Setting up an On-Line Community

Have a group and want a way to post messages or have discussions? Here are some options.

The amazing diversity among community networks is bound to give you ideas for your own community. Some have a narrow focus yet a large number of participants, while others tackle several objectives and have fewer constituents.

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About Mailing Lists and listserv

This post explains how mailing lists work, why you would want one and how they are organized. Even if you are using a different mailing list solution (like Google Groups), most of the concepts are the same. Has a good explanation of the different roles – and options – for list owners, list moderators, subscribers…  learn more

E-mail list support at your school.

Odds are the computer that handles e-mail processing for your school has the capability of hosting e-mail mailing lists. Listserv is mailing list software that comes on most Linux machines. Check with your webmaster or IT person to see what sort of capabilities are available for your school district.  learn more

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Google Groups

Google groups is a great resource for crowd-sourced answers. No matter what the topic, there's an answer – and group – out there. Want to quickly start a new ad hoc community or find an existing group with your interests? Check out Google Groups. A Google Group can be configured like a mailing list, a…  learn more

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Yahoo Groups

Yahoo Groups has been the go-to place for discussion groups for years. But with the sale of Yahoo, it appears Yahoo Groups has been "deprioritized" (their term, not ours). While we expect Yahoo Groups to be around for a while, it should no longer be used to start new interest groups.  learn more