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Q1:I've seen forms in Web pages that say I can fill them in to get on a mailing list related to the page's topic. How are those Web-based mailing lists different from the regular ones?
A1: Some lists you subscribe to through the Web are not "Web-based." The Web page merely supplies a convenient front-end to an otherwise normal mailing list.

You subscribe by filling in a Web page form, but then the Web page passes your form entries—name and email address—to a list management program, which emails you the usual Welcome message. From there, using the list is pretty much like using any other mailing list.

Mailing lists you subscribe to through Web forms are usually the informational type—designed to keep you posted about news and events in an organization—rather than the type intended for interactive discussion.

There are Web-based discussion groups, however, which are more like newsgroups (see Hour 15) than mailing lists. You learn about Web-based discussion groups in Hour 16.


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