10. Mailing Lists
Mailing Lists are lists of E-Mail addresses that messages are sent to.
There are some different types of Mailing Lists. One is called a ListServ, of which there are two types.
The first, and more common, is an E-Mail based discussion forum. Here, messages are sent to a central address called a ListServer, and then the messages are resent (by the ListServer) to everyone on the Mailing List. These messages can be replied to, just like any other.
The second type of ListServ is an echo, usually of a newsgroup (see Tutorial 9 for more information about newsgroups). The messages posted to the newsgroup are echoed to everyone on the Mailing List. These messages cannot be replied to in the same manner as the first type. To reply to a message, you must either E-Mail the author, or access the Newsgroup and post a reply there.
Another type of Mailing List is used for sending news, information, or other information through the E-Mail. For example, you may sign up for information about future updates to Netscape Navigator. When you do so, you are added to a Mailing List. Once an update is released, a message will be sent to everyone on the Mailing List, telling them about the update. These messages are usually not replied to.
Before subscribing to a mailing list, make sure that you can unsubscribe from it. Otherwise, you may end up with hundreds of E-Mail messages that you don't want.
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