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Official Pulsar List FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 
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Matt Dralle
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:02 pm    Post subject: Official Pulsar List FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Reply with quote


This FAQ can also be viewed in HTML online at the following address:

http://www.matronics.com/FAQ/Pulsar-List.htm



************************************************************
******* LIST POLICIES AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS *******
************************************************************



PLEASE READ. This document contains Pulsar-List policies and information
for new and old subscribers. Understanding the Pulsar-List policies will
minimize problems for the Administrator, and will help keep the Pulsar-List
running smoothly for all of us.


******************************************
*** Quick Start Guide to List Features ***
******************************************

There are many features available on the Matronics Email Lists and each
one is described in detailed below. However, using the List Navigator
you can quickly access the complete set of features available for this
List. The List Navigator can be found at the following URL:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Pulsar-List



****************************************
*** How to Subscribe and Unsubscribe ***
****************************************

Simply go to the Web Page shown below and enter your email address and
select the List(s) that you wish to subscribe or unsubscribed from. You
may also use the handy "Find" function to determine the exact syntax of
your email address as it is subscribed to the List. Please see the
complete instructions at the top of the Web Page for more information.
The Subscribe/Unsubscribe web page is:

http://www.matronics.com/subscribe

Note that you will receive TWO conformation emails regarding your subsciption
process. The first verifies that your subscription/unsubsciption request
was received, and the second confirms that the process has been completed.

You should receive the first email within a few minutes of your request.
The second conformation will arrive in less than 24 hours. You cannot post
until you receive the second conformation email message.



*****************************
*** How to Post a Message ***
*****************************

Send an email message to:

pulsar-list(at)matronics.com

Your message will be redistributed to everyone currently subscribed
to the List.



*****************************************************
*** SPAM Fighter - You Must be Subscribed to Post ***
*****************************************************

When a new post is received by the system, the From: line of the message
is checked and compared against the current subscription list. If the
email address is found, the message is passed on to the List Processor.
If the email address isn't found in the current list of subscribers, it
is dumped. This serves to very effectively thwart 99% of the SPAM that
gets posted to the Lists.

Remember, however, that the syntax of your email address is very important
with regard to the configuration of your email application such as Outlook
or Eudora. For example, the following two email addresses may be
functionally equivalent, but only one would pass the Matronics Email SPAM
functionally equivalent, but only one would pass the Matronics Email SPAM
test depending on which was syntax was subscribed to the given List:

smith(at)machine.domain.com

smith(at)domain.com

Either email address syntax is alright, just be sure that you configure
your email application to match *exactly* the address you've subscibed to
the List.



**************************************
*** Enclosure Support on the Lists ***
**************************************

Limited posting of enclosures such as pictures, documents, and spreadsheets
is supported on the Lists. There are a number of restrictions, and these
are detailed below. Please abide by the rules put forth regarding the
content of enclosures.

These are some of the features and limits of enclosures on the Matronics
Lists:

1) Enclosures will only be posted to the Real Time version of the Lists.

2) Enclosures will NOT be included in the Daily Digest version of the Lists.

3) Enclosures WILL BE forwarded on to the BBS Forum Web site.

4) Enclosures will NOT be appended to the Archives.

5) Enclosures will NOT be available in the List Browse feature.

6) Only the following file types and extensions will be allowed:

bmp doc dwg dxf gif jpg pdf png txt xls

All other enclosures types will be rejected and email returned to
sender. The enclosure types listed above are relatively safe from
a virus standpoint and don't pose a particularly large security risk.

7) !! All incoming enclosures will be scanned for viruses prior to posting
to the List. This is done in real time and will not slow down
the process of posting the message !!


Here are some rules for posting enclosures. Failure to abide by these rules
could result in the removal of a subscriber's email address from the Lists.

1) Pay attention to what you are posting!! Make sure that the files
you are enclosing aren't HUGE (greater that 1MB). Remember that there
are still people checking they're email via dial up modem. If you post
30MB worth of pictures, you are placing an unnecessary burden on these
folks and the rest of us, for that matter.

2) SCALE YOUR PICTURES DOWN!!! I don't want to see huge 3000 x 2000
pictures getting posted that are 3 or 4MB each. This is just
unacceptable. Use a program such as Photoshop to scale the picture
down to something on the order of 800 x 600 and try to keep the
file size to less-than 200KB, preferably much less.

