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Email List Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I subscribe to the Rocky Mountain Wing CAF Email List?
Sending the message "subscribe communications"
to firstname.lastname@example.org (without the quotes)
and you should receive an automated acknowledgement. You can only
have one subscription. If you get an "is already a member"
error message, check the other FAQ's below for further details.
- How do I unsubscribe from the Rocky Mountain Wing CAF Email
List? Sending the word "unsubscribe communications"
the quotes) and you should receive an automated acknowledgement.
If you get an error message, check the other FAQ's below. You
can not simply "change" e-mail address used. First,
UNSUBCRIBE the old one and then SUBSCRIBE the new one!
- Why can I receive, but not post messages or reply to the
Rocky Mountain Wing CAF Email List? Some subscribers
of our rapidly growing list have indicated problems relating to
being able to subscribe and receive posting from the list, but
unable to send or reply to anything to the subscribers. I know
this e-mail stuff is new to many of you, and hope this will explain
the phenomena and solve your problem.
A "Robot" (program) handles all subscriptions and submissions.
Its e-mail (not web) address is: email@example.com
and it is very single-minded. Note that, like Morse code, every
dot and dash is significant in an e-mail address, so be sure you
enter them EXACTLY as given and NO SPACES. (TIP: use "cut
and paste" to put them in your computers e-mail address
book so that once you get it right, you never have to look it
up again!) To keep unwanted mail, like spam, from appearing to
our subscribers, the Robot only allows existing subscribers to
post messages. When you subscribe to our list, usually by sending
the word "subscribe pireps" to the Robot address at
firstname.lastname@example.org, it looks at the potential
subscribers "Internet Headers" to determine their
e-mail address. The Robot will use either the the "Reply
To:" address (if given) or the "Return Address".
The "Reply To:" address is a more recent e-mail development
always optional in any e-mail. In most cases, these addresses
However, most e-mail programs, including Outlook, Eudora and Netscape,
provide the ability for you to set these addresses to be different.
If they are different, you would not notice any changes as you
always get your e-mail from the same "mailbox" in most
When checking regular submissions to the list at email@example.com,
our picky Robot it only uses the "Return" address to
check to see if you are an existing subscriber. This is mostly
because "Reply To:" addresses are optional but "Return"
is not! Another reason is to allow users to unsubscribe old e-mail
accounts (see below). Thus if you subscribed to the list with
"firstname.lastname@example.org" as your "Reply To"
address and with "email@example.com"
as your "Return:" address, you will be subscribed as
"firstname.lastname@example.org" and receive mail, but
be unable to post because "email@example.com"
is not a member!
HOW TO SOLVE THIS
For most users, you can easily configure your e-mail program
a) use the same address
b) not use any "Reply To:" address
Both have the same result. Anything that you send will be Replied
back to the Return Address which is rarely a problem.
If you use Netscape, click "Window" -> "Netscape
Mail" -> "Options" -> "Mail and News
Preferences" -> "Identity Tab" and either
change your "Reply To" address to be the same as your
regular address, or remove the "Reply To" address
completely. If you use another e-mail program, look for similar
items under Preferences, Options, Configuration, etc. Of course
at last resort, RYFM (Read Your "Fine" Manual) or
drop me a note and I will try to help.
If you are an advanced user and feel you need to have a separate
"Reply To:" address, then the only recourse is to
subscribe again using your second e-mail address. The problem
with this is that every message posted to the list will be sent
to you in duplicate. Since the "Delete" click or key
is by far the most useful thing about e-mail, this should be
a minor inconvenience. If you have a real problem with this,
you should consult your e-mail service provider. Any state-of-art
service provider (like us) should allow you to change configurations
to eliminate the secondary address.
- How do I know if my addresses are different? Check
your Internet Headers. For Netscape click the "View"
-> "Headers" -> "All". For Microsoft
Outlook users, click "File" -> "Properties"
-> "Internet". (TIP: You can also use these methods
to view the instructions on how to unsubscribe from the list).
- How do I unsubscribe an old e-mail account if I can not
use it? Send "unsubcribe communications oldaddress"
to firstname.lastname@example.org - substituting your
old address. Note that the Robot will attempt to send the confirmation
message back to that old address.
- What other commands does the Robot understand? Ask
the Robot for help! Send the message "help" to the Robot
and you will receive the short list of understood commands.
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