Mailing Lists are electronic discussions dedicated to very specific topics. All messages are sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to all members. To become a member you subscribe for free by sending e-mail to a list processor. It's always a good idea to make a note about how to unsubscribe should you want to. Some lists generate mountains of mail and can become overwhelming very quickly.Ask if a digest form of the list is available. That means instead of receiving, for example, forty separate e-mails a day from an active list, the letters will be packed together and sent as one huge piece of mail. It is easier to deal with in many ways although some people prefer to get the individual messages.
Mailing lists are sometimes moderated by a human being. No newsreading program is needed to read them. Messages are distributed either by an automated system or by a very dedicated real person.
Note: When you want to add your own message to the list, do not send it to the list processor address. When you subscribe you will get an e-mail message with the correct address to which you will send your messages.
Also remember that what you write may be read by thousands of people, some of whom will no doubt forward your fascinating letter to their friends, who will forward it to their friends, who will forward it-- you get the picture. It's always a good idea to keep this in mind as you compose your letter so you don't write something you may regret. You can't get it back once it's out there circling the globe. It takes on a life of its own.
Below is a small sample of mailing lists where people discuss spiritual, holistic and metaphysical topics. You will discover the ones that suit your own unique interests. (Note: They were current when this book went to press in 1997 but may be gone by now. I know new ones spring up almost daily!) Again, do a search to find the exact instructions for subscribing. Have fun!
- Atlantis Mailing List
- Baha'i Faith Peaceful Open Forum
- Crystal Healing Mailing List
- Crystal Skull Mailing List
- Daughters of the Wolf
- Future: Speculate about the Future
- Intuition Mailing List
- Ixtlan Mailing List
- New Visions Mailing List
- Motherheart Listserv Mailing List
- New Civilizations Network
- Paganism: For Interested Persons
- Psychic Discussion Group
- Rainbow Gathering Mailing List
- Spirit Communication List
- Spirit List
- 12-Step Support Groups Discussion
- Whole Systems L
- World Guide to Vegetarianism Mailing List
Newsgroups are a way to exchange messages on specific topics. They are also called news, discussion groups, groups, or "newsgroups," which is the USENET name for them. Your browser will have an option called something like "Go to Newgroups" or "Window/Network News."When viewing a newsgroup for the first time, "netiquette" suggests that you first read a file called FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). These files were created to answer the most often asked questions in order to reduce the number of times those same basic questions appear in a newsgroup.
The same caution about posting to mailing lists applies to posting to newsgroups or sending e-mail or writing anything anywhere online. Be mindful about what you write. Newsgroups have world-wide distribution, which means that literally millions of people have access to them. Your words will circle the globe many times and come back to haunt you if you are not attentive to what you say. And please DON'T WRITE IN CAPS ANYWHERE ONLINE. It is considered shouting and very impolite. :-)
Here are the some of the best-known alternative newsgroups. Some are moderated by a real person and some are not.
(Authors note: This list was current when the book went to press. There is a more current list that has active links to each group. Click here to go to it.
If you have never done this before and feel a little intimidated about sending your message around the world, there is a place to practice while you learn. Remember that no one is born knowing how to do this. It's new technology and no one expects you to be perfect except possibly yourself. Be kind to yourself. You will find that people online are very compassionate and willing to help if you ask. The following test groups exist just to practice posting to newsgroups:
- alt.galactic guide
If you are moved to learn more about the culture of people in other countries, visit the Social Culture Newsgroups. Most start with soc.culture. (followed by name of country) as in "soc.culture.african" - discussions about Africa & things African. Try using one of the Search Engines to find them.
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