Let's make up an example. Say you're in the school Sea Shell Collectors
Club that meets every Tuesday after class. Every Tuesday, 30 kids
show up. At the beginning of every meeting, someone stands up and
shows a shell that she or he has found. Then everyone gets to ask
questions, point out interesting things about the shell or tell
how that shell is like shells in their own collection.
Now let's say you join a Sea Shell Collectors club on the Web.
Let's say this club "meets" by having a mailing list.
A mailing list is a simple idea, which is why there are millions
of them. If you want to say something to the club members, you send
an email not to a particular person but to the list itself. Its
email address might be something like SeaShells@mail_lists.org
(I made this example up so don't try it!). Your email gets sent
to everyone on the list. If someone wants to reply, she can send
it to the list also, and everyone on the list gets that email, too.
It's like a meeting of your school's Sea Shell Collectors Club carried
on through email.
But look at the differences between the real world club and the
mailing list version of it.
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mailing list for and by kids
lists for kids