Email lists, often called "Listservs", are useful tools
for gathering and disseminating information. They are like a telephone
"party line" comprised of like-minded individuals, but
greatly enhanced by the international power of email. Users subscribe
to an email list, or group of email lists, according to the topic
areas that are of personal interest to them (there are thousands
of email lists worldwide on various topics). When you subscribe
to a list, you will begin to receive messages posted to the listserv
by all of its members, and you will be able to send messages to
the entire group.
Anyone who subscribes to an email listserv receives any and all
information posted to the list. Most discussions will be tightly
focused on your mutual interests, but be warned, sometimes heated
discussions can arise :)
Mobile Informatics Listservs
* very active lists
We encourage debate, discussions and the posting of strong opinions
...after all that's part of the fun of a listserv, however please
maintain a high level of professional courtesy during discussions
with your colleagues.
It greatly enhances the readability of your reply to a post when
you delete all of the original message's extraneous content and
leave only the relevant sections in your reply.
- Sending and receiving HTML messages
Should you choose to receive messages from any listserv in "digest"
format you may also receive the accompanying HTML.
It's generally considered courteous to send messages to a listserv
using "Plain Text" settings only. This greatly reduces
the amount of "clutter" the subscribers to the digest
format receive. Be kind to your colleagues, please send only "Plain
Text" messages to a listserv.
Listserv Vs Forum
A listserv is a discussion carried on via email. A
forum is an on going discussion carried on via the Internet.
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Listserv Vs Newsletter
A listserv is an open discussion where all members can post and
receive messages, sometimes resulting in high volumes of incoming
A newsletter is a one way flow of information, which is generally
sent out on a scheduled basis.
PDA cortex provides a newsletter for those of you who wish to stay
informed, but do not wish to participate in the ongoing discussions.
We will send you a brief newsletter about once a month or so, with
just the highlights of the previous month's developments. This is
a good choice for people desirous of staying on top of what's going
on, and wishing to minimize "inbox clutter". - BUT it's
not as much fun as a listserv :)
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