What is a Mailing List?

Everyone has a need or desire to communicate ideas or news about topics of common interest. Friends and families want to stay in touch, hobbyist like to help each other, cooks like to trade recipes, teachers need to communicate with their students, fan clubs exist to share news and keep current, people with problems seek others with the same challenges... the list is endless.

Mailing lists are communities of people formed around a topic of common interest, and have been around since the beginning of the Internet. A mailing list allows people to send email to each other easily. Instead of sending email to everyone on the list, subscribers of a mailing list can send their email to one address, which will then automatically send the message to everyone else. With ONElist, that address is listname@onelist.com, where listname is the name of the list.

With mailing lists, you have two subscription options. You can subscribe to the normal version of the list, which means that every email that is sent to the list is sent immediately to you. Or you can subscribe to the digest version of the list, which means that you will get one email each night that contains all the email sent to the list during the day.

How Do I Subscribe?

To subscribe to a ONElist list, you must register. You only need to register the first time you're subscribing to a list. When subscribing to a second list, you only need to enter your email address and password in the Registration screen.

Once you have filled out the Registration Form screen, you will be sent a confirmation email. This is to verify that we have the correct email address for you. The confirmation email will contain instructions on how to reply and get your subscription confirmed. Until you reply to the confirmation email, you will not be subscribed to the list.

If you don't receive your confirmation email, or accidentally delete it, you can have another one sent to you. Go to the ONElist web site and select the Member Center link on the menu bar on the left. There will be a button to send you another confirmation email.

Should you ever wish to unsubscribe from a mailing list or change your subscription to Digest mode, you can do so through the Member Center. Do not forget your password!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to subscribe to a mailing list?

ONElist is a FREE service. The web site is free and the mailing list services are free.

How does Onelist make money?

We are advertiser supported. We make money by selling ads on our web site. We also sell advertising on the emails that we send out.

What does Onelist do with the registration information you collect?

ONElist uses the information to build composite demographic profiles of the mailing lists. This is used by advertisers to help target ads to lists that are most appropriate for them. ONElist strongly believes in privacy and will never disclose an individual's registration information to anyone without their express consent.

What is ONElist's policy on SPAM?

ONElist has taken several measures to discourage spam, or unsolicited commercial email. Part of the registration process involves responding to an email message that ONElist sends out. This is to ensure that every list subscriber is using a valid email address and can therefore be held accountable if they spam. Only subscribers to a list may send email to the list. All archived messages on the ONElist web site have had the sending email addresses removed. This is to eliminate address harvesting.

I never received the confirmation email.

The most common cause of this is an incorrect email address.

I have stopped receiving emails.

Are there emails being sent to the lists you are subscribed to? The first thing to do is to check the list archives to see if there are messages that you have not received. It could be that no one has sent any email to the lists lately.

What does the list owner do?

In general, the list owner is responsible for keeping the list interesting and on-topic. The list owner is also responsible for promoting the mailing list. If the mailing list is moderated, the list owner must approve all emails before they are sent to the list. If the mailing list is a restricted list, the list owner must approve all subscribers before they can subscribe to the mailing list. If the mailing list is an announcement list, then the list owner is the only person who can send email to the mailing list.

How do I unsubscribe?

To unsubscribe from any lists you are on, or to change your subscription from normal to digest mode and back, click on the Member Center Button on the menu bar on the left. To access the Member Center screen, type in your email address and password and click the 'login' button. Options to change your email address or password, to switch your subscription from normal to digest mode and back, or to unsubscribe are all available on the Member Center screen.

Ok, I've subscribed to a list, now how to I send email to it?

To send email to the list you've subscribed to, send to the address listname@onelist.com, where listname is the name of the list you are subscribed to. So if you are subscribed to the retrainingtbs list, you would send email to retraintbs@ONElist.com

I don't understand what the No Mail option is about.

The No Mail option is useful if you are going on vacation and don't want emails to pile up while you are gone. By clicking on the Set No Mail link in the Member Center, you will turn off mail delivery for that list. Mail will not be saved while you are not receiving email.

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