GroupMAN: What is A Listserver List?


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Are you saving the environment, confronting social issues or have some other cause you care greatly for? A GroupMAN listserv list can help get people involved and keep people informed of issues that affect their lives. A GroupMAN list can bring issues to people's attention who may not have considered the issues before.

What Is A ListServer List?
Business Uses | Personal Uses | Features

computerListServer lists can be classified in two ways. A one-way mailing list either accepts or sends information, but the user interacts only with the list server and not other users. Most one-way mailing lists are used for outgoing messages, such as announcements, newsletters, and advertising.

One-way incoming mailing lists are less common but still useful. Often, these are used to allow users to send commands to a server, which then takes appropriate action. For example, a fax-back service might accept incoming e-mail requests for a document, and it may fax (or e-mail) the requested document back to the individual. Even if the server returns data via e-mail, this type of mailing list is still considered one way because the user is not interacting with other mailing list subscribers.

A two-way mailing list lets users interact with other subscribers to that mailing list. This, the classic discussion mailing list, may be the most common type of mailing list, and it is certainly the predominate type of two-way mailing list. Two-way mailing lists are generally limited to subscribers, in the sense that a user has sent a message to a specified address to sign up for the list. List subscriptions may be open to the public, meaning that anyone can subscribe, or they may be private and restricted to known parties. The latter are often used for educational discussion lists for specific courses, as they enable an instructor to exchange messages limited to a known class of students.

Regardless of whether a two-way mailing list is public or restricted, it may be moderated or unmoderated. In a moderated mailing list, messages are reviewed by a central authority figure before being passed on to list subscribers. Moderation is often used to increase the "signal to noise" ratio of a list -- to select meaningful content and filter out uninformative comments, such as advertising or abuse. Of course, moderation requires human intervention, and lists with a high level of activity require more human time. Unmoderated lists pass messages from one subscriber to all subscribers without intervention.

Also See:
•How lists are used for hobbies, fan clubs and special interest groups.

•How lists are used in business.