1 Jan 2005 14:11
Web4Lib Frequently Asked Questions List Jan 01
Thomas Dowling <tdowling@...>
2005-01-01 13:11:39 GMT
2005-01-01 13:11:39 GMT
WEB4LIB FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS January 01, 2005 [Note: I am not the Web4Lib listowner. Please do not send subscription problems to me. - Thomas] This is the current set of Frequently Asked Questions (or, perhaps, Frequently Needed Answers) for the Web4Lib mailing list. Questions in this message: How do I unsubscribe from Web4Lib? What help is available if the list software won't do what I want? Where are the list's archives? Where is its Web site? What topics are usually considered on- and off-topic? Is there a list for Internet filtering? HOW DO I UNSUBSCRIBE FROM WEB4LIB? To unsubscribe from Web4Lib, you must e-mail the listproc program that distributes the list. PLEASE NOTE: this is a different address than the list itself. To unsubscribe, send e-mail to listproc@... with this single line in the body of the message: unsubscribe web4lib Shortly after you send this command, you should receive a confirmation message from listproc reading, "You have been removed from list web4lib@... Thanks for being with us." This message usually arrives within a few minutes, but may take a couple of hours if the server is busy; if you do not receive it in a reasonable time, you should contact the list owner, Roy Tennant, at roy.tennant@... The software running Web4Lib is currently ListProc 6.0. This is a powerful and flexible program, and it may offer you options for management and receipt of Web4Lib that you did not know about. For further options, send listproc@... the message "help", or consult the command reference at the Web4Lib Web site <URL:http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/#Commands>. WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE IF THE LISTSERV WON'T DO WHAT I WANT? There are two common reasons why the commands above don't work and give you an error message. One is, ahem, operator error. If you're trying to unsubscribe or issue other listproc commands, make sure that you are spelling both the listproc address and the command correctly. The other common reason why unsubscribe and other commands fail is that your e-mail address has changed since you first subscribed to the list. Sometimes this is because you have chosen to forward mail from your original address to a new one. Sometimes this is due to your organization changing its entire e-mail addressing structure en masse (for example, from addresses like "chris@..." to "chris@..."). For security reasons, listproc will only process commands affecting your subscription if the command is mailed from the same address as the original subscription request. If your address has changed, and you are still able to use the old address to send a message, use the old address to unsubscribe from the list and then subscribe from your new address. If (and only if) you have exhausted all the alternatives available at your end, you will need to send e-mail to the listowner, Roy Tennant, at rtennant@... Please be patient: unlike listproc, Roy is a human and spends several minutes each day doing things other than administering Web4Lib. WHERE ARE THE LIST'S ARCHIVES? WHERE IS ITS WEB SITE? Web4Lib's online home is <URL:http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/>. Much of the information in this message is based on material at that site. The Web4Lib archives, <URL:http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/archive.html>, provide keyword searching of every message posted to the list since the spring of 1995. The archive can also be browsed by date, subject, or author. WHAT TOPICS ARE USUALLY CONSIDERED ON- AND OFF-TOPIC? The offical posting policy is located at <URL:http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/#Policy>. Please read it. Web4Lib is usually an easy-going place, open to posts that may only be tangential to the core subject of the World Wide Web and libraries. There are some helpful guidelines for keeping Web4Lib productive, however: keep your posts concise and substantive; post when you have something to add, and not simply when you want to express agreement (or disagreement) with an earlier post; post when you have something to say to all of the several thousand subscribers, and not when your message is intended only for one or two individuals; and be civil. Those guidelines aside, some types of posting are always out of line. Advertisements are inappropriate, although you may certainly comment on the merits of a product within the context of a list discussion. Vendors may discuss their products in the same context. Personal attacks, insults, and name-calling may not be posted to the list. Material with copyright restrictions that disallow distribution on the list may not be posted; if you have permission to redistribute the material, you should say so in your post. Finally, virus warnings should NOT be posted to the list until and unless they have been confirmed by CERT <URL:http://www.cert.org/> or CIAC <URL:http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/>. Before forwarding a virus warning to anyone, you may wish to acquaint yourself with the history of virus hoaxes at <URL:http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html>. IS THERE A LIST FOR INTERNET FILTERING? The subject of filtering software for Internet access is not off topic for Web4Lib. However, it is a subject which is certainly capable of generating enough traffic for its own list, and that list is block-lib. For information on subscribing, please visit <http://www.onlinepolicy.org/about/network/emaillists.shtml#blocklib>. This list will be distributed to Web4Lib on the 1st and 15th of each month with the subject "Web4Lib Frequently Asked Questions List". If your mail client can filter incoming messages based on their subject lines, and if you would rather not see this message again, simply set it to delete or otherwise refile messages with that subject heading. If you think there are questions which should be addressed on this list (especially if you can provide the answer!) please contact Thomas Dowling, tdowling@...