1 ) What is MEL-L and what is it's purpose?
MEL-L, the melanoma mail list, is an unmoderated e-mail discussion group for patients,
their loved ones, caregivers, physicians and researchers of the disease, melanoma.
It's purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of information and support for
MEL-L is a forum for educational and support purposes only and is not engaged
in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through
MEL-L should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease.
It is not a substitute for professional care. We do not guarantee the accuracy of
this information. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should
consult your health care provider.
The listowner and subscribers, including those subscribers who are health care professionals
cannot be held responsible for the contents of MEL-L messages.
2 ) What is LISTSERV?
LISTSERV is the subscription server, through which all commands are sent to set
or change mail options and to get Help, Info, Indexes or digests. It is not for sending
messages to the list.
3 ) How does one become a member (user) of MEL-L?
One must subscribe to the list. Send an e-mail to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
Leave the subject box blank or type a space or - in it
Type one line in the message area as follows:
subscribe MEL-L FirstName LastName
Use your actual first and last name. Then send it.
4 ) Then what happens?
You will soon receive a "Subscription Confirmation" e-mail message from
MELSUB. You MUST reply this message to confirm your subscription. Do not add anything
to the message, just reply to it with your e-mailer. If you do not do this you will
not be subscribed. Following your reply, you will be subscribed and you will receive
an acknowledgement that you are subscribed. This ackknoledgement will include instructions
for posting to the list and other information. You should save this acknowledgement
for future reference.
5 ) What commands to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU are available to
By sending to MELSUB@mwt.net the subscriber can alter his mail options, get help
or get digests by "commands". The currently accepted commands are the following
and all must appearin the *BODY* of the message. You can send multiple commands,
each in one line finishing with END.
SUBSCRIBE MEL-L Your_FirstName Your_LastName
Subscribes you to the list called MEL-L.
Unsubscribes you from the list called MEL-L
For example; you have already sent an INDEX command and a list of digests have
been returned to you. You want to get the MEL-L-digest-366. You then send a command
to MELSUB@mwt.net to
GET MEL-L MEL-L-digest-366
Remember the first MEL-L is the list_name and MEL-L-digest-366 is the file name.
SET MEL-L OPTION
Set your subscription parameters to OPTION
Currently available options are:
(default options are indicated).
NOMAIL : Suspends your subscription until the next
DIGEST : Sends digests rather than individual messages
MAIL : Sends you individual messages. [Default].
6 ) When posting a message to the list, what rules of etiquette should I keep
When you subscribe a message of confirmation along with posting instructions is
sent. Some "rules of etiquette" are included in that message. Following
is the MEL-L Netiquette which you should try to follow as well. Violations of etiquette
which will get you unsubscribed from the list are marked with "*"
and are in red text.
- Some mailing lists have low rates of traffic, others can
flood your mailbox with several hundred mail messages per day. Numerous incoming
messages from various listservers or mailing lists by multiple users, requires extensive
system processing which can tie up valuable resources. Subscription to Interest Groups
or Discussion Lists should be kept to a minimum and should not exceed what your disk
quota can handle, or you for that matter. MEL-L averages
about 44 messages per day.
- When you join MEL-L, you may want to monitor the messages
for a few days to get a feel for what common questions are asked, and what topics
are deemed off-limits. This is commonly referred to as lurking. When you feel comfortable
with the group, then start posting. If you are urgently seeking information, by all
means, post your message at once.
- * Commercial messages are not wanted. If you have joined
this list to peddle your wares stop right now and unsubscribe. The first message
you post that spams this list will get you nothing but bad will and you will be immediately
deleted from the list.
- This is the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the group
that you are interested in joining. Veteran members get annoyed when they see the
same questions every few weeks. Check here first for answer before asking the list.
- Follow this and all guidelines that the listowner has posted;
the listowner establishes the local "netiquette" standards for this list.
- Keep in mind that this list has members from many countries.
Don't assume that they will understand a reference to TV, movies, pop culture, or
current events in your country. If you must use the reference, please explain it.
Don't assume that they understand geographical references that are local or national.
