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How to send messages on the Track2 RailNet

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A. Test Listserver
B. Posting Steps
C. Two Copies In Your Inbox
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D. Listserver Delays
E. For RailNet Announcers Only
F. Email Address Guidelines

A. Test Listserver

Note that you can practice sending messages to a dummy "Test Listserver", before you post to the real Listserver.


B. Posting Steps

Sending an announcement message to the Listserver is pretty much like sending an email to anyone else, except for a few special steps for your first few messages.

Posting Steps

Step 1: Type The Body

Type in your announcement like a normal email
Please observe the Email Address Guidelines below.

Step 2: Include Any Attachments

Please don't attach photos or flyers unless they are in JPEG or GIF or PDF format, and they are compressed to total size preferably no larger than 100 K.

Step 3: Address It

Address it to: RailNet@yahoogroups.com
  • Put this address into your address book, so you get it right the next time.

Step 4: BCC Yourself

You'll receive a copy of the message that you can compare with the one that comes through the Listserver.

For The First 3 Times You Sent Messages

Step 5: BCC The List Moderator

Send me a "blind carbon" copy (use BCC button) the first 3 times at (bottom include)
({{email removed Jan. 2016, to avoid unneeded SPAM}}
  • REASON: If the post does not work, then I can examine what you sent.
  • Put this address into your address book, so you get it right the next time.

Step 6: SEND the message.

When you "post" (send a message) to the Listserver, it then distributes your message to all subscribers.

Yahoo scans your message for viruses, adds the headers and footers and sometimes their advertisements, and sometimes changes your fonts and indentation in unexpected and undesired ways.


C. Two Copies In Your Inbox

Step 7: Receive BCC Copy

You should receive your 1st copy, the BCC copy, almost immediately (since it goes directly from your computer to your ISPs mail server and back to you).

Step 8: Wait For Listserver Copy

Eventually you will receive a 2nd copy of the message from the Listserver in your email inbox.
  • The 2nd copy that comes from the Listserver will be identified by the subject tag [RailNet].
  • Note the 1st BCC copy you sent yourself, will not have the subject tag.

Note there may be DELAYS -- see the next section Listserver Delays.

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D. Listserver Delays

Inbox Delays

Your copy may come to your inbox almost immediately, or it may be delayed up to several hours if Yahoo is busy or down.
Please do NOT send multiple copies of the same message, just because you don't see your first copy right away.

Verify Message Reached Listserver

You can verify the message you sent appears on the Listserver web page at

Your message should usually appear on the Listserver web page fairly quickly after you send it, but it may not if things are bogged down someplace.

If you find your message on the web page, then you can be fairly confident that the Listserver will eventually email it to all the subscribers.



E. For RailNet Announcers Only

This page is for people:
  • who have are already subscribed to the Track2 RailNet Yahoo "RailNet" Listserver. . . [How do I subscribe?] . . [What is a Listserver? Help]
  • the Moderator has given them "posting privileges"

The Listserver Moderator attempts to prevent Spamming and other improper usage by giving posting privileges only to "approved senders".



F. Email Address Guidelines

Including Your Email Address In The Body

You can include your own email address in the BODY of the message . . . if you are willing to risk Spammers possibly being able to see it on the Listserver's web archive page.

REASON: The web page archive will truncate the sender's address, but it may sometimes display email addresses in the body. See message 25 in the test listserver as an example.

Including Other People's Email Addresses In The Body

Please don't include anyone else's email in the body of the message, unless you have their permission to do so.

Curbing Abuse

Announcers who repeatedly break the above guidelines, may have their posting privileges restricted or removed.

m . . This page modified 9/14/2006. by (bottom include)

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