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(computer science)
The software (server) used to maintain an electronic mailing list. Also known as list server.
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An automatic mailing list server, initially written to run under IBM's VM operating system by Eric Thomas.

Listserv is a user name on some computers on BITNET/EARN which processes electronic mail requests for addition to or deletion from mailing lists. Examples are,

Some listservs provide other facilities such as retrieving files from archives and database search. Full details of available services can usually be obtained by sending a message with the word HELP in the subject and body to the listserv address.

Eric Thomas, has recently formed an international corporation, L-Soft, and has ported Listserv to a number of other platforms including Unix. Listserv has simultaneously been enhanced to use both the Internet and BITNET.

Two other major mailing list processors, both of which run under Unix, are Majordomo, a freeware system, and Listproc, currently owned and developed by BITNET.
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Mailing list management software from L-Soft international, Inc., Landover, MD ( that runs on Windows, Mac, OpenVMS, VM (mainframe) and various Unix machines. LISTSERV scans email messages for the words "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" to automatically update the list. Virus protection is also provided. The LISTSERV program originated in France in 1986 by engineering student Eric Thomas, who went on to found the L-Soft company in 1994. See electronic mailing list.
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Other listservs may require special approval from an individual or committee for subscription.
It's important to realize that listservs are only as good as the people on them.
Replies from the listserv were quick and concise and helped Wilkerson by stopping him from investing more valuable time into chasing a dead-end lead.
Most of these articles have provided anecdotal descriptions of instructor experiences with using listservs in their classes.
As it turned out, many listservs have had these same issues, so I was able to cull ideas from other groups' netiquette guidelines.
Managing class listservs, teaching with technology.
In addition, Maes believes that listservs are static and less dynamic than software agents.
E-mail systems make it possible to communicate electronically with team members through a facility called a listserv. Listservs are given names, and group members must be set up as members of the listserv.
"Older" technologies such as Gopher, Telnet, listservs and file transfer are explained, and the World Wide Web is explored as a source of information for a variety of curricular subjects.
Because they require only an e-mail connection, listservs represent one of the more cost-effective methods for networking with criminal justice professionals around the world.
To receive a current catalog of all listservs, address an e-mail message (no subject on subject line necessary) with list global" in the body of the message to: