Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005411, Tue, 25 Jul 2000 11:11:58 -0700

NABOKV-L Instruction Sheet
EDITOR'S NOTE. The message below gives instructions on commands for
handling NABOKV-L. Although it goes to all new subscribers, I suspect many
of us toss or forget it. For example, several of you have recently asked
about how to get NABOKV-L in DIGEST form. This and much else is covered
below. Please save this message and refer to it when questions come up.

> Please save this message for future reference, especially if this is the
> first time you are subscribing to an electronic mailing list. If you ever
> need to leave the list, you will find the necessary instructions below.
> Perhaps more importantly, saving a copy of this message (and of all
> future subscription notices from other mailing lists) in a special mail
> folder will give you instant access to the list of mailing lists that you
> are subscribed to. This may prove very useful the next time you go on
> vacation and need to leave the lists temporarily so as not to fill up
> your mailbox while you are away! You should also save 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 NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.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
> (NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.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@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU. 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 that connects you
> to a machine, whereas the list address is like a normal voice line
> connecting you to a person. If you make a mistake and dial the FAX number
> when you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you will quickly realize
> that you used the wrong number and call again. No harm will have been
> done. If on the other hand you accidentally make your FAX call someone's
> voice line, the person receiving the call will be inconvenienced,
> especially if your FAX then re-dials every 5 minutes. The fact that most
> people will eventually connect the FAX machine to the voice line to allow
> the FAX to go through and make the calls stop does not mean that you
> should continue to send FAXes to the voice number. People would just get
> mad at you. It works pretty much the same way with mailing lists, with
> the difference that you are calling hundreds or thousands of people at
> the same time, and consequently you can expect a lot of people to get
> upset if you consistently send commands to the list address.
> You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF NABOKV-L"
> command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU. You can also 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 NABOKV-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 NABOKV-L. If you send a "SET NABOKV-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
> Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a
> list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX NABOKV-L"
> command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU. You can then order these files
> with a "GET NABOKV-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database
> search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information
> on the latter.
> This list is available in digest form. If you wish to receive the
> digested version of the postings, just issue a SET NABOKV-L DIGEST
> command.
> Please note that it is presently possible for anybody 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 "SET NABOKV-L CONCEAL"
> command.
> More information on LISTSERV commands can be found in the LISTSERV
> reference card, which you can retrieve by sending an "INFO REFCARD"