Email Distribution Lists

Message Headers

A message received via a distribution list will have special values in the From: and To: fields of the message header.


The From: address will be a virtual email address of the member sending the message, using the their first and last names, and ending with


From: Arthur Gidlow <>

This format helps smooth the way for message reception, as the system is the correct system for messages originating from addresses.

Although a virtual address, it is possible for the recipient to send a reply in the usual manner. The system will take care of forwarding the reply to the correct 'real' address of the member who sent the original message.


The To: address will contain the name and address of the distribution list.


To: Gardening Club members <>

This shows clearly that the message was sent to a distribution list, and not sent to an individual member.