Re: Help Please

Subject: Re: Help Please
From: Kim Adams <kimadams -at- OZ -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 11:01:31 GMT

I was up late--it's 3 a.m. here. Hope this reaches you before you leave on
your trip.

>Your subscription to the TECHWR-L list (Technical Writers List; for all
>Technical Communication issues) has been accepted.

>Please save this message 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 are the 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 like this one, and for the "welcome messages" from the
>list owners that you are will occasionally receive after subscribing to a new

>To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send
>mail to TECHWR-L -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- 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 (TECHWR-L -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- 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 -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or
>LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- 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 him but you will probably be excused the first
>time. If you do it regularly, however, he 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 or thousands of people at the same time, so a lot more
>people get annoyed if you use the wrong number.

>You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF TECHWR-L" command to
>LISTSERV -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- 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 TECHWR-L 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 TECHWR-L. If you send a "SET TECHWR-L 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 TECHWR-L NOACK NOREPRO".

>Following instructions from the list owner, your subscription options have been
>set to "REPRO" rather than the usual LISTSERV defaults. For more information
>about subscription options, send a "QUERY TECHWR-L" command to
>LISTSERV -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU).

>Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a list
>of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX TECHWR-L" command to
>LISTSERV -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU). You can then order
>these files with a "GET TECHWR-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database
>search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the

>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 TECHWR-L 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 -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU).

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