Whenever someone says we need to start charging by the email message to
suppress spam, someone else mentions how it
would kill their list server. List servers are automated mailing lists that
broadcast email to a group of people who have "opted in" and want to receive
that email. There are many thousands of list servers covering every topic
imaginable. Most are not for profit.
Many list servers are set up so that replys from recipients are rebroadcast to all the participants of the list, often with "moderation" to prevent abuse (such as commercial messages). Others simply post automatically, but have a size limit for the message (oversize messages are referred to the administrator for review).
Subscribing to a list server usually involves sending an email (often to "majordomo@(whatever)") with the word "subscribe" in the subject line. Unsubscribing is done the same way by sending the subject "unsubscribe". This is an automatic procedure and the list server owner is not involved.
List server software can be found free on the Internet. It is cheap and easy to run a list server if you have a high speed connection to the Internet or can host it on someone else's computer that does.
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