How to Use the List Processor
Note: Messages to the list asking "Am I unsubbed?" or messages appearing on the list that really should have gone to the list processor () are VERY ANNOYING, so it's important that list members know how to use the list processor.
There are three sections to this page:
Here is a periodical reminder about list commands, posting etiquette, etc. I will be posting a similar message periodically to help cut down on the errant posts sent to the list. If you have anything to add, please e-mail me privately:
PLEASE read your welcome message periodically!!!
If you have a question about a list command, a problem, a need, etc., please e-mail Felina Silvermoon (), Emy (), Karen ()or LadyLayne ()!!!! When e-mailing one of the owners, please place something in the subject line like: HELP so that we know to read and respond to that message ASAP.
List commands should NOT be sent to Solo! Send all list commands to:
For help on list commands, e-mail one of the owners or send a message to: and in the body of the message, type: help. This will give you a help file which outlines some list commands, etc.
Please proofread/spell-check all your posts; it is much easier for us to understand you if there are a minimum of spelling errors. (Many email programs have a spell check option.)
Please make your .sig file that you use daily less than ten lines. (Preferably five lines or less.) If you choose to have a longer .sig file, please post it only periodically (i.e., once a month). Remember, you can rotate and post a different piece of a longer .sig file every day as your daily .sig file.
If you are responding to a post, cut all but the pertinent quote(s) from the post. The original post was sent to the list, so there's no need to waste space in people's mailboxes by posting it again.
If you change the topic of a thread, change the subject header as well. (This is most annoying and the least heeded request.)
Please do not send attached files/petitions/long crossposts.article reprints, etc. to the list unless you have previously asked list members if they are interested in such a file or gotten prior approval from one of the owners. And DO NOT post chain letters! It's a good idea to post to the list first and ask folks if they will be interested in the file before you notify them you will be sending it via private e-mail.
Please send all private posts via private e-mail. Private posts are considered to be posts which say nothing more than: "I think that, too", "thank you" to one or a few people, and "welcome to the list". Replies are sent to the person who mailed the post, but if something happens and you CANNOT get a person's private e-mail address, DO NOT send the message to Solo! E-mail one of the owners and ask them for the person's e-mail address! (An easier way of doing this is to select "Reply to All" then cutting and pasting the person's private email in the To: slot.)
If possible, include your e-mail address somewhere in your posts so it is readily available.
Felina, Emy, Karen and Lady Layne
This help message is being sent to you from the Majordomo mailing list management system at . This is version 1.94.3 of Majordomo. If you're familiar with mail servers, an advanced user's summary of Majordomo's commands appears at the end of this message.
Majordomo is an automated system which allows users to subscribe and unsubscribe to mailing lists, and to retrieve files from list archives. You can interact with the Majordomo software by sending it commands in the body of mail messages addressed to "". Please do not put your commands on the subject line; Majordomo does not process commands in the subject line. You may put multiple Majordomo commands in the same mail message. Put each command on a line by itself.
If you use a "signature block" at the end of your
mail, Majordomo may mistakenly believe each line of your message
is a command; you will then receive spurious error messages. To
keep this from happening, either put a line starting with a
hyphen ("-") before your signature, or put a line with
just the word
endon it in the same place. This will stop the Majordomo software from processing your signature as bad commands.
Here are some of the things you can do using Majordomo:
I. FINDING OUT WHICH LISTS ARE ON THIS SYSTEM
To get a list of publicly-available mailing lists on this system, put the following line in the body of your mail message to :
Each line will contain the name of a mailing list and a brief description of the list. To get more information about a particular list, use the "info" command, supplying the name of the list. For example, if the name of the list about which you wish information is "demo-list", you would put the line
in the body of the mail message.
II. SUBSCRIBING TO A LIST
Once you've determined that you wish to subscribe to one or more lists on this system, you can send commands to Majordomo to have it add you to the list, so you can begin receiving mailings. To receive list mail at the address from which you're sending your mail, simply say "subscribe" followed by the list's name:
If for some reason you wish to have the mailings go to a different address (a friend's address, a specific other system on which you have an account, or an address which is more correct than the one that automatically appears in the "From:" header on the mail you send), you would add that address to the command. For instance, if you're sending a request from your work account, but wish to receive "demo-list" mail at your personal account (for which we will use "firstname.lastname@example.org" as an example), you'd put the line
subscribe demo-list email@example.com
in the mail message body.
Based on configuration decisions made by the list owners, you may be added to the mailing list automatically. You may also receive notification that an authorization key is required for subscription. Another message will be sent to the address to be subscribed (which may or may not be the same as yours) containing the key, and directing the user to send a command found in that message back to . (This can be a bit of extra hassle, but it helps keep you from being swamped in extra email by someone who forged requests from your address.) You may also get a message that your subscription is being forwarded to the list owner for approval; some lists have waiting lists, or policies about who may subscribe. If your request is forwarded for approval, the list owner should contact you soon after your request. Upon subscribing, you should receive an introductory message, containing list policies and features. Save this message for future reference; it will also contain exact directions for unsubscribing. If you lose the intro mail and would like another copy of the policies, send this message to :
(substituting, of course, the real name of your list for "demo-list").
