Managing Mailing Lists

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Would you like to set up an electronic discussion forum for your customers? Or how about a mailing list to announce meetings of your local hobby group? Email is the universal Internet application, which makes mailing lists an ideal vehicle for creating electronic communities. All you need to run a mailing list is access to a system that is connected to the Internet, a mailing list management software package, and a bit of know-how, which is where this book comes in.
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Overview

Would you like to set up an electronic discussion forum for your customers? Or how about a mailing list to announce meetings of your local hobby group? Email is the universal Internet application, which makes mailing lists an ideal vehicle for creating electronic communities. All you need to run a mailing list is access to a system that is connected to the Internet, a mailing list management software package, and a bit of know-how, which is where this book comes in.
Managing Mailing Lists is full of practical information for the list maintainer and system administrator alike.

This book covers four mailing list packages: Majordomo, LISTSERV, Listproc, and SmartList. All of these packages run on UNIX systems; LISTSERV runs on a number of platforms, including Windows NT. If you are a system administrator, Managing Mailing Lists tells you what you need to know to pick a mailing list package and get it up and running on your system. It also offers advice on working with the people who are actually maintaining mailing lists on your system, so that you can give them the support they need to run effective, useful lists.

If you are charged with establishing and running a mailing list,
Managing Mailing Lists covers everything you need to know about setting up and maintaining the list, from writing the charter for the list to dealing with bounced messages. Depending on what mailing list software is running on your system, you'll need to work with your system administrator to set up various aspects of the list. This book lays out all the decisions you need to make and tells you what information you need to pass along to the administrator.

Mailing lists offer a great deal of flexibility. For example, you can create a moderated mailing list, so that you can control the content on the list, or you can let anyone post whatever they want, for a more free-form discussion group. You can also exert control over who can subscribe to the list, if you want to limit membership based on certain criteria. You can give your subscribers the option to receive individual messages or message digests and you can archive list postings and make them available to your readership.

This book covers four mailing list packages (Majordomo, LISTSERV, ListProcessor and SmartList) and tells you everything you need to know to set up and run a mailing list, from writing the charter to dealing with bounced messages. It discusses creating moderated lists. controlling who can subscribe to a list, offering digest subscriptions, and archiving list postings.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mailing lists are one of the oldest forms of Internet communication, available to virtually anyone with an E-mail account. Mailing lists are to Java-enhanced web communities what surface roads are to freeways: they get you where you want to be but not as quickly and with less stress. Mailing lists can be served by a variety of free programs such as ListProc, Majordomo, SmartList, and LISTSERV. Schwartz covers them all in detail, with discussions of moderation, digests, archives, administration, and maintenance. Nothing fancy here, just accurate information in a well-written book. For all collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565922594
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Schwartz, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of clinical decision making in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also the author of Managing Mailing Lists and the coauthor of Stopping Spam (both from O'Reilly). He serves as a consultant on Unix system administration for several ISPs. In his spare time, he develops and maintains the PennMUSH MUD server and brews beer and mead with his wife, with whom he also develops and maintains their son. Turn-ons for Alan include sailing, programming in Perl, playing duplicate bridge, and drinking Anchor Porter. Turn-offs include spam and watery American lagers.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Designing a Mailing List 16
3 Maintaining Lists with Listproc 46
4 Maintaining Lists with Majordomo 53
5 Maintaining Lists with SmartList 67
6 Maintaining Lists with LISTSERV Lite 73
7 Maintaining Lists with sendmail 87
8 Troubleshooting Your Lists 96
9 Administering Listproc 104
10 Administering Majordomo 148
11 Administering SmartList 168
12 Administering LISTSERV Lite 189
A Listproc Reference 209
B Majordomo Reference 230
C SmartList Reference 243
D LISTSERV Lite Reference 256
Index 263
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