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Getting info from email lists
ezines, discussion lists etc get you information from 'real people'. They
are comments about issues (sometimes very biased) which can give you some
valuable information. Treat them with care, but email lists are often
an excellent source of good info. There are many free email lists.
discussion lists can only be read and posted to if you have 'subscribed'
to the list - i.e. applied to be put on the circulation list (there's
no subscription fee). It is normal for these discussion lists to be moderated.
Some busy lists will send out postings as they are received, often with
an option to receive only a daily or weekly digest of all the postings.
you use them to find information?
from email lists can be obtained in a number of ways:
How do you
find the right email lists?
to and regularly reading the postings. This can be useful if the particular
group or list is highly relevant to your needs. If an email list offers
a digest option, opt for this as it will save on the number of emails
that you receive.
a request for advice or information, and seeing if you get any useful
replies back from readers of the group or list. Before you post anything
to an email list, take some time to read previous postings. That way
you can ensure that your submission is not "off-topic". Some people
replying to your query may email you separately in addition to posting
their reply for all to see.
search engines to search archived material. Many email discussion lists
hold archives, either on the Web or on FTP servers, and these can be
searched. Lower down this page are methods and resources for carrying
out these searches.
can be found from searchable databases on the Web. Once you've found the
details, you can them email the contact address given to "subscribe" to
the list. Here are the best sources:
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A directory of more than 20,000 listserv, listproc, majordomo and
independently managed mailing lists from more than 500 sites
The LISTSERV reference
A database with information on all LISTSERV discussion groups on the
Accessible Mailing Lists
One of the first list of mailing lists, and still a good source.
listTool.com is a revolutionary free tool that makes the process of
subscribing, unsubscribing and sending commands to 584 mailing and
discussion lists (in categories such as law, art, music, computers,
news, business, humor and more) easy.
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list owners of many email discussion lists maintain Web-based archives
of submissions to the list. And, whilst Newsgroup news is only held for
a short time on news servers, archives of many of these groups are also
accessible from the Web (and sometimes from FTP sites).
Increasingly, the main Web search engines have options to search Newsgroups
and occasionally email lists. Check out our Search