How to Join
To subscribe to the ASULUG mailing list, use the online form at https://lists.asu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=ASULUG&A=1 or send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The list is managed by the ASU LISTSERV, so if you already have an ASU Listserv account, you can instead just log in and add ASULUG to your subscriptions.
Note that with the default setting on the ASU Listserv, you do not receive a copy of your own posts, so when you mail the list, you will not get a response until someone else replies to your query. You can, however, change this in your preferences.
About the Mailing List
The mailing list is the main communication method for the ASULUG. It is a low-traffic email-based discussion system though which LUG members are able to interact. Threads on the list includes Linux help, Linux discussion, server administration, general computer talk, and job postings. Threads about other topics are acceptable, but please remember that this is a Linux community where the purpose and topic of discussion is Linux.
Why Do We Use a Mailing List?
There are three main reasons we use a mailing list. It’s provided free of charge to us by ASU and full archiving is part of that. This way we don’t have to worry about the expense of and managing something like a BBS (Bulletin Board Server) or other form of community communication. Also, we don’t have to worry about moving to new servers or any possible downtime.
Also, a mailing list is the de-facto standard in the open source community. Many projects, such as the Linux kernel, do all of their development communication though a mailing list. Often this is viewed as intimidating. Our list is a friendly and easy way to familiarize people with using mailing lists. We feel that this alone is a good enough reason to keep using it and not change to something else.
What many consider to be the real reason is historical. More than twenty years of discussion can be found in the archives, and when the LUG / List were first started, it was a mailing list. It’s been that way so long that no one wants to try to move to a new system, especially considering that would entail losing the past two decades of discussions. And as the old saying goes — if it’s not broke don’t fix it.
How to Unsubscribe
To unsubscribe, use the online form at https://lists.asu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=ASULUG&A=1 or send a blank email to email@example.com.