===================== ACCMAIL Monthly Reminder ======================= Posted 01 Nov 2009 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. www4mail at szs.net ====================================================================== 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. ====================================================================== 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. ====================================================================== 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 The most recent version (10.2) of the FAQ was published in April 2002, and is now *very* out of date.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. ====================================================================== 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 ====================================================================== 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. ====================================================================== 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. ====================================================================== 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.) ====================================================================== 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 'u...@domain.com', 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! ====================================================================== 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 ====================================================================== 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. ====================================================================== 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 ====================================================================== 12. 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 is updated from the ACCMAIL membership list every day, so you may begin using the service 24 hours after joining. 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 Please note that a) www4mail at szs.net does not respond to servers that persistently refuse mail to valid addresses - here is the current list - * all Yahoo servers * com.sa * maul.ru * post.su * surnet.ru b) www4mail at szs.net has a zero tolerance attitude towards pornography and illegal activities -- please read the help files before using this service. ============================= END ==================================== File last updated 3 July 2008 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- To contribute to the discussion, email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe, email to the *admin* address lists...@listserv.aol.com with UNSUBSCRIBE ACCMAIL as the message body. 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