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What is a listserv? A listserv is a mailing list software program that automatically distributes email on a particular subject. Listservs allow you to communicate with other people who have subscribed to the same list. When you submit a message to the server, your message is relayed to all those on the listserv. You receive messages from other participants via E-mail. It is similar to computer conferencing (or chat rooms), but a listserv is asynchronous.
- Keep messages brief
- Summarize the message you are responding to
- Stick to intended topics of the listserv
- Don’t use all uppercase
- Include an opening and a closing to your message
- Differentiate between public and private messages