Conducting Electronic Research

Email Lists

Email lists, often called listservs, uses a different strategy. Rather than being collected and posted to a central location, messages are sent directly to individual member's inboxes. They are then accessible through each member's preferred email program.

The advantage of listservs is in being able to access messages without a separate software program. The disadvantage is in the potential clogging of your email with dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of messages per day from a single list.

Note: You can reduce the number of daily messages from an email list by using the digest command. This tells the sending computer to gang messages together in one email. You can learn how to use this command by sending a message with the word help in the subject line. Remember to send it to the computer's main address, rather than to the mailing list itself.

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