Chapters 3 : Basic Internet Services
Sections 2 : Infromation on the Internet
Mailing lists are a special form of e-mail. These are message to which you
subscribe. There are a large amount of mailing list on various topics.
The mailing list is controled by the list administrator. The administrator
is the person that monitors and ensures the mailing list is working. The
mailing list is run on a machine referred to as the list server or 'listserv'
All messages are sent to the list server. The list server then mails a copy of
the message to every one who has subscribed, directly to your personalized mailbox.
maintained list of mailing lists is at
A Listserv is a program the mailing list administrator uses to help
manage the mailing list. It helps users to subscribe and unsubscribe
automatically without human contact. The list administtator has subsciption
options that can be set. The listserv also allows the subscriber to
setup options on how to send the mailing list message to them.
An additional advantage of listserv is it can provide a block of messages
to the subscriber at one time instead of individually. This block of
messages is often referred to as the digest format. Lastly listserv
provides the mailing lists information in an organized format making it
easier to quickly find information about the lists topics.
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