Issue 3, 2022

Save the Bees, Save the World:
Behind the Scenes of the Longest Running Bee Discussion List

By Susan Brown Faghani
Manager, Marketing and Sales Communication, L-Soft

Can email groups help sustain our planet? Welcome to the extraordinary story of the BEE-L LISTSERV list. In the words of list owner Allen Dick: “BEE-L is the original Internet bee list and has spawned many, many new bee forums and blogs over the years. Only a few original members are still here, among a small circle of a thousand or so friends and colleagues, who continue to try to work out how to best keep bees, sometimes to save the bees, sometimes to save the world, and sometimes to save the world from what we'd all be if we did not keep bees.”

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Looking Up: LISTSERV in the Cloud, Now Hosted on Azure

By L-Soft Staff

Did you know that more and more IT professionals, email communicators and marketers are using L-Soft's cloud service, now available on Microsoft Azure? This trend is no surprise because of its many key advantages, including lower upfront costs, fewer resources required, minimal learning curve, automatic upgrades and high performance.



Why do subscribers sometimes get error messages about being probed and what do they mean?

By Jacob Haller
Senior Support Engineer, L-Sof

Subscribers sometimes report receiving error messages from LISTSERV with "probe failure" in the subject line. The reason for these messages is that if LISTSERV receives a bounce in a format that it doesn't understand, then it sometimes sends follow-up messages (or probes) to determine if the address is still generating bounces. This tip explores why these errors occur and what can be done about them.

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How can I obtain information about Subscriber List unsubscribes in LISTSERV Maestro?

By Robert Graf-Waczenski
Senior Applications Programmer, L-Soft

Acting faithfully on a user's request to unsubscribe, which is handled automatically by LISTSERV Maestro, is one of the many important best practices for operating a mailing list. However, if you're running your subscriber list in combination with an external backend database, then you may want to remove unsubscribed addresses from your backend as well. This tip describes how to do this.


By L-Soft Staff

On June 30, 1986, at 12:25 p.m. (Paris time), Eric Thomas posted the opening message to the first of a new generation of electronic mailing lists that, unlike their predecessors, would be managed automatically by a computer program, thus freeing the "list owner" from tedious clerical work.

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Have You Joined the Free Learn LISTSERV® Email Course yet?

By L-Soft Staff

In just 15 minutes a week, you'll gain knowledge and skills about all aspects of LISTSERV, including creating and managing newsletters, discussion forums and more. Powered by the email automation capabilities of LISTSERV Maestro, this course is free and open to all. If you haven't already, check it out and spread the word to your colleagues.

In the words of a couple of course participants:


"I signed up to learn more about the workings of LISTSERV and in general more about the list server universe. I am most appreciative. I am learning quite a bit of the additional capabilities of the software through these tutorials."


"L-Soft (LISTSERV) is already a key tool for me and I would like to learn about all of the capabilities available to me. I feel there are benefits that I am unaware of."

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