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Mail Server Networks- or "discussion groups".
Listbox.com sells reasonable mailing lists if you wont to set up your own list:
Four collections of networks, where you may find dozens of good networks:
The Mailbase web site: http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/
SD Gateway - electronic mailing lists:http://sdgateway.net/noframe/en_maillist.htm
Stock Market Discussion Groups : http://www.investorlinks.com/talk-a.html
Communications for a Sustainable Future:
(World Systems, International Political Economy, Progressive Economists Network, Post-Keynesian Thought etc.)
Mailing lists etc. for historians: http://www.unifi.it/centri/sise/emlngar.htm#ml
Michigan State University Global H-Net: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/
BBS' (bulletin boards):
Prudent Bear: http://www.prudentbear.com/bbs/
Stock Market: http://www3.techstocks.com/~wsapi/investor/stocktalk-0
The first list below is an example,
There are unfortunately several ways of subscribing. The easiest way is to use the collections
above since they tell you which version they use themselves.
For the group Financing Development:
To subscribe to this list, send an e-mail message to the address below. Leave subject line blank
and write: 'subscribe list-name' (without quotes) in your message; e.g. subscribe fdd-l
For the Public Policy Network:
Their homepage: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/pubpol/pubpol.htm
-and their posting guidelines:http://www.hhh.umn.edu/PUBPOL/content.htm
To subscribe: and their posting guidelines:
Send commands to: Listserv@tc.umn.edu
In the email, write in the subject line, the message: SUBSCRIBE PUBPOL-L your name
Here is a list of network grups
Public Policy Network http://www.hhh.umn.edu/pubpol/pubpol.htm
United Nations Development Program - future:
Left Business Observer:
mai-not (multi-lateral agreement on investments): http://mai.flora.org/subscrib.htm
Majordomo@flora.org subscribe mai-not
or, if you please to read from the web instead of subscribing: http://mai.flora.org/newsgrp.htm
Global Knowledge for development:
Do not enter a subject.
In the body of the message, type the text: SUBSCRIBE GKD97
Do not put anything after GKD97.
LETS (Economic exchange without money):
PHILOFHI (History of World Systems):
Alternative urban transportation:
EAEPE (only for members of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy):
Her is one example of an instruction guide for mail server usage:
MAILBASE USER CARD
1. Welcome to Mailbase
2. Mailbase on the Web
3. Sending Mailbase commands
4. Joining and leaving a list
5. Contributing to list discussions
6. Suspending mail
7. Checking your membership
8. Retrieving files and list archives
9. Finding a List
10. Other Documents
11. Getting Help
12. Summary of Commands
1. WELCOME TO MAILBASE
Mailbase is ...
a national service, providing electronic discussion lists and information
sharing facilities for the UK Higher Education and research community.
Mailbase is based in the Computing Service at the University of Newcastle
and is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the
Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales and by
the Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI).
2. MAILBASE ON THE WEB
The Mailbase web site is located at:
All open (public) Mailbase lists have a webpage where you can read
archived messages, get information about the list, retrieve files, and
look at membership details (if the owner permits).
You will also find a lot of webpages and documents telling you how to
3. SENDING MAILBASE COMMANDS
Join or leave Mailbase lists, or find our more about them by sending
special commands in the body of an email message to:
More than one command may be included in a message to Mailbase, but each
must be on a separate line. Commands may be in any order, in UPPER,
lower, or MiXeD case. End the list of commands with the special command
| To: firstname.lastname@example.org |
| Subject: test (you may leave this blank) |
| Body of message: |
| join mailbase-news Jane M. Smith |
| join music-theory Jane M. Smith |
| stop |
The "stop" command will prevent Mailbase reporting an error, in case your
message includes any other text.
For a full list of user commands see the end of this message.
4. JOINING AND LEAVING MAILBASE
Use the "join" command to add your name to a Mailbase list.
E.g. join mailbase-news George Stevens
You will begin to receive messages from the list(s) you have joined.
The "leave" command will remove your name from a specified Mailbase list,
or, if the "all" option is used, from all those lists where your
membership address matches your current email address.
E.g. leave mailbase-news
or leave all
5. CONTRIBUTING TO LIST DISCUSSIONS
Here is an example of a message to the Mailbase News (mailbase-news) list
| To: email@example.com |
| Subject: user support |
| Body of message: |
| A recent study has shown .... |
Your message will be sent to all members of the list.
6. SUSPENDING MAIL
If you are going to be away from work, use the "suspend mail" command to
temporarily suspend mail from a specified list. The "all" option will
suspend mail from all lists, which you are a member of.
E.g. suspend mail mailbase-news
or suspend mail all
When you return to work, use "resume mail" to restore mail from a chosen
list, or from all (joined) lists if the "all" option is used.
E.g. resume mail mailbase-news
or resume mail all
7. CHECKING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Send the command "list me" to firstname.lastname@example.org
This will show which lists you are member of, and whether you are a list
owner or moderator.
8. RETRIEVING FILES AND LIST ARCHIVES
All "open" (public) lists will have a webpage on the Mailbase web where
you can retrieve old messages and files asssociated with the list. The
location of this webpage will be:
Type the name of your list instead of "listname"
To retrieve archives and files by email, use "index listname" to obtain
the names of files and list archives associated with a specific list.
E.g. index mailbase-news
The "get" command retrieves files via email. Large files are automatically
broken down into several messages, each 1000 lines long.
E.g get mailbase-news 1996-09
get mailbase-news introduction
You may set your own file size, up to a maximum of 5,000 lines, by using
the "line limit" command. If required, it should precede a send command.
The minimum line limit value is 1000.
E.g. line limit 2000
send mailbase-news 1996-09
9. FINDING A LIST
On the Mailbase World Wide Web service you can search for open lists by
keyword, or by subject.
Alternatively, use "find lists keyword" to search Mailbase for lists which
have a particular keyword in the listname or description.
E.g. find lists french
Use "review" to obtain details of the members of a Mailbase list, and a
brief description of the purpose of that list.
E.g. review mailbase-news
10. OTHER DOCUMENTS
All our documents are available on the web and can be found from the
Mailbase websitehttp://www.mailbase.ac.uk/ .
To get a list of the all the documents available via email, send a
message to email@example.com with this command:
To get a copy of one of the documents, use the command "get mailbase
E.g. get mailbase user-guide
To get a printed copy of the user guide or reference card, send a
message to the Mailbase helpline (a person) at:
Please remember to give your postal address!
11. GETTING HELP
The "help" command provides information on using Mailbase. If the command
option is used, then a detailed description of a particular command is
E.g. help review
If you have queries about Mailbase, consult the file of frequently asked
questions. To retrieve this file send the following command to
get mailbase user-faq
If you still have a query contact your List Owner (type the name of the
list instead of "listname") by sending a message to:
For example the List Owner for the mailbase-news list is:
If after reading the documentation, you still need help send an email
message to the Mailbase Helpline at:
explaining the problem in detail. Please note that this is a person not
a program. We will do our best to help.
12. SUMMARY OF COMMANDS
Words in CAPTIALS are to be replaced appropriately.
REMEMBER TO SEND ALL COMMANDS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
- find lists KEYWORD
Search for Mailbase lists
- get LISTNAME FILENAME
Get file belonging to a list
- get Mailbase FILENAME
Get a Mailbase document
Get a list of all commands
- help COMMAND
Get details on using a command
- index LISTNAME
Get a list of available files for list
- index Mailbase
Get list of documents about the Mailbase service
- join LISTNAME FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
Join a list
- leave LISTNAME
Leave a list
- leave all
Leave all your Mailbase lists
- line limit NUMBER
Split up a long file
- list me
Find out which lists you belong to
Get the names of all Mailbase lists
- lists full
Get names and description of all Mailbase lists (about 10,000 lines)
- resume mail LISTNAME
Resume email from a list
- resume mail all
Resume email from ALL lists
- review LISTNAME
Get list details, including description, and list of members
Stop Mailbase reading signature
- suspend mail LISTNAME
Suspend email from a list
- suspend mail all
Suspend email from ALL lists
Last Updated: October 1997