• Roger P. Smith
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards


Discussions take place on the Internet using mailing lists, newsgroups, and chat rooms. Mailing lists and newsgroups provide a structured and formal method of information interchange, but there is a significant difference between the two methods. A mailing-list discussion comes directly to your individual electronic mailbox. However, the messages that form discussions in newsgroups are sent only 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. The difference is there are more than 25,000 newsgroups to visit.


Service Provider System Administrator Mailing List Bulletin Board Chat Room 
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 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger P. Smith
    • 1
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City School of MedicineKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Margaret J.A. Edwards & Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

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