August 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Caught in a Tornado of Listserv Forum E-Mails?

You remember Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz? A tornado blows into Kansas and twists her into a spiral all the way to the Land of Oz. 

It can happen to you unexpectedly. You’re working eagerly on a case, actually a portfolio of cases, and time pressures you into an adrenaline rush. That’s when you sharpen the blade. The good adrenaline revs you up and sets you on the fast track. A little espresso helps…everything’s falling into place. 

You pose a detailed question on your section’s listserv forum, and you get the final piece to the puzzle. Voila, you know you’ve found the key to win. 

Then your e-mail in-box stirs up a torrent. You have no time to deal with it. You discover that it’s another section listserv forum participant who’s sent a personal request to everybody on the list saying, “Vacation time. Please take me off the list for two days.” And then, out of frustration, someone clicks that reply button to the entire forum, saying, “Please take me off, too.” Many esteemed colleagues follow suit to the entire list with “Me, too.”

Within twenty minutes, tens, maybe hundreds of e-mails blow into your in-box, requesting, “Me too.” 

Solution? “Tornado buster”—To make it easier for you to unsubscribe from the listserv forum, LACBA is moving the “unsubscribe” link to the top of your e-mail. Even if you want to unsubscribe for just a day, simply click on this highly accessible link, and after your browser opens a Web page, click on “yes.” Your request goes only to the machinery, not to your colleagues on the list. 

No more tornadoes? Let’s hope so. 

And remember: To resubscribe to your listserv forum after a break, you MUST contact Member Services and ask to be re-enlisted by sending an e-mail to or by calling (213) 896-6560. You can find more information about listservs at

What are your thoughts? What would you like to see on Send feedback to or call Mark Biskeborn at (213) 896-6401.

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