How to Unsubscribe and Other Useful Information

Subject: How to Unsubscribe and Other Useful Information
From: Liz Bohn <Lbohn -at- UCSD -dot- EDU>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 17:22:01 -0700

Hi all -

It looks like it's time to re-post this message on how to subscribe,
unsubscribe, access archived information, and other useful tidbits on using
LISTSERV. (There have been multiple requests to "unsubscribe" posted to
the list.) If you have this already, sorry about the re-posting; if you
don't have it, please make a copy and save it. Here goes:

Your subscription to the TECHWR-L list (Technical Writers List; for all
Technical Communication issues) has been accepted.

Please save this message for future reference, especially if you are not
familiar with LISTSERV. This might look like a waste of disk space now, but in
6 months you will be glad you saved this information when you realize that you
cannot remember what are the lists you are subscribed to, or what is the
command to leave the list to avoid filling up your mailbox while you are on
vacations. In fact, you should create a new mail folder for subscription
confirmation messages like this one, and for the "welcome messages" from the
list owners that you are will occasionally receive after subscribing to a new

To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send
mail to TECHWR-L -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- 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 (TECHWR-L -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU)
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 -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or
LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU). 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, and the list address is like a normal phone line.
If you make your FAX call someone's regular phone number by mistake, it will be
an unpleasant experience for him but you will probably be excused the first
time. If you do it regularly, however, he will probably get upset and send you
a nasty complaint. It is the same with mailing lists, with the difference that
you are calling hundreds or thousands of people at the same time, so a lot more
people get annoyed if you use the wrong number.

You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF TECHWR-L" command to
LISTSERV -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU). You can also tell
LISTSERV how you want it to confirm the receipt of messages you send to the
list. If you do not trust the system, send a "SET TECHWR-L REPRO" command and
LISTSERV will send you a copy of your own messages, so that you can see that
the message was distributed and did not get damaged on the way. After a while
you may find that this is getting annoying, especially if your mail program
does not tell you that the message is from you when it informs you that new
mail has arrived from TECHWR-L. If you send a "SET TECHWR-L ACK NOREPRO"
command, LISTSERV will mail you a short acknowledgement instead, which will
look different in your mailbox directory. With most mail programs you will know
immediately that this is an acknowledgement you can read later. Finally, you
can turn off acknowledgements completely with "SET TECHWR-L NOACK NOREPRO".

Following instructions from the list owner, your subscription options have been
set to "REPRO" rather than the usual LISTSERV defaults. For more information
about subscription options, send a "QUERY TECHWR-L" command to
LISTSERV -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU).

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a list
of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX TECHWR-L" command to
LISTSERV -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU). You can then order
these files with a "GET TECHWR-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database
search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the

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 TECHWR-L 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 -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET (or LISTSERV -at- VM1 -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU).

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