Please save this message for future reference, especially if this is the first time you are subscribing to an electronic mailing list. If you ever need to leave the list, you will find the necessary instructions below. Perhaps more importantly, saving a copy of this message (and of all future subscription notices from other mailing lists) in a special mail folder will give you instant access to the list of mailing lists that you are subscribed to. This may prove very useful the next time you go on vacation and need to leave the lists temporarily so as not to fill up your mailbox while you are away! You should also save the "welcome messages" from the list owners that you will occasionally receive after subscribing to a new list.
To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send mail to MHLS_LIBLIST@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM. This is called "sending mail to the list," because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV makes copies for all the people who have subscribed. This address (MHLS_LIBLIST@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM) is also called the "list address." You must never try to send any command to that address, as it would be distributed to all the people who have subscribed. All commands must be sent to the "LISTSERV address," LISTSERV@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM.
It is very important to understand the difference between the two, but fortunately it is not complicated. The LISTSERV address is like a FAX number that connects you to a machine, whereas the list address is like a normal voice line connecting you to a person. If you make a mistake and dial the FAX number when you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you will quickly realize that you used the wrong number and call again. No harm will have been done. If on the other hand you accidentally make your FAX call someone's voice line, the person receiving the call will be inconvenienced, especially if your FAX then re-dials every 5 minutes. The fact that most people will eventually connect the FAX machine to the voice line to allow the FAX to go through and make the calls stop does not mean that you should continue to send Faxes to the voice number. People would just get mad at you. It works pretty much the same way with mailing lists, with the difference that you are calling hundreds or thousands of people at the same time, and consequently you can expect a lot of people to get upset if you consistently send commands to the list address.You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF MHLS_LIBLIST" command to LISTSERV@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM.
Following instructions from the list owner, your subscription options have been set to "REPRO NOACK" rather than the usual LISTSERV defaults. For more information about subscription options, send a "QUERY MHLS_LIBLIST" command to LISTSERV@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM.
Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX MHLS_LIBLIST" command to LISTSERV@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM. You can then order these files with a "GET MHLS_LIBLIST LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the latter.
This list is available in digest form. If you wish to receive the digested version of the postings, just issue a SET MHLS_LIBLIST DIGEST command.
Please note that it is presently possible for other people to determine that you are signed up to the list through the use of the "REVIEW" command, which returns the e-mail address and name of all the subscribers. If you do not want your name to be visible, just issue a "SET MHLS_LIBLIST CONCEAL" command.
More information on LISTSERV commands can be found in the LISTSERV reference card, which you can retrieve by sending an "INFO REFCARD" command to LISTSERV@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM.