One word of warning: A very common mistake, annoying all subscribers, is that people send subscription messages to the lists themselves (the list address), instead of the administration address, such that these messages are broadcasted to all subscribers. In this case, the list manager will have to intervene and add you manually. The same applies to leaving lists.
If you do get into a situation where you want the list owner's help, see section 3 for how to reach the administrator directly.
There are some related overviews available. We mention explicitly
Allan Reese (1994) provides a good motivation for novices to start Internet activities. It contains descriptions of selected lists and typical questions raised there.
And finally, the issue 10/94 of the German computer magazine c't contains several introductory articles. Hosenfeld (1994) comprises the terminology and introduces to the most important services.
HOSENFELD, F. 1994: Keimzelle: Von EMail bis WWW -- die wichtigsten Dienste des Internet. c't magazin für computertechnik, 10/94, 112--118.KROL, ED 1994: The Whole Internet: User's Guide and Catalog. 2nd edition. O'Reilly & Associates.REESE, R. ALLAN 1994: The Internet -- A User's View. Chance, Vol. 7, No. 4, 49--54.