Role-Playing Discussion Groups

Discussion areas come in three basic types: Usenet newsgroups, electronic mailing lists, and web forums. With Usenet newsgroups, you just click on the link and there you are. With web forums, you must visit the web page of the forums to take part in the discussion (although some forward-thinking forums will have RSS feeds for postings.

With mailing lists, you have to join first; in net parlance, you “subscribe” to the mailing list. Generally, this is some variation on sending the message “subscribe firstname lastname” to a “control” address for that mailing list.