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Summary

Mailing lists are easy. Once you understand the difference between the list address and the management address, and learn how to phrase a subscription command, the rest is a cinch. And they are a great way to keep up with the latest, most authoritative info about a particular topic.

But not the only way. Mailing lists aren't for everyone, or for every topic—it all depends on what you want. Personally, I subscribe to just a few lists, on topics I have a very deep and daily interest in. For more casual interests, I prefer newsgroups (coming up next, in Hour 15, "Reading and Posting to Newsgroups"). I must manage so much work-related email traffic that the steady flow from a mailing list gets in my way, if the topic isn't central to my day. Once you learn about newsgroups, you'll be in a position to decide which type of Internet "discussion group" you prefer for each of your interests.


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