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Group: electronic mail

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coordination system
digital communication
distributed systems
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broadcasting information
communication errors between people
electronic meetings
group names
Internet
name server or name directory
personal information
problem of information overload
security issues with electronic mail
using hypertext for cooperative work

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Summary

Electronic mail remains a core application of the Internet. Using a simple protocol, users may exchange mail with others, largely for free.

Unsolicited email, or spam, represents the bulk of email. Email may lead to flame wars where the messages carry more emotional weight than intended. (cbb 3/07)

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Topic: attachments to electronic mail
Topic: computational mail
Topic: electronic mail headers
Topic: electronic news and blogs
Topic: discussion groups, mail conversations, and teleconferencing
Topic: mail databases
Topic: multi-media and electronic mail
Topic: responses to electronic mail
Topic: restricted electronic mail
Topic: routing electronic mailing
Topic: semistructured messages for automated processing
Subtopic: e-mail encourages communication up

Quote: in an office everything arrives by mail, so in Star messages are documents and documents are mailed [smitDC4_1982]
Quote: more than half of the messages sent or received would not have occurred without electronic mail; mostly between strangers [feldMS12_1986]
Quote: electronic mail encourages communication between strongly linked groups of people via weak ties [feldMS12_1986]
Quote: commercial message systems must allow for users with just a terminal [schrMD2_1984]

Subtopic: email address as name up

Quote: SDSI converts email addresses to SDSI references; e.g., "DNS!!'s com's microsoft's Bob.Smith" for Bob.Smith@microsoft.com [riveRL4_1996]

Subtopic: alternatives to e-mail up

Quote: assisted editing tools enable distributed coordination among otherwise disconnected vandal fighters; notify vandals via the user's talk page [geigRS2_2010]
Quote: KMS users have a mail box frame; messages created or appended to existing messages [akscRM7_1988a]
Quote: memo-based mail: mailbox, sender, recipients, point to point transport [comeDE11_1986]

Subtopic: statistics up

Quote: average Grapevine message shared by five inboxes; over half of messages to one inbox [schrMD2_1984]
Quote: some developers sent and received far more email messages than others; the averages and medians differ substantially [perrDE7_1994]
Quote: while subjects received a median of nine email messages per day, they sent a median of zero per day; the content of these messages was rarely technical [perrDE7_1994]

Subtopic: history up

Quote: Unix communications network mainly used for software maintenance (1978) [nowiDA8_1978]

Subtopic: problems with e-mail up

Quote: measured the conversion rate for email spam; infiltrated the Storm botnet; 1e-5 to 1e-7 conversion rate [kaniC9_2009]
Quote: abusive messages are easier in electronic mail; avoid using it when upset, angry, or intoxicated [bishM10_1986]
Quote: indicate sarcasm and humor if used in electronic mail [bishM10_1986]
Quote: email may be inappropriate for technical development because problem solving is iterative and may be complex [perrDE7_1994]

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Group: coordination system
Group: digital communication
Group: distributed systems
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Topic: broadcasting information
Topic: communication errors between people
Topic: electronic meetings
Topic: group names
Topic: Internet
Topic: name server or name directory
Topic: personal information
Topic: problem of information overload
Topic: security issues with electronic mail
Topic: using hypertext for cooperative work

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alternatives to e-mail
e-mail encourages communication
email address as name
history
problems with e-mail
statistics

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