Mailing List Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Qustions (FAQs) are just what the name says; a list or file of answers to common questions about a particular subject, usually asked by beginners. FAQs are an extremely valuable resource. They help you get up to speed quickly on a topic, without taking up other Internet users' time and resources. Almost all newsgroups, mailing lists, and other special interet groups maintain a FAQ file for new users.
Here, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about mailing lists. Check the list of questions to see if yours, or one like it, is among them. If not, use a search engine to track down the information. If you've never used a search engine, click here.
What is a moderated list?
A moderated list is restricted. People are not allowed to post directly
to the list. All posts must be approved by the `moderator'. The moderator
ensures that all the posts to the list are on-topic. Most discussion lists
are non-moderated, but certain announcement lists are moderated to prevent
people from posting inappropriate questions or messages. If you send a
message to a moderated list, you will usually receive a reply stating
that your message will be reviewed by the moderator, prior to being
posted to the list.
What is a digest?
A digest is a mailing list that compiles messages from another mailing list,
and sends them out as one large message at time intervals, such as every
couple days or once a week. This is handy for high-volume lists.
Where can I find a list I'm interested in?
You can often find list references on Web sites related to the subject in
which you are interested. There are also a variety of lists-of-lists
How much mail can I expect?
This varies a lot from list to list. It can be from a few messages a
week on a small announce lists to hundreds a day for a very active list.
This is one of the reasons to be sure to save your unsubscribe information.
If you find that there are too many messages flowing from this list to be
comfortably handled, you can unsubscribe easily and with a minimum of delay.
Do you have any warnings about mailing lists?
Some people have voiced concerns about being targeted for
advertisments and other junk mail by being subscribed to a list. In most
cases, it is an easy matter to view the people subscribed to the list and
this makes it very attractive to mass marketers. However, abuse of mailing
lists in this manner is infrequent. It does happen enough that you should be
aware of it, however.