Date: Thu, 6 Oct 1994 07:40:09 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: replying to individuals
Replying to my own reply...
So far, I haven't found anybody who could really explain how bandwidth
can be wasted. I've become convinced that the concept of wasted bandwidth
is a cybermyth.
I didn't say that right. What I meant was that there's still plenty of
bandwidth to go around and thus no need to worry about the waste. This
does not, of course, address the question of subscribers' attitudes toward
extra mail. I sometimes forget that, since I have all list mail filtered
into separate files, keeping it from cluttering my regular mail space.
As long as I'm cluttering, I might as well use this opportunity to remind
y'all of a few LISTSERV basics. The 'reply-to' line is included in your
headers, unless your particular system cuts off some of the headers. Lists
can be set up to reply to either the whole list or the individual. I find
that the latter arrangement tends to discourage list discussion (which is
probably why not very many lists are set up that way). On ADS-L an ordinary
reply command sends to the whole list in most cases. (I won't bore you
with the details of the exceptions. You can tell if somebody is an exception
by looking at the 'reply-to' command in the headers.) How to change your
'to' line in a reply depends upon your system. If you're using Unix, you
enter the 'r' to reply and then enter '~h' to edit the 'to' line.
Other odds'n'ends: To stop mail for a while (e.g., if you're going out
of town), send this command to listserv[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga.cc.uga.edu:
set ads-l nomail
When you want to start mail again, send this:
set ads-l mail
To unsubscribe, send this:
To receive a list of subscribers, send this:
To check your list settings, send this:
For more listserv commands, send this:
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)