Electronic Mail: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Electronic Mail: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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I maintain a couple of Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) postings about how to
find e-mail addresses, and, as a consequence, get lots of questions about
other aspects of electronic mail. This is a collection of links to answers to
those questions, mostly maintained by other people.

We'll start with a non-question: before you send e-mail, take the time to
learn about etiquette in cyberspace at

1. How does e-mail work?
See .
2. How do I find someone's E-Mail address?
See .
3. How do I find a celebrity's e-mail address? Celebrities have as much, or
more, reason than most people to keep their e-mail addresses private.
However, you can find out more about various celebrities as follows:
a. Several of the Web-based address books at
can search for
celebrity addresses.
b. CelebSite at has biographies of
celebrities from the entertainment industry, sports, models, and
c. The Internet Movie Database at
d. A&E Television lists this as one of their most frequently asked
questions at , and
maintains a large database of bibliographies at
of famous people, past and present.
4. How can I find someone's name from their e-mail address? (if, of course,
there is some reason why you don't want to send them e-mail to ask them):
a. Use the Internet Address Finder at .
b. Some sites support a protocol called 'finger' that translates local
mailbox names to full names (plus other information). See Andrew
Starr's Finger FAQ at .
c. Some other Internet directory services support lookup by e-mail address;
see the list in the finding e-mail addresses FAQ at
5. How can I stop receiving junk e-mail?
a. See the FAQ on stopping junk mail, e-mail, and phone calls at
, or the
CPSR's (Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility) junkmail FAQ
at .
b. You might try spamblocking at
your e-mail address,
but this will also inconvenience people you'd actually like to
communicate with.
c. Filter your incoming e-mail; see
d. If you had a lot of energy, you could try tracking down where the e-mail
came from; see
e. See the e-mail abuse FAQ at
for a better
understanding of what's going with unsolicited e-mail.
6. How can I find an e-mail pen-pal?
a. There are penpal clubs, but I haven't researched them yet.
b. You could post to newsgroup soc.penpals at .
Unfortunately that will probably also get you on a lot of junk-email
lists (as would posting to any newsgroup).
c. You could find a newsgroup about a subject in which you're interested,
read it for a few weeks, then see if someone who posts there might be
interested in correspondence.
7. How can I customize my outgoing e-mail?
See .
8. How can I protect the privacy of my e-mail?
a. Get PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), a very popular public key encryption
program, at
9. How can I find out about mailing lists I could join?
a. Check out the very large list of publicly-accessible mailing lists at

b. or the guide to social newsgroups and mailing lists at

c. or the list of gateways at gateways/part1/> between mailing lists and newsgroups. This list hasn't
been updated since 1996, so is likely out of date.
10. How can I set up a mailing list that other people can use?
a. Use a Mailing List Service Provider; see

b. Get your site to install mailing list administration software; see

11. How can I find lots of addresses to create a mailing list?
Don't, unless you want to become known as a spammer. Many directory
services are *intentionally* set up to make it hard to create mailing
12. Can I send e-mail to <*insert name of far-away country here*>?
See the International E-Mail Accessibility FAQ at

13. How can I play games via e-mail?
See .
14. How can I access Internet services via e-mail?
See .
15. Where can I get more information?
a. MS-Windows, MS-Dos, and OS/2 mail and news overview at
and software at
b. Reading mail and news offline: overview at
software at readers/usenet/software/>.
c. Yahoo's index on electronic mail at
d. Inter-Links' guide to E-Mail at Links/email/email.html>
e. FAQs about MIME at
(Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)
f. Setting up E-Mail on UNIX; see

Loosely related topics:
1. How can I track down a host name if I only have an IP address?
See .
2. How can I send a FAX via the Internet?
See .

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