The mailing lists are loosely grouped into these two categories:
Mailing lists are like Usenet newsgroups, BBS echoes, or message areas, except that the individual messages arrive in your mailbox. Once they have arrived there, you can read them at your own pace. The mailing lists offered here vary in the number of posts - the joke lists usually only have one per day, while the resource list has 5 to 7 posts... but a few times a week (when I get a chance, basically). All of the mailing lists I offer are "read only"; that is, if you suggest a joke or site to me, I may post it and credit it to you, but I vet it first. Hence, no spam can get through - since I'm the only one posting.
Well, you don't have to, after all. I like to think that I put out quality lists, but there's no accounting for taste.
But I think a huge selling point (at least as to why you should try 'em) is advertising and spam. Not that there IS spam or advertising - quite the opposite. All of these lists are FREE and advertisement free.
That's right, no advertisements, no "Premium Subscriptions"... yet it's still free. I do this simply because I can and feel I should... rather than any kind of "profit model". Further, I don't resell your e-mail address like some less responsible e-mail listowners will... so keep that in mind when comparing my lists against others. I don't even do fundraisers like PBS... very much (see "So why are you doing this?", below).
I don't like people reselling my information, so I will not do it to others. Any data you send me will only be used to send you the lists you ask for through a double-opt-in subscription.Simple as that. The subscriber list is masked with outbound messages (that is, nobody else can see it, unlike those forwards of forwards that have ten billion e-mail addresses in the headers), and you will have my e-mail address, after all...
Long story short, the only person who will have your e-mail address from signing up is me, and I'm not selling anything - or making money off of this.
I've been involved with online communication since 1991 through
bulletin boards and Usenet. The joke lists originated from when I was
running my old WWIV BBS (Faith Collapsing, for those of you who might
remember), and I've kept them going ever since. It's a hobby for me.
Bizarre, but hey, it could be worse.
Up at the top of the page are several links that direct you to the subscription pages. Or, if you prefer, you can go to the One-Stop-Shopping List Management Page and get everything squared away.
These lists are run by a guy using some home-grown software with a bunch of tweaks on a DSL connection. So if you don't get a response right away don't sweat it. I usually do two to three mail "runs" a day, so if you don't get a response right away just wait 12 hours.
Be sure to set your spam filter's "whitelist" to include the domain surge.ods.org . I use plain text e-mail, NOT HTML or Rich Text, so anybody using any mail reader should be able to read these mailings.
I do NOT send attachments to the lists! If I have one, I'll post it on a webpage and give you the URL. If you're wondering about filtering settings, information on some suggested filters are on the pages for the lists themselves (go back to the top and click on one).
I WILL NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS TO THE LISTS!. Many people have my e-mail address in thier addressbooks; I've seen bounced messages that make me think that at least some of them have been infected by e-mail worms. These are most assuredly not from me; I use Pegasus Mail and Avast! AntiVirus along with Tiny Personal Firewall to ensure that these virii do not infect my PC... or get to you from me. I have several pages about how to protect yourself in the informational section.
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