On 12/14/11, Ernie Buford <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Greetings VTBIRDers! 12/14/2011
> This administrative message will be posted periodically to assist
> VTBIRD subscribers.
> CONTENTS: VTBIRD Guidelines
> Listserv instructions (in part)
> A few points regarding list etiquette
> VTBIRD GUIDELINES
> Please read and observe the following guidelines when posting to
> 1. All messages to VTBIRD should include the following:
> * Your name and location (most email programs can be set to
> automatically append a signature block to outgoing messages)
> * An informative SUBJECT line that reflects the content of your
> * Date and location of any sightings you are reporting
> 2. Please share reports of bird sightings in Vermont. For other locales
> use common sense. New Hampshire and other adjacent states have their
> own lists. Nevertheless, many VTBIRD subscribers will be interested
> in reports from areas close to Vermont (especially reports of rare
> 3. Other topics about bird identification, optics, field guides, or
> general nature observations are welcome and encouraged. Please ask
> for a private response if you are requesting information for trips
> outside of our area.
> 4. Please do NOT post messages about viruses. All who use the Internet
> are responsible for staying informed and prepared to deal with
> viruses and virus hoaxes. Computer viruses have nothing to do with
> birds or birding in Vermont.
> 5. Attachments are not allowed. The preferred method for sharing photos
> or binary files is to post them on a web page. One can then include
> a URL (web address) in a message directing readers to the web page.
> 6. When replying to a message please make certain that your reply is
> addressed to the intended recipient(s). A quick look at the "To:"
> field should indicate if you are replying to the entire list or to
> the sender only.
> 7. Please be thoughtful and courteous when posting messages to the list.
> If you are offended by someone's contribution please take it up
> privately with the sender and/or the list owner.
> LISTSERV INSTRUCTIONS
> LISTSERV commands are all sent in the BODY (not the subject) of email
> messages to [log in to unmask] . Note that you must be subscribed to
> the list (and sending from your subscribed address) for the commands
> below to have any useful effect. Here are some of the commonly used
> To subscribe to the list: SUBSCRIBE VTBIRD firstname lastname
> To leave the list: SIGNOFF VTBIRD
> (or UNSUB VTBIRD)
> To turn mail off temporarily: SET VTBIRD NOMAIL
> (e.g., for vacation)
> To turn mail back on: SET VTBIRD MAIL
> To set the list to digest mode: SET VTBIRD DIGEST
> To set the list to index mode: SET VTBIRD INDEX
> To set the list to individual
> postings mode: SET VTBIRD NODIGEST
> or SET VTBIRD NOINDEX
> To get a reference card of
> LISTSERV commands: INFO REFCARD
> To get an index of available
> list archive files: INDEX VTBIRD
> To order archive files:
> For monthly archives: GET VTBIRD LOGyymm
> For weekly archives: GET VTBIRD LOGyymmw
> (where yy=year; mm=month;
> and w=week [A-E])
> Much of what can be accomplished with Listserv commands can also be
> done via the web (at http://list.uvm.edu/archives/vtbird.html). You
> may find the web interface to be more user-friendly than email commands.
> A FEW POINTS REGARDING LIST ETIQUETTE
> * Please use the subject line! (and don't just write "birds" or
> "Burlington"). If you do not appreciate the need for informative
> subject headings, please visit (or better yet, search) the archives
> as one example of why a good subject line is important.
> * Please pay attention to the "To:" field when replying. If all you
> are saying is "count me in", "I agree", or "great photos!" you
> probably want your message to go to the sender only (and not to
> everyone on the list).
> * Writers may not be aware that their email program is sending
> extra garbage with the message. It is appropriate to assume this
> is the case and correspond privately with the list owner or the
> sender if you object to junk included in messages. There's no need
> to bother everyone on the list with such objections.
> * If your message is more than a brief paragraph, please do us the
> service of CAPITALIZING bird names so that your message can be
> quickly scanned by readers lacking the time or patience to wade
> through a long narrative looking for the bird sightings.
> Comments and suggestions are welcome.
> May your excursions on VTBIRD and in the field be filled with delight.
> Ernie Buford
> VTBIRD List Owner