How to set up a listserve?

Subject: How to set up a listserve?
From: Steven Oppenheimer <Steven -at- OppenheimerCommunications -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 01:40:42 -0400

I am about to self-publish a book (details to follow soon, once it's available on the Web). In conjunction with the book, I'm setting up a Web site, and connection with both the book and the Web site, I am planning to set up a listserve. The idea is to create a forum where people can come to discuss topics related to the subject of the book. A few questions:

1. First, I'm trying to decide whether to set up the discussion as a Yahoo group, or instead as a completely separate listserve. It seems to me that that the advantage of Yahoo is, that Yahoo groups are typically the first place that *I* go when I'm seeking a discussion on some topic. I'm assuming other people around the planet might think the same way. Also, I know with Yahoo groups I can control membership, and moderate the group, and I don't know if that's possible with other listserves.

Can anyone suggest the benefits and/or disadvantages of setting up a Yahoo group, as opposed to a separate list like Techwr-L? (By the way, and FYI, my new list is not related to the topics of TECHWR-L, and will not compete with TECHWR-L.)

2. Assuming I want to set up a list like TECHWR-L, I have no idea how to get started. I tried searching the Web info, and ran into the usual problem -- overload. Way too many links, but none of them related to my question at hand. If I wanted to set up a list like TECHWR-L, can someone steer me to a specific Web page or other resource with information?

And, you might let me know ahead of time, answers to a few questions:
(a) Is a listserve something I have to pay someone to help me set up, or to host, similar to the way in which I pay my ISP to host my domain?
(b) Is it something that, in fact, I set up through my ISP?
(c) How does one advertise the existence of a Listserve? Is there some central Internet directory of Listserves?
(d) What other questions should I be asking, that I don't even know to ask, because I am such a newbie at this?

Thanks in advance for all replies.

Steven Oppenheimer, M.A.
Oppenheimer Communications
Technical and Business Writing: From Complexity To Clarity
Steven -at- OpComm -dot- com (301) 468-9233


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