We love e-mail mailing lists -- they are a great way to participate in online discussions or receive
information by e-mail.
Some lists are announcement only, which means that the editor/manager/owner of
the list sends out information to everyone on the list, but you can't.
Other lists are discussion lists, on
which every list subscriber can say their piece.
For a description of how mailing lists work, read The Mailing List Gurus Page. For even more information, read Poor Richard's Building Online Communities.
Finding Mailing Lists.
To find a list on a topic of interest to you (anything from homeschooling to professional hockey), try
- Liszt lets you search a database of tens of thousands of
- Topica hosts mailing lists, and you can search their lists by topic.
- Yahoo Groups are similar to mailing lists, because you can set your group
subscription so that you receive messages by e-mail. You can search their groups by
Some Interesting Lists
Do you want to know what mailing lists we read? Well, here are some of our favorites:
- CACI Children Accessing Controversial Information: A sometimes
contentious list discussing approaches to managing what children who
use the Internet can access. Filtering software comes up a lot but
that's not all it's about. To subscribe, send a message to
containing just the word subscribe.
To get off the list, send a message containing just the word
(Suggested by John Levine.)
- Jokes: Sign up for a daily dose of humor by subscribing to
the Jokes mailing list. Send an e-mail message to email@example.com with the
words subscribe jokes in the subject. To unsubscribe, send a
message to the same address with the words remove jokes in the
subject. (Suggested by Matt Ronn, newly wed to Alison Barrows.)
- BLAGUES-L: A daily joke, alternating in French in English.
(Hey, Mom, I'm not wasting time, I'm learning a foreign language.)
To subscribe, send a message to
containing the word "subscribe"
in the body of the message.
(Suggested by John Levine.)
- MINI-AIR: The Mini-Annals of Improbable Results (MINI-AIR)
list is the on-line version of the prestigious Annals of Improbable
Results, the successor journal to the world-reknowned Journal of
Irreproducible Results. What more can we say? To subscribe, send a
message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
words subscribe mini-air yourname in the text of the message (not in
the subject), substituting your actual name for "yourname." To unsubscribe,
send the message signoff mini-air to the same address. (Suggested by
Margy Levine Young.)
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Updated: Mar 14, 2001