Using an email listserv
A listserv is an electronic
mailing list that people subscribe to in order to discuss topics of common
interest. This is how it works: a list manager (with the help of list software)
distributes any email sent to the list to all subscribers of that list.
Our list is hosted by Eric Crump's
Interversity. Eric is
a great supporter of democratic education.
Here is a list of basic do's
and don'ts for list subscribers:
- Use the Reply button to
answer, to comment, or to further the discussion.
- Leave the subject line as
is if you are continuing the thread.
- If you notice the topic is
digressing, you can change the subject line to reflect the new area of
discussion (be careful in doing this though). Too much or too little
variation in subject lines can be confusing.
- Send a new email when you
want to start a new "thread" or topic.
- Be sure your subject line
is a good summary of what you write about.
- Give context in your
- AVOID one liners. For
example, don't reply back, "I agree with you." Instead say something like, "I
agree with what you say about ____. It seems ________." Develop your ideas.
- Check your email everyday to
be a vital part of the list. People who rarely contribute are called
"lurkers." Don't be a lurker.
- Remember that basic
netiquette applies here as well.
- An email list may seem
private (ours is limited to invited subscribers), but all Internet
traffic is essentially public. Never say anything you don't intend to be
More on listservs:
What to do if you'd like to
join our listserv:
- Email me first with your
request. I am open to inviting other AP students to talk with us.
- If you've been invited,
- Then, support Interversity
with a contribution.