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Types of Mailing Lists at Queen's

ITS supports several different types of mailing lists and many of the features of the lists mentioned below can be combined. The major types of lists include:

  • Public Lists. These lists are typically open to anyone interested in the topic or purpose of the list. Examples at Queen's might be support lists where subscribers can ask questions or get help on a topic.
  • Private Lists. Private lists at Queen's are very similar to Public Lists and differ only in terms of who can join and contribute to the list. Private lists have varying levels of restrictions, depending on the purpose of the list, and subscription may be by invitation, List Owner approval and/or survey completion. Examples of such lists at Queen's might be committee lists, departmental lists, student class lists or research group lists.
  • Announce Only. These lists may be private or public where responses to announcements are neither expected or desired. Examples of such lists at Queen's might be online newsletters, journals or public service announcements.
  • Edited Lists. Edited lists are those where all mail submitted to the list is first approved by a human being, the Editor. Examples of such lists at Queen's would be refereed online journals or lists where the List Owner wishes to keep all postings to the list relevant to the stated purpose of the list.
  • Moderated Lists. A moderated list is simply an Edited List where a group of Editors, who are serving as experts, load share and approve contributions sent to the list.
  • Auto-Responders. These types of lists typically have no subscribers. They are simply used to send a standard message to anyone sending email to the list. Examples of such lists at Queen's would be public service announcement lists or front-end lists where a standardized message is sent to anyone sending email to a generic support email address.

For more information on the kinds of mailing lists possible, please review the Lsoft List Owner's Manual on the Listserv Documentation page.