Microsoft has a really awesome utility available for free that allows
you to Right-Click on a picture in Explorer and automatically
scale it down and resave it. This is a great utility - get it, use it!
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
Look for the link "Image Resizer"

3) !! This would seem to go without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Do not
post anything that would be considered offensive by your grandmother.
And you know what I'm saying; I don't want to see anything even
questionable. !!

4) REMEMBER THIS: If you post a 1MB enclosure to a List with 1000 members
subscribed, your 1MB enclosure must be resent 1000 times amounting
to 1MB X 1000 = 1 Gigabyte of network traffic!! BE CAREFUL and
BE COURTEOUS!

Also see the section below on the Matronics Photo and File Share where
you can have your files and photos posted on the Matronics web server
for long time viewing and availability.



*******************
*** Digest Mode ***
*******************

Each day, starting at 12 midnight PST US, a new 'digest' will be started.
This digest will contain the same information that is currently appended
to the archive file. It has all of the headers except for the "From:"
and "Subject:" lines removed, and includes a message separator consisting
of a line of underscores.

Each day at 23:55 PST US, the day's messages as described above will be
combined and sent as a single message to everyone on the digest email list.

To subscribe to the digest list, use the same subscription web form
described above, and just select the Digest version of the List.

http://www.matronics.com/subscribe

Note that you *can* be subscribed to both the realtime and digest versions
of the List at the same time. This is perfectly acceptable.

Now some caveats:

* Messages sent to "pulsar-list-digest" will be forwarded to the standard
email list. In other words, you cannot post messages only to the
digest List.

* If you are subscribed to both the regular List and the digest List, you
will receive the realtime postings as well as the digest at the end of
the day.

* If you reply to the digest email, your message will be forwarded to the
normal list associated with the digest. Important Note: Please change
the subject line to reflect the topic of your response! Also, please
*do not include all or most of the digest in your reply*.



****************************
*** List Digest Browser ***
****************************

An archive of all the List Digests can be found online in either plain text
or HTML format. These archives contain the exact Digest that was posted to
the Digest email list on the given day. The Digest Archives can be found
at the following location:

http://www.matronics.com/digest



*****************************************
*** The "DO NOT ARCHIVE" Message Flag ***
*****************************************

At times, your message may concern something that is revelent only to a very
small number of persons or to a limited area, and you may not wish to archive
it. In such a case, simply put the following phrase anywhere in the
message:

do not archive

Your message will not be appended to the archive, but will be sent to List
email distribution as normal.



**********************************************
***** READ THIS - Automatic Unsubscribes *****
**********************************************

Note that if your email address begins to cause problems such as bounced
email, mailbox is filled, or any other errors, your address will be promptly
removed from the List. If you discover that you are no longer receiving
messages from the Pulsar-List, go to the following Web page, and look
for your email address and a possible reason for your removal.

The Matronics Email List uses utility called the "Email Weasel" that
automatically looks though the day's bounced email for addresses that
caused problems due to common things like "user is unknown", "mailbox
full", etc. If the Email Weasel removes your email address from the
Lists you will find record of it at the following URL:

http://www.matronics.com/unsubscribed

If the problem listed on the web site above has been resolved, please feel
free to resubscribe to the Lists of your choice.


*******************************
*** List Member Information ***
*******************************

If you have not done so already, please email me your phone numbers and
paper mail address in the following format:

smith(at)somehost.com
Joe Smith
123 Airport Lane
Tower, CA 91234-1234
098-765-1234 w
123-456-7890 h

Please forward this information to the following email address:

requests(at)matronics.com

I have a file of such things, that I typically use to contact you when
there are problems with your email address. The information will NOT
be used for any other commercial purpose.



****************************************
*** Realtime Web Email List Browsing ***
****************************************

Recent messages posted to the Pulsar-List are also made available on
the Web for realtime browsing. Seven days worth of back postings are
available with this feature. The messages can be sorted by Subject,
Author, Date, or Message Thread. The Realtime List Browser indexes are
updated twice per hour at xx:15 and xx:45. You can also reply to a message
or start a new message directly from the List Browser Interface (coming soon).
You do not have to be subscribed to the given list to use the List
Browser Interface in view-mode.

http://www.matronics.com/browselist/pulsar-list



*******************************************
*** Web Forums Bulletin Board Interface ***
*******************************************

A phpBB BBS web Forums front end is available for all Pulsar-List content.
content. The Forums contain all of the same content available via the email
distribution and found on the various archive viewing formats such as the
List Browse, etc. Any posts on the web Forums will be cross posted to the
respective email List, and posts to the Email List will be cross posted to
the web Forums.

