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What is a Mailing List? 
by Gleason Sackmann

 

2014 HOW BIG IS EMAIL?
Estimating the size of the world’s communications.

Email is about 3x the size of the web and accounts for more than half of the Internet, Email traffic is 69.6% spam. If there’s 3x as much as email as there is web, there’s 3x as much spam as there is email! 150 billion is an impossibly large number, and that’s each day. If you printed one day of the world’s emails out, the stack of paper would be 10,000 miles high. A month of them would reach to the moon. The average email is 75 kilobytes (except spam, which is about 5k and 69.6% of traffic), which means a day of email traffic is about 4 petabytes. There’s 2.3 billion email users worldwide, and the average mailbox stores 8,024 messages. If we assume that most spam gets deleted, that puts the world’s total volume of stored email at 1,400 petabytes. Put another way: globally, we store about one year of email history. <more>

HISTORY
THE Irish Roots of black rent, white rent "Blackmail" whitemail and buttock-mail.
“Blackmail” has its roots in the early 16th century, first used by English farmers living on the England/Scotland border. It derives from the Middle English word “male” which itself is thought to derive from the Old English word “mal”. In Old English “Mal” is described as thus:“lawsuit, terms, bargaining, agreement”.

INTRODUCTION

 

8/14/14 Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet

Rich in applications for reaching out to the world. Goes by different names......

WHAT IS A MAILING LIST?

 

 

Who Uses Lists?

Applications

Basic List Types

What Do You Need?

All you need is an email client. But to handle the flood of messages, you really need an email client that can:

LIST BASICS

Evolution

You Name It

Anything you are interested in - an example of a list like this might be NetHappenings™ which Karen Ellis runs now or you might check out CreoleTALK,
Cul De Sac Online Curriculum.

Others might be, Pro juggling, African Violets, Medicine Ethics etc. there are as many as there are interested people in this world who want to talk about it.

List Administration

Lists are often managed manually or through a combination of manual and low tech tools. To ease the potentially overwhelming task of running a list, mailing list manager software, MLM, is often used to automate the process.

Mailing List Addresses

Who Does What!

List Culture

Emoticons

Expressions / Acronyms

Email shorthand - Useful for everyday contacts

Getting The Most Out Of Lists

Do's and Don'ts!

Netiquette:

When you reply

<snip> part of the previous email to remind everyone what the point was </snip>

and then add your own reply.

This makes email easier to download because it is smaller and it is also cleaner, easier to follow the thread and understand. This is especially useful for the people who are on digest getting email only once a day when there are several messages and replies in the digest.

Mailing List Managers

User Usability

A List atmosphere is imposed by both the MLM itself and the particular style its owner applies. Once a user is on a list and is familiar with its methods, you need to consider list options:

Basic List Commands

Sending Commands

LISTSERV listserv@listserv.net / listserv@host.domain
Listproc listproc@listproc.net /listproc@host.domain
Majordomo majordomo@host.domain

Signing Up For A List

LISTSERV SUBscribe listname Firstname Lastname
Listproc Subscribe / JOIN listname Firstname Lastname
Majordomo subscribe listname [address]

Once You Are On A List

Many lists will email you a subscription confirmation message that you must mail back to activate your membership. Once you do, you'll get a welcome message outlining the purpose of the list and the basic commands, including instructions for terminating your subscription. Keep This Message!

Leaving a List

LISTSERV UNSUBscribe / SIGNOFF listname
Listproc UNSUBscribe / SIGNOFF listname
Majordomo UNSUBscribe listname [address]

 

Replying to Posts

LISTSERV listserv@listserv.net / listserv@host.domain
Listproc listproc@listproc.net / listproc@host.domain
Majordomo majordomo@host.domain

Posting New Messages

LISTSERV listname@listserv.net / listname@host.domain
Listproc listname@listproc.net / listname@host.domain
Majordomo listname@host.domain

Receive / Cancel Digest Postings

LISTSERV SET listname DIGests / NODIgests
Listproc SET listname MAIL DIGEST/ACK (NOACK POSTPONE)
Majordomo subscribe listname-digest & unsubscribe listname

Suspend / Resume Mail Receipt

LISTSERV SET listname NOmail / Mail
Listproc SET listname MAIL POSTPONE/ACK(NOACK DIGEST)
Majordomo not available



TO SUBSCRIBE TO A LIST:

Send a message to the ecartis account on the server (you can just reply to this message).  In the subject field, enter "subscribe [listname]".  Or, you can send a message to "[listname]-request" with a subject of "subscribe".

TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM A LIST:
Send a message to the ecartis account on the server (you can just reply to this message).  Enter "unsubscribe [listname]" in the subject field.  You can also send a message to "[listname]-request" with a subject of "unsubscribe". While you should NOT send your unsubscribe command to the list itself, Ecartis will attempt to trap such erroneous postings and forward them to the list administrators for proper handling.

TO GET A DIGEST EVERY DAY:

Send a message to the ecartis account on the server with a subject of "set [listname] digest".  This will turn on digests, and you will receive a digest however often the server is configured to send them.

TO STOP GETTING A DIGEST:

Send a message to the ecartis account on the server with a subject of "unset [listname] digest".  This will turn off digest mode, and instead you will receive an eMail every time something is posted to the list.

TO GET A DIGEST AND NORMAL POSTS:

Send a message to the ecartis account on the server with a subject of "set [listname] digest2".  This will activate digest mode with normal posting.  As each message is posted to the list it will be sent to you, and you will receive a digest as well.  This flag should be used INSTEAD of digest, NOT IN ADDITION TO. To stop receiving digests in addition to normal posts, send a message to the ecartis account with a subject of "unset [listname] digest2".  You will go back to receiving normal posts.

TO GO ON VACATION:
Send a message to the ecartis account on the server with a subject of "set [listname] vacation".  You will remain subscribed to the list but will not receive any eMail as long as this flag is set. To come back from vacation, eMail the ecartis account with a subject of "unset [listname] vacation".

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