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Distribution lists vs. LISTSERV mailing lists

Distribution lists and LISTSERV mailing lists are the most common ways for mass email communication at K-State. They both allow for the distribution of messages among a group, however, there are some distinct differences that can help you determine which type of list best meets your needs. In summary, a distribution list is best used for simple, small group communication. It is a no frills email list. The maximum number of email addresses in a distribution list is 200. If you need more than 200 email addresses, use a LISTSERV. LISTSERV mailing lists let you configure the list to your needs and can be used for any size group.

FeatureDistribution listLISTSERV mailing list
Can include K-State and
non-K-State members
YesYes
Designated list owner(s)YesYes
Manage list with eIDYesYes, with your K-State email address and eID password
Open subscription optionNo, owner must add membersYes
Archiving optionsNoYes, messages can be stored and searched
Listed in K-State White PagesNoNo
Searchable in Office 365 GALYes, but IT Help Desk must turn it onYes, but IT Help desk must turn it on