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Wed Nov 27 10:47:36 EST 1996

Wed, 27 Nov 1996 10:47:36

Your  subscription  to the  BLUES-L  list  (Blues  Music List)  has  been

Please save this message for future  reference, especially if you are not
familiar with LISTSERV.  This might look like a waste  of disk space now,
but in  6 months  you will be  glad you saved  this information  when you
realize that  you cannot remember what  are the lists you  are subscribed
to, or  what is the command  to leave the  list to avoid filling  up your
mailbox while you are on vacations. In fact, you should create a new mail
folder for subscription confirmation messages  like this one, and for the
"welcome  messages"  from the  list  owners  that you  will  occasionally
receive after subscribing to a new list.

To send  a message to  all the people  currently subscribed to  the list,
just send mail to BLUES-L@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU. This is called "sending mail
to the  list", because  you send  mail to a  single address  and LISTSERV
makes  copies  for all  the  people  who  have subscribed.  This  address
(BLUES-L@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU) is  also called the "list  address". You must
never try to send any command to that address, as it would be distributed
to all the people  who have subscribed. All commands must  be sent to the
"LISTSERV         address",        LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU         (or
LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BITNET).  It   is  very  important  to   understand  the
difference between  the two, but  fortunately it is not  complicated. The
LISTSERV address  is like a  FAX number, and the  list address is  like a
normal phone  line. If  you make  your FAX  call someone's  regular phone
number by  mistake, it will be  an unpleasant experience for  him but you
will probably be excused the first time. If you do it regularly, however,
he will probably get upset and send you a nasty complaint. It is the same
with mailing lists, with the difference  that you are calling hundreds or
thousands of people at the same time, so a lot more people get annoyed if
you use the wrong number.

You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF BLUES-L" command
tell LISTSERV how you want it to confirm the receipt of messages you send
to the list. If  you do not trust the system, send  a "SET BLUES-L REPRO"
command and LISTSERV will  send you a copy of your  own messages, so that
you can see that  the message was distributed and did  not get damaged on
the  way. After  a while  you  may find  that this  is getting  annoying,
especially if  your mail program  does not tell  you that the  message is
from you when it  informs you that new mail has  arrived from BLUES-L. If
you send  a "SET BLUES-L ACK  NOREPRO" command, LISTSERV will  mail you a
short acknowledgement instead, which will  look different in your mailbox
directory. With most mail programs you will know immediately that this is
an  acknowledgement  you  can  read  later. Finally,  you  can  turn  off
acknowledgements completely with "SET BLUES-L NOACK NOREPRO".

Following  instructions from  the list  owner, your  subscription options
have been set to "REPRO ACK" rather than the usual LISTSERV defaults. For
more  information  about subscription  options,  send  a "QUERY  BLUES-L"

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a
list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX BLUES-L" command
order  these  files  with  a  "GET BLUES-L  LOGxxxx"  command,  or  using
LISTSERV's database  search facilities.  Send an "INFO  DATABASE" command
for more information on the latter.

Please note that  it is presently possible for other  people to determine
that  you are  signed up  to the  list through  the use  of the  "REVIEW"
command,  which  returns   the  e-mail  address  and  name   of  all  the
subscribers. If  you do not  want your name to  be visible, just  issue a

More  information on  LISTSERV  commands  can be  found  in the  LISTSERV
reference  card, which  you can  retrieve  by sending  an "INFO  REFCARD"

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