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COMMUNITY_GARDEN Elist Instructions

  • Subject: [cg] COMMUNITY_GARDEN Elist Instructions
  • From: "Betsy Johnson" betsy@bgjohnson.com
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 07:52:24 -0400

To COMMUNITY_GARDEN Elist subscribers,

Because of regular questions related to subscribing, unsubscribing,
accessing the archives, and netiquette, twice each year, we will post Elist
Instructions.  The instructions are also now available at

Here is a plea regarding REPLYING:

Many list members keep reposting the entire contents of a digest from which
they are replying to only one message. Please reply to a single message, NOT
hitting "Reply" when responding? It's a waste of space, and I'm sure that
other people are not happy about getting the entire text of a past digest
over and over and over again.

I've been tempted several times just to post a message saying PLEASE DO NOT
lot, though. This list was a wonderful discovery.

Betsy Johnson

Executive Director

American Community Gardening Assoc.

877-275-2242   betsyjohnson@communitygarden.org


Important: Please save this message for future reference

The following commands allow you to administer all COMMUNITY_GARDEN commands
and functions on your own. In case of problems or for other assistance in
using this COMMUNITY_GARDEN Elist, you may contact


1.	Introduction:  What is COMMUNITY_GARDEN Elist?
2.	Posting messages on COMMUNITY_GARDEN Elist
3.	Administrative functions:

a.	Subscribing to COMMUNITY_GARDEN
b.	Unsubscribing to COMMUNITY_GARDEN
c.	Subscriber options: Customizing reception mode (digest, etc.)
d.	Archives for COMMUNITY_GARDEN

4.	Netiquette


COMMUNITY_GARDEN is an email listserv provided free by Mallorn Computing to
the American Community Gardening Association.  The list was established to
allow Community Gardeners, Community Organizers, Master Gardeners and others
interested in developing or enhancing community gardening programs to
communicate via email.  ACGA membership is not required for subscription to

COMMUNITY_GARDEN is unmoderated - any subscriber (non-subscriber postings
are rejected) may post an item directly to all others on the list by sending
an email to community_garden@mallorn.com
<mailto:communitygarden@mallorn.com> . Subject matter posted should be
appropriate to the purposes of the list and be of interest to multiple


Note: Commands may be sent in UPPER or in lower case.

 * To reach ALL PERSONS on the list, send your email posting to:


 * To reply only to the person posting, reply only to that person's address
- this is the default setting.

POSTING FREQUENCY:  Please be considerate with your posting frequency and
content - remember that your message goes to almost 1000 subscribers.
"Reply" postings to the listserv should be of interest to multiple
subscribers, not just the original sender.

Reply with Caution!

Always check the "To:" line after you use the reply feature of your email
program and ensure the message is destined for the correct address (either
the list or an individual). A hasty reply can mean embarrassment to both the
sender and the recipient - it has happened in the past, and it could happen
again - do not let it happen to you.


a.   Subscribing

To subscribe go to http://www.communitygarden.org/emaillist.php

Enter your email.  If you plan to post from more than one email address, you
must subscribe both addresses.

Select a password.   You must enter a privacy password. This provides only
mild security, but should prevent others from messing with your
subscription. Do not use valuable passwords! Once a month, your password
will be emailed to you as a reminder.

Select whether you wish to receive each email posting separately or as a
single daily email (DIGEST form).  If you plan to be an active respondent,
receiving the emails singly is recommended.

b.      Unsubscribing

Once you have joined COMMUNITY_GARDEN you may unsubscribe at any time, as
well as change options related to receiving mail.

When you want to leave COMMUNITY_GARDEN for any reason, you must unsubscribe
from it. You may re-subscribe at any time.  If  your email address changes,
you must unsubscribe your previous email and then subscribe with the new
email address.  You may also choose to suspend receiving email, but remain a
subscriber and thereby able to make postings.

To subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscription, go to


c.  Subscriber Options

Options available:

Disable mail delivery

Turn this on if you want mail to not be delivered to you for a little while.
 Off  On

Set Digest Mode

If you turn digest mode on, you'll get posts bundled together once a day,
instead singly when they're sent. If digest mode is changed from on to off,
you will receive one last digest.
 Off  On

Get MIME or Plain Text Digests?

