this is called "lurking."
are run by software programs called mailing list managers (MLMs).
There are two types of lists:
lists - have a moderator (list owner) who filters messages.
(You may not post messages yourself)
lists - everyone on the list may participate (post)
without any filtering
a list ......
are thousands of discussion lists on the Internet. For
a list in your major, consult the subject page created by your
broader subject coverage try:
listserv has TWO important addresses:
list administrator address and a list address.
A list administrator address is for subscribing and unsubscribing.
The list address is for posting messages.
you first subscribe, the list administrator software will send
you a reply which tells you how to participate in the list and
how to unsubscribe, should you wish to do so.
to a list
to a list by sending an e-mail to the list administrator address
and placing the following in the first line of the actual message:
[name of list] [your first name] [your last name]
subscribe ruralswk Jane Smith
not put anything else in the message. (Please note that
some listservs may use different commands. The lists of
discussion groups above will usually provide special instructions
in these cases.)
from a list
you don't like a list, find your e-mail box too full, or are
going on vacation, you may wish to be removed from a listserv.
To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to the list administrator
address with the following in the body of the message:
[name of list]
information on more advanced listserv operations such as obtaining
a list of subscribers and obtaining archives for your listserv,
Milles' Mailing List Manager Commands (new
for working with listservs
the list instructions sent to you when you subscribe.
This will help you participate and sign off the list, should
you wish to do so.
from listservs when you go on vacation. (Some lists
may have a vacation option.) That way you won't overflow
some time getting to know the group before posting. ('Lurk')
clear, concise messages.
whether a response to a message should be sent to the entire
group or just to one individual.
courteous. Remember that your message is sent to a very
large public forum.
remember that your message is sent to people from diverse
cultures and those with a different mind set. You are
communicating by words alone. So, be careful in
your use of humor, and avoid sarcas