A Listserv is a mailing list for distributing information to a specific group via email. With a Listserv, you are able to create, manage and control your distribution list online. Below you will find some helpful tips for using Listservs.
Helpful Tips for Using Listservs
- Watch Your Replies
When replying to a message from the Listserv, remember that your reply will go out to everyone on the list (not to the person who wrote the original message). Avoid sending a personal message to the whole group!
- Proofread Carefully
Once you press "send," you cannot retract an email sent to a Listserv list. Proofread carefully for spelling and make sure the content of your email is correct.
- Use a Meaningful Subject Line
Use the subject line to give list members an indication of the content of the message.
- Start with a New Message
If you are sending a message to the Listserv on a new or different topic, do not reply to an old message - start with a new one! This will keep your subject matter clear.
- Check Tone and Clarity
Remember that your message is going out to a group of people. You want your message to be easy to understand. Review the tone of your message; look for anything that might need clarification (or that might be misunderstood).
For additional details about using a Listserv, see our Listserv FAQ.