How A List Works
If the internet and mailing lists, forums, etc are all new to
you, then I want you to carefully study the little tutorial above
and heed my words here so all our lives will be made somewhat
Once you "subscribe" to FyrenIyce, you become just
one of many in a large group of other people
like you who have also subscribed to FyrenIyce. For ease of learning,
let's assume that right now there are only five persons who make
up the total number of people currently subscribed to the list
(refer to the diagram above for this part).
Let's say that you are Dian in the diagram above. When you (Dian)
send your letter to FyrenIyce List, you are sending it to another
computer or server; let's call that whole mess F&I
for short. F&I accepts your letter (or post,
as we call it) to the FyrenIyce list and then looks to see who
is a member of the current subscription list.
Once F&I has the membership list in hand,
it then takes your post and resends it to all the members on that
subscription list, including a copy of your post which it resends
to you. So what that means is that Dian's letter goes to F&I,
then F&I resends a copy of her post to John,
Anne, Bill, Fractal, and to Dian as well. This same process occurs
whether there are 5 people on the list or 200.
The point of this discussion is to familiarise you with how
mailing lists work and WHY you MUST learn how to interact with
one correctly. For example, many people think that the copies
of posts that F&I resends to every subscriber
on the list are coming ONLY to them! This simply
ISN'T the case.
Every single mail item that YOU receive from
F&I is also received by every other member
of the F&I list. You are not writing to people
on a one-on-one basis; you (like Dian above) send one letter to
F&I, and F&I then checks
the number of subscribers, and in turn, sends out 100 or more
copies of your post to all 100 or more members of the list community.
Any one of those members may choose to comment
on what you said (or Dian above, let's say) in that original post
you sent. So when later comments about what you said in that post
show up in your mailbox, it is NOT the case that
those persons who wrote that comment wrote and sent mail directly
to YOU! No, they wrote their comments under or over your comments
and then they sent that post off to F&I,
which then resent the commented text out to each and every subscriber.
Then the whole process begins all over again.