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Usage guidelines for IGSROBIN

  • Subject: Usage guidelines for IGSROBIN
  • From: "L-Soft list server at St. John's University (1.8d)" <LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
  • Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 08:05:46 -0500

Subject: Welcome to the IGSROBIN

Welcome to the IGSROBIN Mailing List - an e-mail discussion group for anyone
interested in the Geraniaceae family; that is plants of the 5 genera
Pelargonium, Geranium, Erodium, Monsonia, and Sarcocaulon, plus the newly
added genus Hypsiocharis. List membership is for anyone - hobby gardeners
and show exhibitors, specialist and general nursery owners, botanists and
other  professionals.  Our only goal is to share information about this
plant family and to encourage other gardeners to experiment with  more new,
and older, varieties.

Being the genus with the largest number of garden and greenhouse cultivars,
pelargoniums, commonly known as geraniums to gardeners in English speaking
areas of the world, are represented most often as the topic of discussion.
The true, hardier, geraniums often get a look in, as sometimes do erodiums.
But the content of the discussion is reliant on those on the List and that
means if the species of the succulent "bushman's candles", or sarcocalons,
are your subject get writing and see who else of our 100 members is

IGSROBIN is an un-moderated Mailing List.  The general rules of netiquette
should be followed.  If a person consistently flames another person's
comments, that member will be deleted from the membership list.  Courtesy is
expected at all times.

All mail to the list should be sent in Plain Text only. Some of our current,
and potential new List members, can only receive e-mail in this form, so as
attractive as it is to use the extra facilities of Rich Text (HTML), this
List does not. Discussion is the reason for the Robin. If you want a picture
to be seen by other members for identification, or whatever reason, contact
me directly to arrange a method of doing this.

If you would like more information about the IGS Robin, there is a website
for the List at  www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/1000feet/igsrob

If you have any problems feel free to contact me, ( David Barrett
david@1000feet.prestel.co.uk ) the Primary List Owner, at
any time.

When I am not available, such as an occasional Vacation/Holiday, the
Secondary List Owner ( Brenda Archer  barche@ix.netcom.com ), will deal with
any problems - but please don't contact her without leaving several days (at
least) for me to get back to you.

Lastly, if you don't wish to be anonymous, it would be interesting to know
where you are. Some members give out this sort of information freely on the
lists mail, but if you don't wish to do this, but would be willing to inform
me directly I will not pass it on or record it anywhere accessible. I live
in the Snowdonian mountains of Northwest Wales, in the UK.

David Barrett, IGS Robin List Owner


A comment from the previous List Owner:


Windows95 and MS Exchange cause  problems on the list unless they are
configured correctly. If you are using MSExchange,  the built-in mail
program that came with WIN95, be sure that you change the "properties" for
the  list's address in your "Personal Address Book" to be sure that you do
not send mail in "Microsoft Exchange Rich Text Format". To do this,  double
click on the  address,  and unclick  on the box  that says "Always Send To
This Recipient In Microsoft Exchange Rich Text Format." This will eliminate
the  WINMAIL.DAT file garbage that sometimes appears at the  end of
messages. This file contains the font type and color information and other
things that can corrupt other mail readers. You also need to turn off RTF
and MIME.

If you are using any other kind of a mail program,  it is just good form to
be sure that the mail program is sending out mail in "text only" format, as
many people don't have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) based reader.


Technical Information on using Listserv based discussion lists

Please save the following for future reference, especially if you are not
familiar with LISTSERV. This might look like a waste of disk space now, but
in 6 months you will  be glad you saved this information when you realize
that you cannot remember what lists you  are subscribed to, or what is the
command to leave the list to avoid filling up your mailbox while you are on
vacations. In fact, you should create a new mail folder for subscription
confirmation messages, for the "welcome messages" from the list owners, like
this one, and other information 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, but not implemented by software. 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, and the list address is like a normal
phone line. If you make your FAX call someone's regular phone number by
mistake, it will be an unpleasant experience for them but you will probably
be excused the first time. If you do it regularly, however, they will
probably get upset and send you a nasty complaint. It is the same with
mailing lists, with the difference that you are calling hundreds of people
at the same time, so a lot more people get annoyed if you use the wrong

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". If you have a
signature file, disable that feature before sending your message or your
commands may not take effect.

Here are some other commands you will find useful in the future. For all of
them, you must send email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu . Leave the
subject line blank and put the appropriate command in the body of the
message. Do not type anything after the commands. If you have a signature
file, disable that feature before sending your message or your commands may
not take effect.

Type only the words which are not enclosed in parentheses.

SET igsrobin DIGESTS
(You will stop receiving each message at the time it is sent to the List,
and instead you will receive a daily log from the List containing all the
individual  messages. This command will not effect your ability to send
messages. You will still be able to post at any time.)

(You will resume receiving individual messages instead of the daily log)

SET igsrobin NOMAIL
(Temporarily suspends your subscription while you are on vacation, busy,
etc. This command may also be used to postpone delivery of digests. Please
do not use this option indefinitely. Unsubscribe if you are no longer
interested in receiving igsrobin mail)

SET igsrobin MAIL
(Resumes your temporarily suspended mail, whether individual or digests)


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