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Newsgroups

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Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)

Abstract

Discussions take place on the Internet using both mailing lists and newsgroups, but there is a significant difference between the two methods. A mailing list discussion comes directly to your electronic mailbox, just like a letter is delivered by a postal service. However, the messages that form discussions in newsgroups are only sent to the newsgroup administrator, who then sends them to Internet newsgroup system sites (not individual subscribers). You then read the messages in the newsgroup at a particular system site just as you would walk down the hall to read the messages posted on a bulletin board. In fact, the origin of newsgroups was as a bulletin board service where messages could be posted for all to see. In summary, instead of the messages coming directly to you via a mailing list, you go to a place where the messages are posted in a newsgroup and read them there.

Keywords

Acid Reflux Mailing List Bulletin Board Postal Service Signature Block 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Margaret J.A. Edwards & Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

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