FAQ for the Calontir Discussion Listserv

Written by Harald Isenross & Tatiana Dieugarde

Hal: "The following are a collection of questions I've seen asked repeatedly on the Calontir Discussion Listserv. No, I'm not the list administrator. I'm just trying to help."


Listserv Archive
http://listserv.unl.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=CALONTIR


  1. How do I subscribe to the Calontir discussion list?
  2. How do I post?
  3. How do I get off of the list (unsubscribe)?
  4. How do I get help? (or words to that effect)
  5. I'm not a university goob. How do I deal with paying for the downloading of all of this chummy, folksy posts? OR My mailer just can't keep up, what do I do?
  6. How do I stop my Calontir mail so my mailbox doesn't explode while I'm off on vacation or something?
  7. Why did everyone see a reply that I intended to be personal?
  8. How do I get a subscriber's address?
  9. I don't see my posts after I send them. How do I know my posts are getting out?
  10. It's quiet out there, I wonder if the list is broken. How can I tell?
  11. Why are my posts getting all broken up? Where are these strange characters coming from?
1. How do I subscribe to the Calontir discussion list?

E-mail the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu (in the body of the e-mail with no subject required):

subscribe calontir <your_name>

<your_name> being the name you want to appear with your post to the list.

Tatiana: "It would be nice if this was your SCA name. Hint, hint."

2. How do I post?

E-mail your posts to CALONTIR@listserv.unl.edu

3. How do I get off of the list (unsubscribe)?

E-mail the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu:

signoff calontir

4. How do I get help? (or words to that effect)

E-mail the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu:

help

You will receive a message HELP which lists commands and settings (requests for information and action) for various features of Calontir's list server.

5. I'm not a university goob. How do I deal with paying for the downloading of all of this chummy, folksy posts? OR My mailer just can't keep up, what do I do?

If you are charged a fee per downloaded letter or have any other reason to want to reduce the number of separate posts your mailer has to handle, mail the the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu:

set calontir digests

The listserver will collect all of the mail it receives over an unspecified period of time and send the clump to you as a single letter.

6. How do I stop my Calontir mail so my mailbox doesn't explode while I'm off on vacation or something?

E-mail the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu:

set calontir nomail

The following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu will restart your Calontir mail feed:

set calontir mail

7. Why did everyone see a reply that I intended to be personal?

The list server at UNL sets CALONTIR@listserv.unl.edu as the reply address for all posts to the list. So, if you use the reply feature of your mail reader, your reply will be sent to the Calontir list instead of just to the original poster. If you want to reply only to the original poster, you will need to command you mailer to send your reply to the originator's address assuming, of course, you know the originator's address. Before replying to a message, it is important to check the headers to see from where the message was sent and where reply's will be returned.

8. How do I get a subscriber's address?

Assuming on the off chance that the subscriber in question does not include an address in his or her posts, you can possibly learn the address by mailing the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu:

review calontir

You will receive a message REVIEW CALONTIR that is a list of the "names" and addresses of subscribers to the Calontir list. Given that this is an e-mail environment _and_ an SCA interest group, it is quite likely that the "name" given in REVIEW CALONTIR will have little or no bearing on the name that you know for the individual in question.

9. I don't see my posts after I send them. How do I know my posts are getting out?

The listserver doesn't automatically mail your own posts back to you. If you want to see your posts just as the rest of the list does, say, to verify the transmission, then mail the following message to listserv@listserv.unl.edu:

set calontir ack

Now, everything you send to CALONTIR@listserv.unl.edu will also be sent back to you.

10. It's quiet out there, I wonder if the list is broken. How can I tell?

If you feel that something is wrong with mailing list, ***don't mail something to the list asking folks if it's working***, because (a) if it is not working, then they won't see it; (b) if it is working, then they may not have your address to reply to. Sometimes the listserver or some other part of the system pauses for a while, but it always seems to catch up. If things seem to have stalled, just wait for 24 hours, go to a movie, attend local SCA activities, call your parents (generally _get_a_life_), then check if your getting Calonet mail again. The best action to take if you really want to find out if the list is working is to ask a net.friend (someone besides Hal ;) directly by email, phone, or in (gasp {Look! Mother! Blood!}) person.

11. Why are my posts getting all broken up? Where are these strange characters coming from?

Certain word processors insert non-text codes into text. First of all, the word processor used to write posts for the Calontir list must be set to output ASCII text only. But even then, many word processors may still insert bad codes. Choose a word processing system that works best for you, yet produces clean ASCII. Word Processors are available that are oriented to the e-mail environment.