[LMB] Lois-Bujold Mailing List Administrivia FAQ

Michael Bernardi mike at dendarii.co.uk
Sat May 20 14:37:06 BST 2006


Last-Modified: 28 October 2002
Version: 3.0.2
URL:  http://www.dendarii.com/bujold_admin.html

Other FAQs
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Lois-Bujold Mailing List FAQ 
  (list etiquette and conventions, links, merchandising):

 http://www.dendarii.com/bujold_lst.html

Plot FAQ (plot questions, pronounciation guides):

  http://www.dendarii.com/bujold_faq.html

Biographical and Bibliographical FAQ 
  (Lois herself, and book details):

   http://www.dendarii.com/bujold_bio.html


Lois-Bujold Mailing List Administrivia FAQ         
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1. What is this list anyhow?
2. How do I subscribe to the list?
3. I forgot my password!  What do I do?
4. How do I unsubscribe to the list?
5. How do I send messages to the list?
6. Is there any way to cut down the amount of mail from the list?
7. I'm going on holiday, how do I pause the list?
8. Who is the list owner, anyway?
9. Where are the archives for this list?
10. How can list mail be filtered from the rest of my mail?
11. How can I get help on setting other list options?
12. I see lots of extra header lines in each e-mail.  What can 
I do?


1. What is this list anyhow?

This mailing list is for the discussion of the works of Lois McMaster
Bujold, the award winning science fiction and fantasy author.

It is currently unmoderated.


2. How do I subscribe to the list?

You can do this in two ways. You can either:


1) point a web browser at

	http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold

and follow the instructions there, or

2) send mail to 

	lois-bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk

and in the subject or the body of the message, put the word

	subscribe

Both of these options will require that you confirm your
subscription by replying to a mail that will be sent to the
address you give.

If you have problems with this, contact the list owner (see below).


3. How do I unsubscribe from the list?

You can do this in two ways. (Do you sense a pattern here?)
You can either:


1) visit the list configuration web page by going to:

	http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold .

Enter the e-mail address under which you are subscribed at 
the bottom of the page where it says "Lois-Bujold Subscribers", 
and click the "Edit Options" button.

Enter your list password in the appropriate box and click the 
"Unsubscribe" button.

Or, 

2) send a mail message to

Lois-Bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk

with the following in the subject line or in the message body:

UNSUBSCRIBE <yourlistpassword>

Do not include the "<>"s in the e-mail.

If you are not sending this e-mail from the address you are 
subscribed under, use this format:

UNSUBSCRIBE <yourlistpassword> <subscriptionaddress>

Again, if you have problems with this, contact the list owner.


4. I forgot my password!  What do I do?

One option is to wait.  Your password will be e-mailed to you in 
a reminder message about once a month.

The other method for getting your password is to visit the list 
web page:

	http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold

Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says "Lois-Bujold 
Subscribers". Enter the e-mail address under which you are 
subscribed, and click the "Edit Options" button. The next page 
has a button to have your password sent to your e-mail address.

5. How do I send messages to the list?

Messages for the list at large should be sent to

lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk

There is no requirement to follow any threads that may already be 
in progress.  Feel free to start discussion on anything you like, 
as long as it's at least vaguely relevant, (or even if it isn't).  
Off-topic posts should be marked with the off-topic marker of 
"OT:" (all three characters are required).  See more dicsussion 
of off-topic posts in the Off-Topic FAQ.

Flaming, and rudeness in general, is strongly discouraged.


6. Is there any way to cut down the amount of mail from the list?

Assuming that you do not want to leave the list altogether, you 
can switch to "digest mode".  You will receive a few large 
e-mails each day which bundle the individual messages.  Digests 
can be sent in plain text or MIME format.

You can set your subscription to the digest mode in two ways. 

1) Visit the list configuration web page by going to:

	http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold

entering the e-mail address under which you are subscribed at 
the bottom of the page where it says "Lois-Bujold Subscribers", 
and clicking the "Edit Options" button.

Use the radio buttons to set Digest Mode to On, and also to 
select the format you prefer for the digest messages.  Enter your 
list password in the box at the bottom of the page, and click the 
"Submit My Changes" button.


Or, 

2) E-mail the list processor (lois-bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk)
with the following in the subject line or in the message body:

SET DIGEST ON <yourlistpassword>

Do not include the "<>"s in the e-mail.

To return to individual messages, use 
mail from either of them, use the command

SET DIGEST OFF <yourlistpassword>

You may also choose to receive no mail, and read the list 
archives on the Web.  See FAQ #7 for how to stop incoming mail, 
and FAQ #9 for accessing the list archives.


7. I'm going on holiday, how do I pause the list?

If you are going away for a SHORT period and do not want a 
massive buildup of list mail in your mail box, but you don't want 
to permanantly resign from the list, you can disable mail 
delivery from the list.  You might also do this if you want to 
read the list on the Web, but still want to be able to send 
messages to the list.

You can set your subscription to nomail in two ways. Either:

1) Visit the list configuration web page by going to:

	http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold

enter the e-mail address under which you are subscribed at the 
bottom of the page under "Lois-Bujold Subscribers", and click
the "Edit Options" button.

