Help Cut Down on Your Listserv Clutter
We've all seen it. You might even be guilty of it.
Someone posts a question on the listserv requesting information on a subject…and you were just thinking of the same thing! So you fire off a quick email such as “I'd also be interested in this,” “me, too,” or something similar.
Big deal? Not to some I know, but in my short time already at the Councils, I have seen “I get too many emails and too many of them just say ‘thanks' or ‘me, too'” as the number one reason why some individuals unsubscribe from the listserv. And the more people on the listserv, the more opportunities for networking and professional development. Also, emails like this make it harder to search by topic in the listserv archives.
So what we can you do to help? Here are a few tips:
As a general rule, before you automatically reply to a listserv message, take a moment to think about whether your response should be directed to the entire list or just to the individual who originally posted the message. And keep it relevant and professional.
If you ever have any questions or comments let me know and thanks for your support. Any ideas you have to improve the listserv, I'd appreciate those too.
For full listserv guidelines and other helpful information, visit:
*Feel like you are getting too many messages? You can either change your account settings to the "daily digest," which is one email e a day that compiles all of that day's messages or set your account to "no email" and use the web-based listserv exclusively. More information on how to change your settings (and more!) can be found at the link above or at any time at your council site under Listserv > Help and Getting Started.
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