- Version 02, 1/28/2009
for the AutoControls
Yahoo discussion Group Listserver
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- If you're new to the group or want a
quick refresher on how this email group works, please read on!
This message contains essential knowledge for all members and will
answer MANY common new-user questions, so please take the time to
- A copy of this message is also linked
from the AutoControl.org home page.
- A. The
Re-Subscribing (when your address
Additional Listserver Information
Contacting the Volunteer Moderator
- If you have any questions
about any of the below information
please telephone or email me, the volunteer Moderator, James
Ingram, using the contact info at the end of this message.
- Terminology: In this message, the
term "Listserver" will be used interchangeably with
"Yahoo Group", "group, and "electronic mailing list". (See
definition for Listserve for more
A. THE KEY POINTS ======
- On Topic: Please avoid sending
OFF TOPIC messages. Messages are OFF TOPIC if they do not
pertain to automatic controls for 2-rail model railroad
* See the AutoControls.org Listserver Page's Control's
Included/Excluded Section for more
details about "on topic" versus "off topic".
- Excessive Messages: Please avoid
sending excessive messages, as people
will unsubscribe if they get too
many messages with content that is not useful to them.
* Members sending off topic or excessive messages may be put on
"moderated" status or have their posting privileges
suspended, to protect the "integrity" of the group.
- Sending Messages: This group is
configured to be 'discussion', so
all members can post messages.
I.e., it is not a "announcement" group, where only specified
members can send announcements.
* To Send: You can send a
message to the entire group by using the address firstname.lastname@example.org
. Put this address in your address book, so it will always be
This 'posting address'
will also be in the 'Moderators Notes'
at the bottom of every email, for your convenient
- Signature Required: Please consult
your email program's 'Help' section, and set up a
"signature" that automatically adds your real name and city
to the bottom of the email. REASON: So we can tell who you are,
and where you're at -- example "James Ingram, Williamsport
* Emails identified only by
something like "email@example.com" do not suffice. If you're in
the witness protection program, you probably don't belong in this
- Attachment Size: Please try to
restrict attachment size to 100 Kbytes or less, whenever
possible. REASON: Members with dial-up telephone modems will be
inconvenienced by the long download times.
- Message Archives: The Yahoo
Listserver automatically stores an 'archive copy' of every
announcement sent in the "Message Archives".
* These archives are currently set to be public. Thus
interested non-members (web surfers) can go to the
Groups 'AutoControls' Home Page' (
and browse the messages by using the 'Messages' link in the
left menu bar.
B. OVERVIEW ======
- Message Identification -- The
Listserver automatically adds the 'subject tag'
[AutoControls] at the beginning of the subject
line, so you will know the message came to you via the
- Separate Mailbox & Sorting
To avoid cluttering your inbox: We suggest you set up a
separate mailbox named 'AutoControls' or similar, then
create a 'Mail Rule' to automatically sort messages from
this Listserver into the separate mailbox (Consult your email
- Address Privacy: Note that other
members cannot see your address, UNLESS you send a message.
* If you send a message, other
subscribers will see your address in the 'From' field, as well as
any addresses that you 'CC'.
* Note that if you send a message, the
first part of your address will show in the message archives, but
the last part (the domain) will not show, so Spammers cannot get
your whole address.
* As always, we recommend using a separate address for
these Yahoo groups.
C. UNSUBSCRIBING ======
- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from this group any
you no longer want to receive announcements from this
We hope you won't unsubscribe, but you always have that
You simply send a blank email (no subject, no body)
to the 'unsubscribe address',
. . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org
. . . . . . . . . .
Then just hit the 'Reply'
button in response to the confirmation request that Yahoo will
address' will also be in the 'Moderators Notes'
at the bottom of every email, for your convenient
D. RE-SUBSCRIBING ======
- This group is PRIVATE, so you cannot
You'll need to get your new address to Jim Ingram, or whoever is
the current moderator.
* Members who change addresses frequently, are encouraged to use
one of the two following methods, to avoid creating unnecessary
work for the volunteer moderators.
~~~~~~ Re-subscribing When You Belong To Multiple Yahoo Groups,
or Change Addresses Often
- Alternate Method 1: Yahoo
Note that if you belong to multiple Yahoo
groups and your email address changes.
* You can update the address ONCE in your Yahoo section,
rather than having to unsubscribe and resubscribe to several
* To do this, you first need to get a 'Yahoo ID', then
'link' it to your actual email address using your Yahoo
'Profile'. Consult Yahoo help pages, or someone familiar
with this process for more info.
- Alternate Method 2: Gmail
Another method is to get a free Gmail address from Google
(Gmail.com), and subscribe it to any
Yahoo groups you belong to. Then you can forward the Gmail
address to your actual address.
Then if your actual address changes again, you just change the
forwarding address ONCE in Gmail, and all your Listserver messages
are now forwarded to your new address.
- Hotmail gets bad reviews, and is
E. ADDITIONAL LISTSERVER INFORMATION ======
- Yahoo's Yahoo
Group Help Pages
- Ingram's web page 'About
- Ingram's amateur YouTube
Video About Yahoo Groups.
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F. CONTACTING THE VOLUNTEER MODERATOR
- Any questions not answered by
please call me on the telephone.
(I do not like trying to conduct discussions by typing lots of
THANKS, Listserver Moderator, James R. Ingram, Montoursville
Voicemail/landline: (570) 322-7597.
Email address at bottom of Track2