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Date: Thu Jan 25, 2001 1:05 am
Subject: You have been added to the SW-L list
Wed, 24 Jan 2001 20:05:47
You have been added to the SW-L mailing list (SignWriting List) by Paul
Please save this message for future reference, especially if this is the
first time you subscribe 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 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
() 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", 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 address.
You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF SW-L" command to
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 SW-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 SW-L. If you send a "SET SW-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 SW-L
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 SW-L" command
Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a
list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX SW-L" command to
You can then order these files with a "GET
SW-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database search facilities.
Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the latter.
This list is available in digest form. If you wish to receive the
digested version of the postings, just issue a SET SW-L DIGEST command.
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 SW-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"