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This FAQ (frequently-asked questions) document contains the answers to the most commonly-asked questions regarding internet mailing lists maintained by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).
For itemization of specific lists maintained by HEAR, or for additional information about these lists and how to use them (as well as information about other related lists), please refer to the HEAR-maintained internet mailing lists homepage.
Questions addressed include:
What exactly is an internet mailing list, anyway?
"Internet lists" (sometimes known as "listservs" or "list servers") are handy for sharing information/interacting with others regarding a specific topic of common interest. When you "subscribe" to an internet list on a particular topic, your email address is added to the list of addresses of all other subscribers to that list. When any member of the list sends a message to the list, everyone on the list receives the message. You may then reply to the message to the list, or to the individual who sent the message, as appropriate.
There are different types of lists. Without getting into to much detail, I'll point out a few of the variations.
How do I (un)subscribe (from/)to HEAR internet lists?
For example, for Lloyd Loope to subscribe to the ALLISCS-DISCUSS-L list, he would send (as the TEXT, not the SUBJECT) a message to LISTSERV@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU from his e-mail account as follows:
Note: The body of your e-mail must be in PLAIN TEXT FORMAT with a BLANK SUBJECT LINE and BLANK E-MAIL BODY other than the LISTSERV command.
It is customary to send a message of introduction to the list immediately after you received acknowledgement from the list server that your subscription has been approved; that way, the other members of the list know that you've joined them, and to let others know who you are, your interests, etc. (Hint: You'll send this message to <listname>@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU, not to LISTSERV@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU. See "How do I send messages to HEAR-maintained lists?" for more information about this.)
UNSUBSCRIBING: Please UNSUBSCRIBE your account before closing or changing your internet account (to avoid unnecessary hassle to the list administrator). To unsubscribe, simply follow the "(un)subscribe" link on the individual HEAR list's web page, or send a message (as above) from the subscribed account as follows:
How do I send messages to HEAR-maintained lists?
Sending mail to subscribers of HEAR internet lists is easy. Simply address your e-mail to <listname>@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU just like you would address e-mail to any other person. In this case, however, instead of your message being sent to just an individual recipient, it will be sent to ALL the current subscribers to that list. So, a typical address would be something like MISC-L@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU.) You can add the list address (<listname>@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU) to your e-mail address book just as you can any other address, and treat it just as all other addresses in every other respect. (Since everyone's e-mail software is different, please check your software documentation or consult your system administrator for general questions about how to use e-mail, and if you have questions regarding how to operate your specific e-mail software.)
It is customary to send a message of introduction to the list immediately after you received acknowledgement from the list server that your subscription has been approved; that way, the other members of the list know that you've joined them, and to let others know who you are, your interests, etc.
To unsubscribe to a list, get a list of current subscribers, access list archives, or to perform other maintenance functions regarding your subscription, you'll send e-mail not to the list members, but to LISTSERV@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU instead (remember, you sent your subscription request to this address?). In order to find out how to perform these functions, send from your e-mail account to LISTSERV@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU an e-mail message with a BLANK subject and the following text:
...and/or refer to the UH Listserv subscriber's help document .
(If all of this still doesn't make sense, or you're stuck on a particular issue, e-mail the HEAR list administrator.)
NOTE: LISTSERV "knows" what e-mail account you're subscribed to when you're sending messages to the lists, and the HEAR lists are set up so that only subscribers to a particular list are allowed to submit messages to that list. (This is so our lists don't get inundated with "SPAM" [unsolicited commercial e-mails].) Therefore, generally you cannot send messages to a HEAR list from any account except the one you used to originally subscribe to the list.
(If any of this doesn't make sense, or you're stuck on a particular issue, e-mail the HEAR list administrator.)
Who's subscribed to various HEAR-maintained lists?
If you want to find out who is subscribed to a particular HEAR mailing list, email the HEAR list administrator & explain your need. The list administrator can obtain the subscriber list and send appropriate information to you.
How do I change my listserv email address?
Only the hearlist administrators can update email addresses in the UH listserv system. Users must unsubscribe and resubscribe with an updated address. As a service to our subscribers, we are more than happy to update email addresses for you. Just email the HEAR list administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Please Note: Outdated email addresses that remain subscribed to the listserv generate error messages for every message sent to that listserv. These addresses/subscribers are deleted from the listserv if we do not recieve and updated email address. If you know that your email address will be changing, or has changed, please let us know and we will update it. We appreciate the kokua.
Where do I get more information about more advanced features of HEAR internet lists?
For more information about advanced features of HEAR internet lists, including how to access archives/etc., see the following online documentation (some from the University of Hawaii, where our lists are hosted; and some from CREN, the listserver software creator):
If you're really stuck and the above documents don't help you solve your problem, feel free to e-mail the HEAR list administrator (email@example.com).
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This document was adapted from the previously-existing document http://www.hear.org/hear/hearlists.htm on 20 June 2002 by PT, and was last updated on 16 October 2011 by PN.