===================== ACCMAIL Monthly Reminder =======================

Posted 01 May 2007
This message tells you how to use accmail`AT`listserv.aol.com
the mailing list discussing 'Accessing the Internet via Email'.

 1. Purpose
 2. Conventions
 3. The ACCMAIL FAQ: a guide to offline internet access
 4. Usenet
 5. Posting to ACCMAIL: language
 6. Posting to ACCMAIL: subject lines
 7. Posting to ACCMAIL: off-topic
 8. Posting to ACCMAIL: netiquette
 9. Receiving ACCMAIL: digest and single postings
10. ACCMAIL topics
11. ACCMAIL archives and search
12. Other mailing lists
13. www4mail at szs.net

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1. PURPOSE

This list exists as a forum for communicating news, comments and
questions about email-only methods of accessing the Internet.

This is the place to find out about new versions, ask questions
about the current version, make suggestions for additions/deletions,
etc.

ACCMAIL is a moderated list, which means that all postings will be
sent to a human for review before being posted to the list.

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2. CONVENTIONS

In this file, we have replaced the normal email @ character with the
string `AT`. To use any email address, simply replace `AT` with @ to
form a proper email address.

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3. THE ACCMAIL FAQ: A GUIDE TO OFFLINE INTERNET ACCESS

In August 2003, after many years dedicated service to the ACCMAIL
community, Mr Gerald Boyd retired as maintainer of the ACCMAIL FAQ,
and unfortunately died in May the following year.

The most recent version (10.2) of the FAQ was published in April 2002,
and is now *very* out of date. A new version is being prepared.

How to get the latest (out of date) published versions of the
ACCMAIL FAQ

a) Autoresponder (English version only):
   Send an email to mail-server`AT`rtfm.mit.edu with
   send usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email
   as the message body

b) Anonymous FTP (English version only):
   Host: rtfm.mit.edu
   get pub/usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email

c) WWW (English version only):
   http://www.faqs.org/faqs/internet-services/access-via-email/

d) Autoresponder (Russian translation only):
   Send an email to accmailfaqrus`AT`tg.org.ua

e) Autoresponder (original English and translations):
   Send a blank email to accmail.faq`AT`szs.net with the
   two-character code of the desired language as the subject.
   Example for the Spanish version ...
      Subject: es
   Translations currently available are
      German: de
      English: en
      Esperanto: eo
      Spanish: es
      Hungarian: hu
      Indonesian: id
      Russian: ru
   For this autoresponder
   * The 'subject' header must contain ONLY the two-character code.
   * The 'cc' header must not be used.
   * The email body should preferably be empty, but for those who
     cannot avoid extra lines added by their email hosts, a very
     short text message will be accepted. Please use plain text with
     no signature or other characters added by yourself.

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4. USENET

To learn about Usenet, Usenet access and newsgroups, Uzi Paz
provides a valuable file.
Send a message to: agora`AT`dna.affrc.go.jp and in the body of the
message enter ONE of the following:
  send http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/1131/ua.txt
  send http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/1131/ua.zip

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5. POSTING TO ACCMAIL: LANGUAGE

The language of the list is international English. Don't worry if
you think your English is not very good -- and don't apologise --
MOST subscribers use English as a foreign or second language.

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6. POSTING TO ACCMAIL: SUBJECT LINES

Mail should have a meaningful subject heading which reflects the
content of the message -- it helps others to find messages of
interest (and is necessary if you receive a lot of messages per
day), and it helps to follow a thread on a particular topic.

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7. POSTING TO ACCMAIL: OFF-TOPIC

Make sure your post isn't off-topic. In particular, this mailing
list does NOT deal with topics like:
 - General use of your computer.
 - Where do I get this or that software -- instead ask how to
   retrieve it via email.
 - Where do I find information on ??? -- instead ask how do I find
   information concerning ??? via email.
 - Windows 95/98/NT/XP problems -- instead ask where do I find
   information regarding a problem (email address, mailing list, web
   page, etc.)

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8. POSTING TO ACCMAIL: NETIQUETTE

* DON'T include the entire contents of a previous posting in your
  reply.

* DO cut mercilessly. Leave just enough to indicate what you're
  responding to. NEVER include mail headers except maybe the 'From:'
  line. If you can't figure out how to delete lines in your mailer
  software, paraphrase or type the quoted text.

* DON'T SEND A MESSAGE IN ALL CAPS. CAPITALIZED MESSAGES ARE HARDER
  TO READ THAN LOWER CASE OR MIXED CASE.

* DO use normal capitalization. Separate your paragraphs with blank
  lines. Make your message inviting to your potential readers.

* DON'T send messages with HTML coding or MIME extensions.

* DO learn how to change your email program so that it sends only
  plain text to the list.

* Remember that people with whom you communicate are located across
  the world. If you send a message to which you want an immediate
  response, the person receiving it might be at home asleep when it
  arrives. Give them a chance to wake up, come to work, and login
  before assuming the mail didn't arrive or that they don't care.

* In general, most people who use the Internet don't have time to
  answer general questions about the Internet and its workings.
  Don't send unsolicited mail asking for information to people whose
  names you might have seen on mailing lists.

* ACCMail messages may be archived on websites that are vulnerable
  to spambots and other email harvesters. The AOL listserv archive
  is protected, but we do not know where else the messages might
  appear. When posting or replying to the list, we strongly advise
  you to munge all email addresses you mention in the text of your
  message, especially if they are not yours. For example, instead of
  typing an email address as '[EMAIL PROTECTED]', type it like one of
  the following:
    user#domain.com
    user()domain.com
    user AT domain DOT com
  Spambots will not see an email address, but human readers will
  know what you mean. Don't munge email addresses in the FROM, TO,
  CC, BCC email headers - your message will fail if you do!

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9. RECEIVING ACCMAIL: DIGEST AND SINGLE POSTINGS

If you wish to receive the digest version of ACCMAIL (ie: all
postings combined together and sent out at the end of each day),
send an email to listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com with
    SET ACCMAIL DIGEST
as the body of the message

If you wish to receive the individual postings to ACCMAIL (ie, each
posting as it is approved in a separate message), send an email to
listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com with
    SET ACCMAIL NODIGESTS
or
    SET ACCMAIL MAIL
as the body of the message

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10. ACCMAIL TOPICS

ACCMAIL uses LISTSERV 'topics', which allows people to subscribe to
a subset of postings. We have three topics:
* NEWS: announcements about new servers, new techniques, new FAQs.
* UPDATES: formatted updates of the main FAQ -- authoritative
  information that is more-or-less ready for publication.
* PBE: posts about Publishing By Email.

To change your subscription options to receive only NEWS and
UPDATES, send an email to listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com with
    SET ACCMAIL NODIGESTS
    SET ACCMAIL TOPICS: UPDATES,NEWS
as the message body.

To change your subscription options to receive only NEWS and PBE,
send an email to listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com with
    SET ACCMAIL NODIGESTS
    SET ACCMAIL TOPICS: PBE,NEWS
as the message body.

To change your subscription options to receive all posts, send an
email to listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com with
    SET ACCMAIL TOPICS: ALL
as the message body.

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11. ACCMAIL ARCHIVES AND SEARCH

To access the ACCMAIL archives (stored on a weekly basis), email to
listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com with
    INDEX ACCMAIL
as the body of the message

This will return a list of the available files which can be
retrieved by sending a command like this in the BODY of your next
email to listserv`AT`listserv.aol.com
    GET ACCMAIL LOGyymmn
where 'yy' is the year, 'mm' is the month, and 'n' is an alpha
character representing the week number (a for 1, b for 2, etc)

Example: to get the archives for week 5 of August 2004, request
    GET ACCMAIL LOG0408E
(year = 04, month = 08, week = E)

To search the archives, use the SEARCH command, eg:
* To search the archives for 'www4mail' and 'cookies', request
    SEARCH www4mail cookies in ACCMAIL

* To search the archives for UPDATE topic posts, request
    SEARCH 'UPDATES:' in ACCMAIL

The response is a list of numbered messages, followed by one-line
extracts containing the search words. You can get these messages by
requesting the post by number, eg:
    GETPOST ACCMAIL 1021

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12. OTHER MAILING LISTS

SOLOCORREO
  If your first language is Spanish, then also subscribe to the
  Solocorreo mailing list: "... es destinada a discutir, debatir,
  etc, los métodos de acceso a Internet utilizando solamente el
  e-mail". Para suscribirse, envíeun mensaje en blanco a:
    solocorreo-alta`AT`eListas.net
  Recibirá un mensaje de confirmación y debe seguir las
  instrucciones para confirmar la suscripcion de la lista.
  Página principal: http://www.eListas.net/lista/solocorreo/

ACCMAILRUS
  If your first language is Russian, then also subscribe to the
  ACCMAILRUS mailing list.
  Home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/accmailrus/
  Subscribe: accmailrus-subscribe`AT`yahoogroups.com

WEB_EMIL
  If your first language is Hungarian, then also subscribe to the
  WEB_EMIL mailing list.
  Home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/web_emil/
  Subscribe: web_emil-subscribe`AT`yahoogroups.com

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13. WWW4MAIL AT SZS.NET

www4mail at szs.net is a web-to-email gateway service for members of
this list -- which, of course, is open to everybody.

The access control list gets updated from the ACCMAIL membership
list every Saturday, so you may begin using the service from the
Sunday after you join.

To get the main help files, send an email
  To: www4mail`AT`szs.net
and in the body of the email, enter
  help
  help access
  help disclaimer
  help faq

On the web:
  http://emailonly.szs.net/www4mail/
  http://emailonly.szs.net/www4mail/faq.html


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File last updated 31 March 2007

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