A couple things I guess I ought to make into a weekly posting. We can cut it back to monthly when things slow down...
1) How to Unsubscribe from this list
I shouldn't have to explain this every week, because it's in the Welcome Message that you receive when you subscribe to the list (and yes, I am going to sound like an ogre harping on this, but when you become a member of an online community, there are certain responsibilities that go along with that. Please make an effort to learn them). But anyway, when you are unsubscribing from a mailing list, you must mail to the ADMINISTRATIVE ADDRESS, NOT the list address. The 500+ people reading the list can't unsubscribe you.
So to unsubscribe, send a message to email@example.com (majordomo is a piece of software that handles our mailing lists). The body of the message (not the subject) should read
That's all there is to it. Please save a copy of this message if you haven't saved the welcome message.
2) What happens when your mailbox fills up
There are a number of people whose mailboxes continually fill up, resulting in a bounced mail message to me for every posting to this group. Five mailboxes fill up, and I get 80 messages overnight. I had been unsubscribing people whose mailboxes filled up frequently, but now I am going to instead subscribe you to the digest version of the list. That way your account won't generate more than one bounced mail message a day. If this happens to you, and you don't like the digest version, try to get your mailbox quota increased or something. Yes, you can change your subscription back to the regular version, but if you do and your mailbox continually fills up, I will unsubscribe you permanently. Going through all this bounced mail really puts a damper on my real job (imagine getting six or seven bounced mail messages for every real piece of mail you get).
3) How to get the archives of this group
Currently all the "modern" (since it moved to forum.swarthmore.edu) archives of this group are available only in monthly digests. I hope to rectify this by the end of the summer, but am not sure when I'll have time. You can get these archives via anonymous ftp at
Eventually we will have discussion threads available as well. If you cannot ftp something (which you can also do over the WWW), let me know, and I'll post the directions for accessing the archives via our mail server.
4) Help keep the list healthy
Just a couple things: Please edit the messages to which you are replying, and please change the subject line if you are changing the subject (duh)! If you don't know how to change the subject line in your mail program, make a conscious effort to figure it out (mail me if you need help - I probably know the answer).
5) Exciting news coming soon
In the next couple of days (I hope!) I will be announcing the availability of nctm-l as a discussion group on the Web. Hopefully this will ease the crunch for some of you.
If you ever have any questions about anything administrative, ranging from the "proper" content of this group to questions about the software you use to read mail or do ftp, just write and I'll give you a hand.
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