III. UNSUBSCRIBING FROM MAILING LISTS
Your original intro message contains the exact command which should be used to remove your address from the list. However, in most cases, you may simply send the command "unsubscribe" followed by the list name:
(This command may fail if your provider has changed the way your address is shown in your mail.) To remove an address other than the one from which you're sending the request, give that address in the command:
unsubscribe demo-list firstname.lastname@example.org
In either of these cases, you can tell to remove the address in question from all lists on this server by using "*" in place of the list name:
unsubscribe * email@example.com
IV. FINDING THE LISTS TO WHICH AN ADDRESS IS SUBSCRIBED
To find the lists to which your address is subscribed, send this command in the body of a mail message to :
You can look for other addresses, or parts of an address, by specifying the text for which Majordomo should search. For instance, to find which users at my-isp.com are subscribed to which lists, you might send the command
Note that many list owners completely or fully disable the "which" command, considering it a privacy violation.
V. FINDING OUT WHO'S SUBSCRIBED TO A LIST
To get a list of the addresses on a particular list, you may use the "who" command, followed by the name of the list:
Note that many list owners allow only a list's subscribers to use the "who" command, or disable it completely, believing it to be a privacy violation.
VI. RETRIEVING FILES FROM A LIST'S ARCHIVES
Many list owners keep archives of files associated with a list. These may include:
- back issues of the list
- help files, user profiles, and other documents associated with the list
- daily, monthly, or yearly archives for the list
To find out if a list has any files associated with it, use the "index" command:
If you see files in which you're interested, you may retrieve them by using the "get" command and specifying the list name and archive filename. For instance, to retrieve the files called "profile.form" (presumably a form to fill out with your profile) and "demo-list.9611" (presumably the messages posted to the list in November 1996), you would put the lines
get demo-list profile.form
get demo-list demo-list.9611
in your mail to .
VII. GETTING MORE HELP
To contact a human site manager, send mail to Majordomo-Owner@bigfatpipe.net. To contact the owner of a specific list, send mail to that list's approval address, which is formed by adding "-approval" to the user-name portion of the list's address. For instance, to contact the list owner for firstname.lastname@example.org, you would send mail to email@example.com. To get another copy of this help message, send mail to with a line saying
in the message body.
VIII. COMMAND SUMMARY FOR ADVANCED USERS
In the description below items contained in 's are optional. When providing the item, do not include the 's around it. Items in angle brackets, such as <address>, are meta-symbols that should be replaced by appropriate text without the angle brackets. It understands the following commands:
subscribe [<list>] [<address>]
Subscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) to the named <list>.
unsubscribe [<list>] [<address>]
Unsubscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) from the named <list>. "unsubscribe *" will remove you (or <address>) from all lists. This _may not_ work if you have subscribed using multiple addresses.
get [<list>] <filename>
Get a file related to <list>.
Return an index of files you can "get" for <list>.
Find out which lists you (or <address> if specified) are on.
Find out who is on the named <list>.
Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>.
Retrieve the introductory message sent to new users. Non-subscribers may not be able to retrieve this.
Show the lists served by this Majordomo server.
Retrieve this message.
Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature).
Commands should be sent in the body of an email message to "" or to "<list>-firstname.lastname@example.org". The <list> parameter is only optional if the message is sent to an address of the form "<list>-email@example.com". Multiple commands can be processed provided each occurs on a separate line. Commands in the "Subject:" line are NOT processed. If you have any questions or problems, please contact "Majordomo-Owner@bigfatpipe.net".
The Original Welcome Message from
Welcome to the Solo list! We are a discussion forum for solitary practitioners of peaceful spiritual paths. The list has a very broad focus; we discuss matters of interest to solitary practitioners, which means that everything from psychology to environmental issues to science fiction can be considered on-topic when framed in a context relating somehow to our spirituality (and those relations are sometimes highly tenuous *wink*). We welcome you to the list; pull a chair up by the hearth and share a cup of herbal tea (or mead, or chocolate milk, or soy milk, or whatever *grin*) with us while we chat about this and that. Feel free to chime in with your opinions and ideas. Feel free to ask questions. We are an open and loving family, and while we may not always agree, we strive to treat each other with respect and honor. Come join the discussions! Merry meet!
Tiger Eye (also known as Sandie Leavell) started this list as the result of a movement on alt.religion.wicca to provide a discussion forum for solitaries. In my offline life, I am a solitary eclectic-green-kitchen witch who shares her house in Austin, Texas, with a husband, two cats, two dogs, a ferret, a red-tailed boa, and a veiled chameleon. I work at the University of Texas in a genetics lab; we study eye development in fruit flies. In my few scraps of free time, I like to sew, make candles, snowski, write, read, sing, make music, make pottery, do needlework, play outside, and cook (but hate to clean). I feel most alive when I'm near the ocean, but I love mountains, forests, and caves as well. I love to talk to trees. I dabble in a bit of everything, and I am being pushed to specialize, but I haven't done it yet. Ah, the eternal procrastinator.... *grin* Most importantly, I welcome you!
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