Change the radio button under "Disable mail delivery" to "On", 
enter your list password in the box at the bottom of the page, 
and click the "Submit My Changes" button.

Or,

2) E-mail the list processor (lois-bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk)
with the following in the subject line or in the message body:

SET NOMAIL ON <yourlistpassword>

When you get back, reset to normal by sending an e-mail to the same 
address:

SET NOMAIL OFF <yourlistpassword>


8. Who is the list owner, anyway?

The list owner is Mel Harper 
<lois-bujold-admin at lists.herald.co.uk>.  She owns the computer 
the list runs on and any technical problems or queries about the 
running of the list should be directed to her.  Any queries about 
joining or leaving which cannot be answered using the help 
available from the mail server should also be addressed to Mel.

Any question about list etiquette, the FAQs, and the Web site 
should be directed to Michael Bernardi <mike at dendarii.com>, who 
was responsible for the initial creation of the list in October 
1994.  FAQ updates are now handled by Nancy Barber 
<nancy at dendarii.com>

Do _not_ send problems about your subscription or complaints 
about the list administration such to the list at large.


9. Where are the archives for this list?

The messages sent to this list are automatically archived.  The 
archives are located at:

    http://lists.herald.co.uk/pipermail/lois-bujold/ .

This is particularly useful if for some reason you miss some 
postings.

In December 2001, the list changed from one listserver software 
(Listproc) to another (Mailman).  The archives of the older 
listserver will be integrated into the new archives shortly.  In 
the meantime, the older archived digests can be accessed at:

    http://lists.herald.co.uk/old-archives/lois-bujold/  .


10. How can list mail be filtered from the rest of my mail?

As of December 2001, e-mail from the list is tagged with 
"[LMB]" in the Subject: line.  You can sort all mail containing 
that string into a dedicated mail folder if your e-mail program 
supports this.  

If your e-mail program doesn't support filtering, simply sorting 
your inbox on the Subject: will help, but as some mailers insert 
"Re:" before the list tag and others after (and some mailers use 
"Sv:" as a reply marker), this solution is not ideal.

In more sophisticated e-mail programs, you can set your mail 
program to sort on the header field "To:" or "Reply-To:", both of 
which will be "lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk".


11. How can I get help on setting other list options?

Send e-mail to

     lois-Bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk

and put the word "Help" (without the quotes) in either the 
subject or body of the e-mail.


12. I see lots of extra header lines in each e-mail.  What can I do?

The mailing list software inserts a number of header lines into 
each post, such as:

List-Help: <mailto:lois-bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk?subject=help>
List-Post: <mailto:lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
List-Subscribe: <http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold>, 
  <mailto:lois-bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk?subject=subscribe> <BR>
List-Id: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold. 
  <lois-bujold.lists.herald.co.uk> <BR>
List-Unsubscribe: <http://lists.herald.co.uk/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold>, 
  <mailto:lois-bujold-request at lists.herald.co.uk?subject=unsubscribe> <BR>
List-Archive: <http://lists.herald.co.uk/pipermail/lois-bujold/>

If you are using a UNIX mail program, you can probably tell the 
mailer to ignore all headers beginning with "List-".

If you are using Eudora for the PC or the Mac, see the Web 
version of this FAQ for instructions on hiding the extra headers:

    http://www.dendarii.com/bujold_admin.html#headers


FAQ History
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Version 3.0.2   Removed link to FTP location of old list archives

Version 3.0.1   Changed URL for old list archives

Version 3.0.0   Rewritten for Mailman software and list server 
                changes. Also some reformatting, including adding the   
                list of questions at the beginning. Moved "other 
                online groups" to main FAQ. Revison by Nancy Barber.

Version 2.2.2   Minor ammendments, including changing the address of
                "The Bujold Nexus" to www.dendarii.com

Version 2.2.1   Added info on how to pause the list, and other minor
                ammendments

Version 2.2.0   Added new Plot FAQ

Version 2.1.7   Minor ammendments

Version 2.1.4   Included as part of Lois McMaster Bujold Home Page which
                was created at the beginning of May 1996

Version 2.1.2   Added details of Digest Archive

Version 2.1.1   End of year revisions

Version 2.1.0   Changed e-mail address to mike at dendarii.demon.co.uk

Version 2.0.2   Added details of Publishers' Web sites

Version 2.0.1   A few minor cosmetic changes

Version 2.0     List moved to lois-bujold at herald.co.uk after UEL list was
                closed, at the beginning of May 1995. The mailing list 
                was re-opened at its new site on 22 May 1995, with much
                thanks to Melanie Dymond Harper.

Version 1.3     Changed FAQ posting software

Version 1.2     Added information on getting this file via listserver

Version 1.1     Added information about general Lois-Bujold_FAQ

Version 1.0     Started 8 August 1994.  
                The mailing list was opened to the general public on
                30 October 1994. This document compiled by Michael 
                Bernardi from an example provided by Melanie Dymond  
                Harper.

Suggestions for material to be included in this document should 
be sent to lmb-faq at dendarii.com .
                
Copyright 1994/2002 by Michael Bernardi. This file may be freely
distributed provided that it remains unedited from its current form.
Sections may be quoted for reference providing its source is given.
It may be printed out for personal use.


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