How Email Groups Work

If you've never joined an email group, you may wonder what you're letting yourself in for. Here are the essential facts to help you decide whether to join.

Each email group has a moderator - an individual who makes sure that messages are relevant to the group's purpose. The moderator can remove a person from the list if they abuse it in any way.

Each member is free to leave at any time by sending an email to the relevant 'unsubscribe' address. This address is sent to you when you first join.

If you find that you receive too many emails from a group, it is possible to change your subscription settings so that you receive fewer messages.

In short, an email group is there to help people share information - with a few common-sense procedures to keep it running smoothly.