FreeBMD Mailing Lists

How to use FreeBMD Mailing Lists

For those people who have not used a Mailing List before, it is important to realise that after subscribing to one of the Mailing Lists you will receive a copy of every mail to that List. You can reply to a mail by clicking on the Reply button in your email client. Your reply will be received by every subscriber to the List, including yourself. If you are subscribed to a List and post a query to the List, it will be received by every subscriber to that List, including yourself.

If you do not want to receive mails from any List you have subscribed to, either visit this page or look at the bottom of any List mail to find out how to unsubscribe. Note that the address for unsubscribing is not the normal List address and so you should not use the Reply facility to unsubscribe.

How to Subscribe and Unsubscribe

subscribe:
Click on the mailing list you wish to subscribe to and when the "Mail" window appears, type the single word "subscribe" in the title and body of the message (turn off or remove your signature).
unsubscribe:
Click on the mailing list you wish to unsubscribe from and when the 'Mail" window appears, type the single word "unsubscribe" in the title and body of the message (turn off or remove your signature).
change email address:
Please unsubscribe using your old address and subscribe using your new address. If you do not have access to your old address, then ignore the unsubscribe; it will happen automatically as described below

Do not add any other text to the (un)subscription request as this will defeat the automated nature of the process and then have to be performed manually by the list maintainer at a later time.

Following your subscription request, you will receive a confirmation of your subscription from the respective mailing list administration address.

Note:If you subscribe to any of the mailing lists, you must not send messages about viruses. Such messages are actually spreading the virus and by sending the message other people may have their systems damaged. If you receive such a message, check with a virus library such as http://vil.nai.com/vil/default.asp or http://www.pandasoftware.com/library/ or http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/ before taking any action.

Automatic Subscription Cancellation

In common with other mailing lists, there is an automatic procedure whereby emails that cannot be delivered for a period of time to particular addresses automatically have their subscription cancelled. This is done to avoid sending out mail to obsolete addresses. The period of time is adjusted from time to time but is of the order of a week. If such a cancellation happens to you, and your mail address is not obsolete, the usual causes are server problems at your ISP or an over-full mailbox. To recover from such an automatic cancellation just subscribe again.

Mailing Lists Modes

The FreeBMD mailing lists have two different modes:
List Mode:
(name: listname-L) Each message is sent separately to the subscribers.
Digest Mode:
(name: listname-D) A number of messages are batched together and then sent to the subscribers.
You can choose the mode you want for each individual mailing list by subscribing to the one with the appropriate name.

FreeBMD Mailing Lists (subscription addresses)

FreeBMD-News-L

This list is for people interested in how the FreeBMD project is progressing. Postings will announce major decisions, track progress and calls for volunteers. Traffic is expected to be light, maybe a message every couple of months, maybe less.

To subscribe/unsubscribe

If you are subscribed to the other FreeBMD lists you do NOT need to be subscribed to this list as these messages will be propagated through to the other lists.

Note - You cannot send messages to this list - instead see FreeBMD-Admins-L and FreeBMD-Discuss-L.

FreeBMD-Admins-L

This list is a Questions and Answers forum for transcribers and volunteers.

Answers to questions will come from experienced transcribers who are familiar with the whole project. Answers that reflect practice within a particular syndicate or which reflect the opinion of a transcriber as to a better way of doing things are not allowed.

To subscribe/unsubscribe

To send a message

For questions about this list, contact the list administrator.

Note: If you subscribe to this list you do NOT need to subscribe to FreeBMD-News, as messages to FreeBMD-News will be seen in FreeBMD-Admins.

FreeBMD-Discuss-L

This list is for general FreeBMD discussion.

It is normally for experienced transcribers who are fully conversant with FreeBMD.

New volunteers can participate in or initiate a discussion but BEFORE doing so it is strongly advised they check out the DISCUSS mailing archives to see if the same issue has been previously discussed. It is also recommended new volunteers lurk for a while to get the feel for the sort of topics discussed. This will overcome the reinventing the wheel syndrome.

The Discuss list is not for new volunteers or transcribers looking for help, the Admin list is for this purpose.

The Discuss list allows subscribers to offer opinion as to what we should be doing. Ideas discussed on this list will form a major input to the FreeBMD decision making process. Discussions reflecting practice within a particular syndicate are not allowed, unless this is in support of changing the official policy or working of FreeBMD.

To subscribe/unsubscribe

To send a message

For questions about this list, contact the list administrator.

Note: If you subscribe to this list you do NOT need to subscribe to FreeBMD-News, as messages to FreeBMD-News will be seen in FreeBMD-Discuss.

FreeBMD-Syndicates-L

This list is a forum for Syndicate co-ordinators and includes discussion of strategic direction in allocating quarters to syndicates, and policy regarding error correction. Also provides mutual help and advice for co-ordinators.

Subscription to this list is restricted to Syndicate Co-ordinators, their nominated assistants and those involved in central administration.

Transcribers who are experiencing difficulties in making contact with their Syndicate Coordinator should email the Click to contact for assistance.

To subscribe/unsubscribe

To send a message

For questions about this list, contact the list administrator.

Note: If you subscribe to this list you do NOT need to subscribe to FreeBMD-News, as messages to FreeBMD-News will be seen in FreeBMD-Syndicates.

Archives for mailing lists

The archives for the mailing lists are available either by searching or browsing.

FreeBMD-Admins

FreeBMD-Discuss

FreeBMD-Syndicates

FreeBMD-News

We wish to thank RootsWeb for their ongoing support and their provision of these mailing lists and invite visitors to peruse RootsWeb's pages.

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