Notes on the list server

From: Dan Knight <dknight_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 11:59:00 -0500

Assorted comments from Mom about the list server.
  1. Computers are very literal.
  2. It can't change your address.
  3. Computers count well.
  4. Changing subscription mode.
  5. Stupid index mode.
  6. Computers are very literal.

I get these lists on my Iserv account, The list server is very literal -- if I were to try posting from dknight_at_email.domain.hidden, it won't recognize me as a subscriber and will bounce the message.

This answers the "why can't I post" question I get a lot.

2. It can't change your address.

The list server is fast and powerful, but one feature it doesn't have is a way to change your address. If you need to change your subscription address, you'll need to subscribe from the new address and unsubscribe from the old one.

As always, I'm available to help with that if you can't get it to work.

3. Computers count well.

I get emails almost every day asking about messages like this one:

>This is an automated message from the <listname_at_email.domain.hidden>
>list manager.
>List messages sent to your address <you_at_email.domain.hidden> have bounced.

>If you read this message, your mail system has been probably fixed.
>To clear the bounce counter and to prevent automatic cancelation of your
>subscription, use the Reply command in your mailer.
>Check that the Subject of the reply message contains
> the confirmation ID: longnumber,
> and the reply is directed to <listname-subscribe_at_email.domain.hidden>,
> and the 'From' address of your reply is <you_at_email.domain.hidden>.
>All questions about this mailing list should be sent to

This message means one or more list messages have bounced back to the server. Whether this is due to a full mailbox, closed email account, rejection as possible spam, or problems with you ISP's mail server, the Maclaunch list server counts a bounce and sends out this message.

The list server keeps a count. After a certain number of bounces (it varies by list), it gives up and drops you from the list. To prevent this, follow the instructions to zero the bounce counter.

4. Changing subscription mode.

One common request is help changing from feed mode to digest mode. If you're sending from the correct address (see #1), it should happen automatically if you send a message to the address listed in the footer. Should.

5. Stupid index mode.

A few of you have managed to subscribe in index mode, a setting I deliberately avoid mentioning in the list FAQ and in the footers. All "stupid index mode" does is send you a list of the subject lines in the current digest -- no messages to read, just a stupid index.

Dan the listmom

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