Mailinglists and newsgroups at ITU
Mailinglists and newsgroups are two services offered the users at ITU. Both services help sharing information between users, but they function differently and are therefore suited for different needs.
What is news?
Newsgroups, also called news, are very similar to traditional mail. Every newsgroup correnspond to a specific area of interest. One can choose to subscribe to any number of newsgroups.
A subscription does however not facilitate that one automatically receives contributions posted at the newsgroup; one must actively choose to read the contributions. This means that one doesn't risk to have ones mailbox filled with more or less uninteresting messages - instead one can read the contributions as one may choose.
There are a number of newsgroups at ITU, which are generated and maintained automatically. It is also possible to create a newsgroup for a group of students if it is for a relevant purpose of study. Read more about the newsgroups at ITU
What is mailing-lists?
Mailinglists are even more similar to traditional mail than news. A mailinglist is simply a email-address that covers a collection of emailaddresses. A mail send to a mailinglist-address will therefore be send to all persons which have subscribed to the maillinglist.Contrary to news, mails received at a mailinglist are delivered to the users mailboxes. Another difference between news and mailinglists is that a mailinglist has an owner who administrates the list.
There are a number of automatically generated mailinglists at ITU. It is also possible to create a mailinglist for a group of students if it is for a relevant purpose of study. Read more about the mailinglists at ITU here.
General politic for mailinglists and newsgroups
The System Administration at ITU requests that one keeps ones contributions to both mailinglists and newsgroups at a decent and well-mannered tone. Consider if your contribution really belongs in a newsfora or mailinglist.
Furthermore it is important always to write a relevant header (eg. 'subject') as to ensure that the purpose of the contribution or mail is clear to the recepients. Contributions with subjects like ' look at this!' or 'important' are annoying.