Mailing Lists and Archives
How Do Mailing Lists Work?
A Mailing List uses software that acts as a mailing list manager,
(sometimes known as a listserv or list server) to electronically link a
group of Victoria Telecommunity Network and Internet users.
Using only one mail address, users can simultaneously send a message to
all subscribers to the mailing list, and... (in most cases) a permanent
Note: Victoria Telecommunity Network uses the Majordomo mailing list software. Although
most mailing list managers share a set of common functions and similar
commands other sites may use different software and a different command
Mailing List Configurations
Open and Closed Lists
Mailing lists can be:
- open (anybody can subscribe), or
- closed (requiring subscribers must receive approval from the list
Public and Private Lists
Mailing lists are also classified as either:
- public (any user can find out who is subscribed to the list), or
- private (only current subscribers to this list can find out who else
In addition a moderated mailing list is sometimes established to ensure
that messages sent to subscribers are consistent with the stated
objectives of the list. The list owner must approve every message sent to
a moderated list before that message is sent to the list members.
An Archive is a permanent record of email addressed to the mailing
list. It is automatically maintained by the Victoria Telecommunity Network. Mailing
list archives are indexed according to the
subject line of a message. This allows messages with a similar subject
(known as a thread) to be viewed in sequence.
Mailing list archives represent an important source of information
about Victoria Telecommunity Network and other community groups.
Getting the most out of a Mailing List
Mailing lists are an ideal way of connecting a group of people who
would like to discuss topics of common interest.
Electronic conversations work best when contributers use the same
topic when discussing a single theme and use a new 'Subject:' to create
new threads for discussions that veer off the original topic.
Archives are subject to a few restrictions since permanent VTN
resources are allocated. Some portions of Archives will be
"retired" and eventually compressed. They will still be available, but
access time may be slower. Registered Information Providers
can move old or out of date information into their own archive linked to
their home page(in development).
All Victoria Telecommunity Network Information Providers and individual users can request
the creation of discussion groups and permanent archives.
Creation and Use of Archives is governed by the Policies
of the Victoria Free-Net Association.