WELCOME MESSAGE FOR MHLS_LIBLIST

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.