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email & email discussion lists

Email discussion lists are a popular communications medium for historians; discussion lists allow a group of people who are list subscribers to send and receive email to the entire group automatically.

Discussion lists are asynchronous communication tools; they let you communicate with others at different times, when it is convenient. These tools override the constraints of time zones and allow for easy global communication. In a sense, they are the electronic equivalent of snail mail (letters sent via a postal service), but the delivery is so much faster. and free. In another sense, they are the similar to voice-mail messages.
Advantages - extremely convenient; varying degrees of privacy are possible; can be saved, replied to, shared.
Disadvantages - illusion of privacy; heightened expectations for response speed; information overload.

email discussion lists for gender and women's historians

H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) features more than 100 history email discussion lists including H-Gender-MidEast, H-Minerva (Women in War and Women in the Military), H-SAWH (Women and Gender in the U.S. South), H-Women, etc. Explore the Discussion Network listings.

Gender-Related Electronic Forums - "an annotated, frequently-updated, award-winning listing of publicly-accessible e-mail discussion forums (also known as "lists" or "listservs") related to women or to women-focused gender issues from Joan Korenman at UMBC.

Women's History Discussion Lists - annotated list from The International Institute of Social History WWW Virtual Library.

tips for avoiding email overload

  • Check email daily | Only check email three times a day (most people)
    [See A Message About Managing Email: Enough Already]
  • Delete unwanted messages immediately since they take up disk space and create "e-clutter".
  • Keep the number of messages in your inbox to minimum.
  • Filter messages, either when they arrive (repeat correspondence like discussion lists) or to folders after reading to archive.
  • It is a good idea to extract and download important information to your personal computer.
  • When signing up for ListServ and mailing list discussion groups, save your subscription confirmation letter.
  • When going away for a week or more, unsubscribe or suspend mail from discussion lists; use a vacation message.
  • Use a separate email account for personal messages, not your business account. [Free web-based accounts available from "standard" providers like Gmail from Google, Yahoo! Mail, or MSN Hotmail. These types of accounts can be checked from any web browser anywhere in the world.]

email management - online resources

interesting related sites

  • Netiquette Home Page -- from Albion.com. See the Core Rules:
    Rule 1: Remember the Human
    Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
    Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
    Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
    Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
    Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
    Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
    Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
    Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
    Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
  • Yahoo > Computers and Internet > Communications and Networking - E-mail: Information and Documentation directory of online resources
  • E-mail help and tips from the Everything E-Mail web site


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