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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
> VTBIRD:
>
> 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
>       message
>     * 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
>     birds).
>
> 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
> commands:
>
> 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
> http://www.uvm.edu/~ebuford/vtbird.html
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>