Freedom of Press: Mailing Lists

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This document dates from the early web period, and is kept for archival purposes only. It is no longer updated, and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate.
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If you and some of your new-found net friends around the world want to talk about something, but you haven’t found a place already on the net to use, you can create your own mailing list. Your mailing list will be accessible to the entire Internet.

You can usually sign up with your Internet provider to get your own mailing list, for mere dollars a month. You can have a free-form mailing list, or you can moderate it.

If you decide to moderate your own mailing list, you must be prepared for the responsibilities! It is up to you to handle problems among list members, problems that list members and potential list members have using the mailing list, and any bounced mail that occurs when some list members disappear, or their computers go down temporarily.

Make sure there isn’t already a mailing list devoted to your topic.

If you can’t afford to pay for a mailing list, or your provider doesn’t provide that service, and you have a Macintosh, I recommend looking at Leuca Software’s Macjordomo.

Look at Negative Space Software Recommendations for more links to software that makes it easy to serve the net!


Jerry Stratton

“All night long their nets they threw
to the stars in the twinkling foam--

Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe
bringing the fishermen home.

‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
as if it could not be.

And some folks thought ‘twas a dream they’d dreamed
of sailing that beautiful sea.”

--Eugene Field, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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