- * Don't join a list just to post inflammatory messages
- this upsets most system administrators and you could lose access to the net ("mail
- In general, keep your questions and comments relevant to
the focus of the discussion group. MEL-L is quite flexible on this point, however.
If a non-topic thread continues for very long many members will become annoyed.
- If another person posts a comment or question that is off
the subject, do NOT reply to the list and keep the off- subject conversation going
publicly. Is your message non-topic and intended for one or a few members of the
list? If so send that message privately. If you send it to the list others will consider
it as idle chatter.
- When someone posts an off-subject note, and someone else
criticizes that posting, you should NOT submit a gratuitous note saying "well,
I liked it and lots of people probably did as well and you guys ought to lighten
up and not tell us to stick to the subject".
- When going away for more than a week, unsubscribe or suspend
mail from any mailing lists or LISTSERV services. If your mailbox gets full and messages
are returned undelivered, you will be deleted from the list and will have to resubscribe.
- If you can respond to someone else's question, do so through
private e-mail. Twenty people answering the same question on a large list can fill
your mailbox (and those of everyone else on the list) quickly.
- EDIT YOUR REPLIES. There is nothing -- absolutely
nothing -- more frustrating to users of mail lists than people who include 200 lines
from a previous message, and tack on a two or three line reply to it. It's an amazing
waste of bandwidth and list-goodwill, and lazy to boot. If you include text in your
replies to the list, edit out all of those pieces that aren't needed in the reply.
- There is a real easy way to send a message to the list.
That is to hit the "Reply to" button and you won't have to take the few
seconds to type in the address. DON'T DO IT unless you are actually replying to a
message. Why? Because you probably won't take the time to change the topic in the
Subject box either. This is another very frustrating thing to deal with for members.
Take the few seconds to type in the topic of your message. Another good thing if
your message is not concerned with melanoma, is to state in your Subject box "-Not
Melanoma" or "humor" for instance. Digest users should remember when
replying from the digest to change the topic in the Subject box. If you don't your
message will come in with the subject Re: Digest #234565432 and will give the reader
no idea what your messge is about until he reads it. Maybe he doesn't want to read
it. He could have deleted the message if you had taken the time to put the topic
of your message in the subject box.
- Use discretion when forwarding a long mail message to group
addresses or distribution lists.It's preferable to reference the source of a document
and provide instructions on how to obtaina copy. If you must post a long message,
warn the readers with a statement at the top of the mail message. Example: WARNING:
- If you crosspost messages to multiple groups, include the
name of the groups at the top of the mail message with an apology for any duplication.
- Do NOT use the list to request donations or memorials.
- Resist the temptation to "flame" others on the
list. Remember that these discussions are"public" and meant for constructive
exchanges. Treat the others on the list as you would want them to treat you. * RUDENESS
in your message may get you unsubscribed as stated in your subscription confirmation.
- When posting a question to the discussion group, request
that responses be directed to you personally. Post a summary or answer to your question
to the group.
- When replying to a message posted to a discussion group,
check the address to be certain it's going to the intended location (person or group).
It can be very embarrassing if they reply incorrectly and post a personal message
to the entire discussion group that was intended for an individual.
- When signing up for a group it is important to save your
subscription confirmation letter for reference. That way if you go on vacation you
will have the subscription address forsuspending mail.
- Occasionally subscribers to the list who are not familiar
with proper netiquette will submitrequests to SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE directly to
the list itself. Be tolerant of this activity, and possibly provide some useful advice
as opposed to being critical.
- Other people on the list are not interested in your desire
to be added or deleted. Any requests regarding administrative tasks such as being
added or removed from a list should be made to the appropriate listowner, not the
list itself. Mail for these types of requests should be sent to thefollowing respectively:
7 ) I want to post to someone on the list privately and I don't have their
e-mail address. Since the review command is not available how do I get it?
The REVIEW command is unavailable for privacy reasons. To get someones e-mail
address post your request to the List Owner at firstname.lastname@example.org, who in turn will
e-mail the individual you want to post to and make the request. If permission is
granted by that individual he or the List Owner will contact you.
If you have any questions you may contact the listowner