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- Subject: You have been added to the IGSROBIN list
- From: "L-Soft list server at St. John's University (1.8d)" <LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
- Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 08:05:45 -0500
Mon, 31 May 2004 08:05:45
You have been added to the IGSROBIN mailing list (IGSROBIN) by David
Please save this message for future reference, especially if this is the
first time you are subscribing to an electronic mailing list. If you ever
need to leave the list, you will find the necessary instructions below.
Perhaps more importantly, saving a copy of this message (and of all
future subscription notices from other mailing lists) in a special mail
folder will give you instant access to the list of mailing lists that you
are subscribed to. This may prove very useful the next time you go on
vacation and need to leave the lists temporarily so as not to fill up
your mailbox while you are away! You should also save the "welcome
messages" from the list owners that you will occasionally receive after
subscribing to a new list.
To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list,
just send mail to IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU. This is called "sending
mail to the list," because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV
makes copies for all the people who have subscribed. This address
(IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU) is also called the "list address." You
must never try to send any command to that address, as it would be
distributed to all the people who have subscribed. All commands must be
sent to the "LISTSERV address," LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU. It is
very important to understand the difference between the two, but
fortunately it is not complicated. The LISTSERV address is like a FAX
number that connects you to a machine, whereas the list address is like a
normal voice line connecting you to a person. If you make a mistake and
dial the FAX number when you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you
will quickly realize that you used the wrong number and call again. No
harm will have been done. If on the other hand you accidentally make your
FAX call someone's voice line, the person receiving the call will be
inconvenienced, especially if your FAX then re-dials every 5 minutes. The
fact that most people will eventually connect the FAX machine to the
voice line to allow the FAX to go through and make the calls stop does
not mean that you should continue to send FAXes to the voice number.
People would just get mad at you. It works pretty much the same way with
mailing lists, with the difference that you are calling hundreds or
thousands of people at the same time, and consequently you can expect a
lot of people to get upset if you consistently send commands to the list
You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF IGSROBIN"
command to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU. You can also tell LISTSERV how
you want it to confirm the receipt of messages you send to the list. If
you do not trust the system, send a "SET IGSROBIN REPRO" command and
LISTSERV will send you a copy of your own messages, so that you can see
that the message was distributed and did not get damaged on the way.
After a while you may find that this is getting annoying, especially if
your mail program does not tell you that the message is from you when it
informs you that new mail has arrived from IGSROBIN. If you send a "SET
IGSROBIN ACK NOREPRO" command, LISTSERV will mail you a short
acknowledgement instead, which will look different in your mailbox
directory. With most mail programs you will know immediately that this is
an acknowledgement you can read later. Finally, you can turn off
acknowledgements completely with "SET IGSROBIN NOACK NOREPRO".
Following instructions from the list owner, your subscription options
have been set to "REPRO NODIGESTS NOMIME SHORTHDR" rather than the usual
LISTSERV defaults. For more information about subscription options, send
a "QUERY IGSROBIN" command to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU.
This list is available in digest form. If you wish to receive the
digested version of the postings, just issue a SET IGSROBIN DIGEST
Please note that it is presently possible for other people to determine
that you are signed up to the list through the use of the "REVIEW"
command, which returns the e-mail address and name of all the
subscribers. If you do not want your name to be visible, just issue a
"SET IGSROBIN CONCEAL" command.
More information on LISTSERV commands can be found in the LISTSERV
reference card, which you can retrieve by sending an "INFO REFCARD"
command to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU.