December 2008


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Michelle Mullarkey <[log in to unmask]>
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VGBN Discussion <[log in to unmask]>, Michelle Mullarkey <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 30 Dec 2008 08:48:23 -0500
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Sorry about the profanities everyone; one bad apple...

Given the frequent recent use of this listserve, I wanted to take this  
opportunity to remind everyone that there are several ways that you  
can receive messages from this list.

You can receive them as individual emails, once per day as a "digest",  
meaning all the emails from that day are included in *1* email, listed  
chronically, or the same for the week.  You can also receive them as  
an "index".

Obviously to have a continuous discussion, some may feel they need to  
continue to receive individual emails, but if the frequency is just  
too much for some members, there ARE options to control the amount of  
messages you receive.

You can view your options here:

You will need to log in to change your settings.  Once logged in, the  
VGBNTALK listserve should show as one of your lists.  Click on  
"Settings", and the options should appear.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.



Detailed explanation of message delivery options: (This is from the  
"help" tab for Settings).

Help for Subscription Type
With a "regular" subscription, you receive individual postings  
immediately as they are processed by LISTSERV.

Digest (Traditional), Digest (MIME format), Digest (HTML format)
With a "digest" subscription, you receive larger messages (called  
"digests") at regular intervals, usually once per day or once per  
week. These "digests" are collections of individual list postings.  
Some lists are so active that they produce several digests per day.

Digests are a good compromise between reading everything as it is  
posted and feeling like the list is clogging your mailbox with a  
multitude of individual postings.

There are three digest formats: a "traditional", text-only format; a  
MIME format, which (with mail clients that understand MIME digests)  
"bursts" the individual messages out of the digest so that you can  
read them separately; and an HTML format, which requires an HTML mail  

Index (Traditional), Index (HTML format)
With an "index" subscription, you receive short "index" messages at  
regular intervals, usually once per day or once per week. These  
"indexes" show you what is being discussed on the list, without  
including the text of the individual postings. For each posting, the  
date, the author's name and address, the subject of the message, and  
the number of lines is listed. You can then download messages of  
interest from the server (the index contains instructions on how to do  

An index subscription is ideal if you have a slow connection and only  
read a few hand-picked messages. The indexes are very short and you do  
not have to worry about long download times. The drawback of course is  
that you need to reconnect to retrieve messages of interest from the  

You can choose to have the index sent to you in either a traditional  
format (plain text) or in HTML format with hyperlinks.

Michelle Smith Mullarkey
Green Building Coordinator
Capital Planning and Management
The University of Vermont
109 So. Prospect Street
Burlington, VT  05405

(802) 656-2219 Ph
(802) 656-8237 Fx
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