[OPE-L] list reference material

From: ope-admin@ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu
Date: Thu Dec 08 2005 - 16:04:17 EST

The following, which is sent to new members by listserv, has some
basic information that you should know about but not all of you
may have received (especially long-time members). Disregard the bit
below about how this list is  "confidential" and how "you should not
publicly mention its existence."  (Important note: the following
message was written for all closed lists distributed by listserv and
not by any OPE-L listmembers).

In solidarity, Jerry

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: You have been added to the OPE-L list
From:    "L-Soft list server at CSU, Chico ListServe (1.8e)"
You   have  been   added   to   the  OPE-L   mailing   list  (OPE-L)   by

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 OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.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
(OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.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@SUS.CSUCHICO.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 address.

You may leave the  list at any time by sending  a "SIGNOFF OPE-L" command
to LISTSERV@SUS.CSUCHICO.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 OPE-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 OPE-L.  If  you send  a "SET  OPE-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

Following  instructions from  the list  owner, your  subscription options
have been set to "NOACK REPRO  SUBJECTHDR" rather than the usual LISTSERV
defaults. For more information about  subscription options, send a "QUERY

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a
list of the  available archive files by sending an  "INDEX OPE-L" command
to LISTSERV@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU. You can then  order these files with a "GET
OPE-L LOGxxxx" command.

This  list is  available  in digest  form.  If you  wish  to receive  the
digested version of the postings, just issue a SET OPE-L DIGEST command.

IMPORTANT: This list is confidential. You should not publicly mention its
existence, or forward copies of information  you have obtained from it to
third  parties. Please  note  that the  "GIVE"  command is  automatically
disabled for all archive files.

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 OPE-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"

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