If you have any problems with MIME digests, select plain text.
 MIME  Plain Text

Receive posts you send to the list?

 Yes  No

Receive acknowledgement mail when you send mail to the list?

 No  Yes

Conceal yourself from subscriber list?

 No  Yes


Instead of receiving individual mail messages from the list, subscriber will
daily receive batched messages in a Digest.  Digest compiles a group of
messages from the list, using the multipart/digest MIME format.


This mode is used when a subscriber no longer wishes to receive mail from
the list, but nevertheless wishes to retain the ability to post to the list.
This mode therefore eliminates the need for the subscriber to unsubscribe
and the having to subscribe later on.

d.  The Archive

All messages sent to members of COMMUNITY_GARDEN are saved to a list
archive.  The archive allows you to revisit posting and discussions.  All
list messages are saved into the archive as soon as they are posted.  YOU DO

You may navigate from the Home page of www.communitygarden.org
<http://www.communitygarden.org/>  or go directly to
<http://www.hort.net/lists/community_garden/>     Messages are grouped by
month (since March 1999).  The messages in each month may be sorted by
Author, Date, or Thread (subject).

The Archives may be searched for key word(s), e.g., starting a garden,
compost, threatened.  Be sure to check each of the years that you want
included in the search.


Customary netiquette is expected (e.g., no spamming, advertising, flaming).
Please respect the opinions of others and help to maintain a level of
professionalism in your exchanges.  All posting are statements and opinions
of individual posters and not of the American Community Gardening
Association, unless specifically indicated by ACGA's President or Executive

General Guidelines for mailing lists

*	Read both mailing lists and newsgroups for a while before you post
anything. This helps you to get an understanding of the culture of the
*	Do not blame the system administrator for the behavior of the system
*	Consider that a large audience will see your posts. That may include
your present or your next boss. Take care in what you write. Remember too,
that the postings are archived, and that your words may be stored for a very
long time in a place to which many people have access.
*	Assume that individuals speak for themselves, and what they say does
not represent their organization (unless stated explicitly).
*	Remember that both mail take system resources. Pay attention to any
specific rules covering their uses your organization may have.
*	Messages and articles should be brief and to the point.  Don't
wander off-topic, don't ramble and don't send mail or post messages solely
to point out other people's errors in typing or spelling.
*	Subject lines should follow the conventions of the group.
*	Forgeries and spoofing are not approved behavior.
*	Advertising is unwelcome.  Relevant product recommendations are
*	If you are sending a reply to a message or a posting be sure you
summarize the original at the top of the message, or include just enough
text of the original to give a context. This will make sure readers
understand when they start to read your response.  Giving context helps
everyone, but do not include the entire original!
*	Again, be sure to have a signature which you attach to your message.
This will guarantee that any peculiarities of mailers which strip header
information will not delete the only reference in the message of how people
may reach you.
*	Be careful when you reply to messages or postings.  Frequently
replies are sent back to the address which originated the post - which in
many cases is the address of a list or group! You may accidentally send a
personal response to a great many people, embarrassing all involved. It's
best to type in the address instead of relying on "reply."
*	Delivery receipts, non-delivery notices, and vacation programs are
neither totally standardized nor totally reliable across the range of
systems connected to Internet mail. They are invasive when sent to mailing
lists.  In short, do not use them.  Consider unsubscribing or setting a
nomail option when you cannot check your mail for an extended period.
*	If you find a personal message has gone to a list or group, send an
apology to the person and to the group.
*	If you should find yourself in a disagreement with one person, make
your responses directly to each other rather than continue to send messages
to the list or the group. If you are debating a point on which the group
might have some interest, you may summarize for them later.
*	Don't get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to
incendiary material.
*	Avoid sending messages or posting articles which are no more than
gratuitous replies to replies.
*	Be careful with monospacing fonts and diagrams. These will display
differently on different systems, and with different mailers on the same
*	Don't send large files to mailing lists when Uniform Resource
Locators (URLs) or pointers to ftp-able versions will do. If you want to
send it as multiple files, be sure to follow the culture of the group. If
you don't know what that is, ask.
*	When sending a message to more than one mailing list, especially if
the lists are closely related, apologize for cross-posting.

The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org

To post an e-mail to the list:  community_garden@mallorn.com

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