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Annie Fetter

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administrative details - first Weekly Posting
Posted: Jul 4, 1995 12:09 PM
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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
(majordomo is a piece of software that handles our mailing lists). The
body of the message (not the subject) should read

unsubscribe nctm-l

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
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.


Annie Fetter | The Geometry Forum | Voice: 610 328-8225
Project Coordinator | Swarthmore College | 800 756-7823 | Swarthmore PA 19081 | Fax: 610 328-7824

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