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What is a listserve?

A listserve is an electronic mailing list offering an online forum for people with similar interests to participate in discussions or receive information from others on the list.

How does it work?

When a member of the list posts a message to the list, the message is automatically distributed to all other list members, who can then respond to the message. Replies go to all members of the list. When you sign up, you can choose to have a daily digest version of the list rather than receiving separate messages throughout the day. Members can also search archived list messages by topic for research purposes. You can unsubscribe from the list at any time.

What are the rules?

Each group can change the rules for their listserve. But here is a list of rules to use as a starting point.

  • All postings by public officials on a listserve are subject to the Freedom of Information Act
  • This is not a chat room. To do that, use regular email.
  • No jokes, baby pictures, etc.
  • Some listserves require users to be members of the affiliate. The Municipal Association of South Carolina will approve all members.
  • It is recommended to not send attachments. The listserve archives does not recognize these documents.

How do you sign up?

To subscribe, click on the appropriate link. Once you are approved, you will be emailed an address to send postings to. You may want to add this address to your address book.