We use a “yahoogroup” e-mail listserv, which is free of charge. Here are the basics of our list:
When a message is sent to the group, it first goes to a “yahoo” server which then distributes it to everyone on the list, adding “[Gansett Running]” to the beginning of the subject line.
To e-mail the group, simply compose a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
When you “reply all” to a group message, your reply goes to the sender and the whole group.
There are 250 people on the list. About 1/2 of those are NRA members, others are NRA-friendlies, and still others have joined the list but have never run with us.
The list is open to anyone interested in our club runs and activities.
The list is primarily used to announce our weekly group runs and for forming impromptu group runs.
The list is also used to announce social activities, form carpools to races, and disseminate running-related information which may be useful or interesting to those on the list.
In the body of every group message is a link to change your settings, including an option to unsubscribe from the list.
The number of group messages per month ranges from about 80 to 180, which is about 3 to 6 messages per day. In general, the list should be used for running- or NRA-related activities and announcements only. Random chatter, while fun and amusing to the few people ‘in the loop,’ is likely a nuisance to everybody else and serves to diminish the average perceived value of the group messages.
That said, we encourage everyone on the list to use it in a way consistent with its purpose. For those who think the volume of e-mail messages is a nuisance, there is a “daily digest” option in which you will receive all group messages in a single message once per day. I’d be happy to help you make this change if you can’t figure it out yourself.