Tips on Managing Your Subscription

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Last Update 9/97

When sending commands to manage your CYSTIC-L subscription, put them in the *body* of an email message, and make certain they go to this address (they will have no effect otherwise):

Not Receiving CYSTIC-L Mail? (5/97)

Send the following command to

You’ll get back a message from the server that operates our list telling you that you currently have no subscription, or your subscription is set to NOMAIL, or your subscription is set to DIGEST. (If you do *not* get one of these responses and are not receiving CYSTIC-L mail the problem is likely not a CYSTIC-L problem, but at your service provider. If you don’t think the problem is at your service provider you may write to Ron at [email protected] — I’ll try to help, but no promises!).

If the return message says no subscription, send the following command in the body of an email message to

If the return message says NOMAIL, send the following command in the body of an email message to

If the return message says DIGEST, send the following command in the body of an email message to

If these actions don’t get you mail again within 24 hours, write to Ron at [email protected] and I’ll try to help.

If you are curious why I proffer this advice, here’s my thinking:

A “no subscription” message from ListServ may be received unexpectedly because ListServ may unsubscribe you if it believes your address is invalid based on a number of bounced messages which say this.

A NOMAIL status from ListServ may be received unexpectedly because ListServ may set your subscription to NOMAIL if it believes your address is unable to receive mail based on a number of bounced messages which say this (e.g., mailbox full). In a few cases I may set your subscription to NOMAIL for similar reasons.

If your subscription is set to DIGEST your service provider may not permit messages as large as the digest to be received (e.g., Juno, sometimes AOL).

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Getting Too Much Mail? (10/97)

Here are some tools for managing your CYSTIC-L mail:

  1. DIGEST
    Sometimes simply getting one big message a day, instead of individual messages as they are posted, allows sufficiently quick scanning to solve the problem. To set your subscription to DIGEST send the following command in the body of an email message to

    [email protected]

    SET CYSTIC-L DIGEST

  2. INDEX
    Another alternative is to receive a daily list (or “index”) of the Subjects of the messages posted to CYSTIC-L, but not the messages themselves. To set your subscription to INDEX send the following command in the body of an email message to

    [email protected]

    SET CYSTIC-L INDEX

    To retrieve the message(s) that interest you, just reply and print out the numbers of the messages you want (the reply should go [email protected]).

     

  3. TOPICS
    In addition, you can set your subscription to the following topics at any time, and can switch them around all you like. Just send the following commands in the body of an email message to

    [email protected] saying:

    SET CYSTIC-L TOPICS=CF SET CYSTIC-L TOPICS=OTHER SET CYSTIC-L TOPICS=ALLSetting to CF will mean you receive only those messages that have Subject lines beginning with CF: (for the “medical” aspects of CF). Setting to OTHER will mean you receive only those messages that *do not* have Subject lines beginning with CF: (for the “social support” aspects of CYSTIC-L). Setting to ALL will mean you receive all messages posted to CYSTIC-L (note that this is the default if you do not set TOPICS after subscribing). Note that the listserver will send messages that have Subject lines beginning with a variant of RE: to the appropriate topic(s) just as if the RE: wasn’t there.

  4. [C-L] Subject Tag (10/97)
    To set your subscription to have [C-L] prefix the subject of the messages you receive from CYSTIC-L, send the following message to:

    [email protected]

    SET CYSTIC-L SUBJIf you want to turn this option off, send this message:SET CYSTIC-L NOSUBJ

    You may turn this option on and off as often as you like.

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Going Away? (5/97)

You should tell ListServ to stop your mail if you are not going to be able to read it for a while; otherwise your mail account may become full and bounce messages. Send the following command to

To turn your mail back on, send the following command to

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Miss Some Messages While Away? (8/97)

The following procedure is effective for CYSTIC-L messages posted after May 8, 1997. All CYSTIC-L messages (including those prior to May, 1997) are available on the WWW site CF- WEB. CF-WEB is at http://cf-web.mit.edu

First get a list (“index”) of the weekly CYSTIC-L collections of messages (“logs”) by sending the following command to

Then retrieve the log you want by sending the following command to

where “YYMM” corresponds to the year and month of the log and “A” indicates the first week of the month, “B” indicates the second week of the month, and so on. For instance, if you wanted the log for the third week of May, 1997, you would type:

You can send several GET commands in the same message, as long as you put each new command on a separate line.

NOTE:
There is no space between LOG and the YYMMA!

Some mail accounts impose a limit on the size of messages that can be received (e.g., JUNO rejects messages larger than 61k). To get the log broken down into a series of messages that will meet your limit, send this GET message instead (you may substitute any value for “55”): GET CYSTIC-L LOG9705C split=55k

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Want to Check The Archives? (8/97)

The following procedure is effective for CYSTIC-L messages posted after May 8, 1997. [All CYSTIC-L messages (including those prior to May 8, 1997) are available on the WWW site CF-WEB: http://cf-web.mit.edu]

To access the archives by date send the message to

and follow the instructions you receive via return email.

To search the archives by keyword, (suppose you wanted to read all the posts about l-arginine), send the following command to

You will receive an email back listing each message that contains “l-arginine”. Each message will have a unique number associated with it, and a brief excerpt showing the context of “l-arginine” in the message. This return email will also contain an instruction on ordering a copy of each full message you want to read (e.g., “To order a copy of these postings, send the following command:

    GETPOST L-ARGININE 1-8″).

Simply send the GETPOST command containing the numbers of the messages you want to

and you will receive the full message(s) by return email.

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Forgotten Someone’s Email Address? (5/97)

To receive an alphabetical list of subscribers and their email addresses send the following command to

Need to Unsubscribe? (8/97)

*From the account you wish to unsubscribe* Send the following command to

*If you can’t send messages from the account you wish to unsubscribe* Send Ron a message giving the address you wish to have unsubscribed and explaining that you can no longer send messages from that account.
 

I Forgot the CYSTIC-L Address! (9/97)

To post a message to everyone on CYSTIC-L send the message to this address:

Getting Two Copies of Each Message? (9/97)

You have more than one subscription to CYSTIC-L. Get the list of subscribers as described in “Forgotten Someone’s Email Address?” above, and search it for your subscriptions. Once you have identified your subscriptions, unsubscribe the one you no longer want as described in “Need to Unsubscribe?” above.
 

Want to Learn More? (5/97)

Send the following commands in the body of an email message to

and you will receive copies of these information documents by email.

Alternatively, there is a nice homepage with lots of information at: http://www.lsoft.com/listserv.stm Clicking on “Online documentation”, and then on “online LISTSERV manuals”, and then on “LISTSERV General User’s Guide” takes you to a nicely written manual which can be viewed online, or downloaded in a variety of wordprocessing formats.
 

Not Sure What to Do? (5/97)

Write to Ron Trueworthy at [email protected] and I’ll try to help.

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