a whole day's, week's, or month's postings in one email.
The default delivery mode for most
mailing list subscriptions is to copy subscribers on each email sent to the
list in near real-time, just a few seconds or minutes after it was delivered
This mode can be particularly useful if the list is time sensitive, such as with
a news or financial information service, where the immediate delivery is an
advantage and gives you the option of reading the email right away or waiting
if you wish at your option.
However, many discussion lists are less time-sensitive, and
you might prefer to read a daily, weekly, or monthly digest of all of the days
postings in a single
message. Most lists provide a digest option, and, together with filtering
your lists, digests enable you to greatly reduce mailing list traffic
volume and therefore usefully manage more lists than otherwise.
when replying to a posting in a digest that you will need to cut out the rest
of the postings before and after the one you are replying to so you don't append
the entire digest to your reply.
Mailing lists often provide web based options
to configure digest mode. The following sections describe how to set this
with the major list servers: