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1. GENERAL LIST INFO
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2. WHERE TO GO FOR SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, LOST PASSWORDS, OR OTHERWISE CHANGE YOUR OPTIONS
CHANGES to your personal options are made at:
where XXXX@ZZZZ is YOUR email address.
Other options include vacation hold, digest vs. individual messages.
It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you bookmark the resulting webpage (customized for YOUR email address).
3. ARCHIVE--VIEWING PAST MESSAGES
The searchable ARCHIVE can be accessed at: http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/pleurothallid-l
You do not need to be subscribed to view old messages on the ibiblio list.
4. WANT TO POST A MESSAGE?
a. You **MUST** be subscribed to post to the list.
b. To subscribe go to the bottom of the page at http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/pleurothallid-l
c. Keep your password, but you can always get it (SEE #2 above) Yes, passwords are necessary; we cannot get around them.
5. POSTING GUIDELINES
a. POST IN PLAIN TEXT (ASCII) ONLY. HTML is not handled well, particularly in the archive. Consult the help file for your email program if you have questions about the format of your messages.
b. DO NOT POST ADMINISTRATIVE REQUESTS (unsubscribe, etc) TO THE LIST. First try to handle yourself. Ibiblio will send a message EVERY MONTH including a reminder of your user password and common commands.
c. POSTING GUIDELINES/ETIQUETTE
1. Please sign your posts. Include general location and climate information if relevant.
2. If you want to ask (or answer) a question, by all means do it! That is the purpose of this list.
Make posts and replies to the list, not privately, as many others may have similar questions.
3. Please do not post file attachments. If unavoidable attach ONLY plain text files (.txt), NOT word processor (.doc), NOT Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) NOR graphics files of ANY type.
4. Include only pertinent comments/questions when replying to a post--NOT THE ENTIRE MESSAGE.
5. If you quote a message, remove the original posters email address. Otherwise it will show up in the archive, which is
potentially accessible to email-harvesting programs.
6. Try to avoid posting messages that are "one-liners" - ones with short answers that really
aren't of interest to the list. It is a good idea to keep the list as relevant to as many
subscribers as possible. Limit "me too" replies to the list; many people see them as clutter
that lowers the "signal-to-noise" ratio.
7. If you want to thank the person who answered - reply DIRECTLY to that person using their own
email address, not the list address. We'll all assume you are grateful - you don't have to
thank each of us in a post to the group. If you want to make a personal statement of some kind,
please respond "off-line" to minimize "noise."
8. Remember that there ARE quiet periods from time to time.
d. NO ATTACHMENTS!! CAN'T BE SAID ENOUGH.
Be aware that this list forwards ALL ATTACHMENTS. Besides the annoying (LONG) attachments, this *can*
include malicious attachments like viruses, worms, and their ilk. Since many email programs can be
configured to AUTOMATICALLY open attachments, you may wish to disable this option. Manually opening
attachments takes your cooperation but achieves the same effect. Similar considerations can apply to
MIME and HTML formatting. (The default on this list is NO MIME.)
Check for security updates to your email program, and consider running a good anti-virus program with a
CURRENT library of viral signatures. Most programs provide free updates of current viral data files.
Even nice people get viruses, which hijack the owners email to forward themselves to the users' email
address books. Receiving email puts you at risk for receiving viruses. Educate yourself and take
appropriate steps to protect yourself.
6. MAKING CHANGES BY EMAIL (Instead of Web Page Noted in #2)
Not for the faint-of-heart. The web page is much easier. However, here's a guide for those interested.
A list of EMAIL BASED COMMANDS can be obtained by sending the word "help" (without the quotes)
as the sole message body to [firstname.lastname@example.org]
You can make adjustments to your user account via email by sending a message to: [email@example.com]
with the word `help' in the subject or body (don't include the quotes), and you will receive a message with
instructions. ALL COMMANDS ARE SENT to [firstname.lastname@example.org] with different text in the body of
the message. Your password is ALWAYS required as part of the command. If you have forgotten your password you
can get that by email only.
Substitute the phrase [password] with YOUR password. (Be forewarned that if your email program adds a signture
to message, the server will try to execute those lines as though they are commands UNLESS you finish each
command with the word "end".)
Sample message bodies:
CHANGE TO DIGEST MODE
Set Digest On [password]
CHANGE TO No Mail MODE
Set NoMail [password]
GET YOUR PASSWORD
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