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 it's members.


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 the subscriber?

By sending to 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 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 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 in mind?

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.




















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, 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