You may view all List content on the Forums without any special login.
If you wish to post a message via the Web Forum interface, however, you
will need to Register. This is a simple process that takes only a few
minutes. A link to the Registration page can be found at the top of the
main web Forums page. Note that registering on the Forum web site also
enables you to send email posts to the Lists as well. You will also need
to Subscribe to the respective Email List as described above to receive the
Email Distribution of the List, however.

The Matronics Email List Web BBS Forums can be found at the following URL:

http://forums.matronics.com



*********************************
*** Matronics Email List Wiki ***
*********************************

In an attempt to make it easy to store and find structured and often accessed
information, Matronics has installed a Wiki at:

http://wiki.matronics.com

The Wiki allows individuals to create web pages to contain useful information
for other users of the mailing lists and web site. Unlike an ordinary web page
where the content needs to be submitted to Matronics for inclusion, the Wiki
permits the users to construct their own pages and have them visible immediately.

While constructing pages for the Wiki is not difficult, some may not be
comfortable building pages. In that case, simply prepare the text and any
images and email it to:

wiki-support(at)matronics.com

One of the volunteers on that list will take your submission and construct
a Wiki page for you.

Often someone produces a particularly useful posting in email one one of the
Lists that would be of general interest. In that case Matronics may take that
post and convert it into a Wiki page.



*********************
*** List Archives ***
*********************

A file containing of all of the previous postings to the Pulsar-List is
available on line. The archive file information is available via the
Web and FTP in a number of forms. Each are briefly described below:


* Pulsar-List.FAQ

- Latest version of the Pulsar-List Frequently Asked Question
page (this document).

* Pulsar-Archive.digest.complete

- Complete file with most of the email header info removed and
page breaks inserted between messages.

* Pulsar-Archive.digest.vol-??

- Same as the file above, but broken up into small sections that
can more easily handled.

* Pulsar-Archive.digest.complete.zip

- Same as the Pulsar-Archive.digest.complete file above, but
in PKZIP format. Use "binary" data transfer methods.

* Pulsar-Archive.digest.complete.Z

- Same as the Pulsar-Archive.digest.complete file above, but in
UNIX compress format. Use "binary" data transfer methods.



Download Via FTP
----------------

The archive file is available via anonymous FTP from ftp.matronics.com
in the "/pub/Archives" directory. It is updated daily and can be found in
a number of formats as described above. (All filenames are case sensitive.)

ftp://ftp.matronics.com/pub/Archives



Download Via Web
----------------

The archives are also available via a web listing. These can be found
toward the bottom of the following web page:

http://www.matronics.com/archives



******************************************
*** Complete List Web Archive Browsing ***
******************************************

All messages posted to the Pulsar-List are also available using the
Email List Archive Browsing feature. With this utility, all messages
in the List are indexed, and individual sub-archives can be browsed.

http://www.matronics.com/archive/archive-index.cgi?Pulsar



*****************************************
**** High-Speed Archive Search Engine ***
*****************************************

You can use the custom, high-performance Matronics Email List Search Engine
to quickly locate and browse any messages that have been posted to the
List. The Engine allows the user to easily search any of the currently
available List archives.


http://www.matronics.com/search



****************************
*** File and Photo Share ***
****************************

With the Matronics Email List File and Photo Share you can share pictures
and other data with members of the List without having to forward a
copy of it to everyone. To share your Files and Photos, simply email
them to:

pictures(at)matronics.com

!! ==> Please including the following information with each submission:

1) Email Lists that they are related to.
2) Your Full Name.
3) Your Email Address.
4) One line Subject description.
5) Multi-line, multi-paragraph description of topic.
6-x) One-line Description of each photo or file

Prior to public availability of the files and photos, each will be scanned
for viruses. Please also note that the process of making the files and
photos available on the web site is a pseudo-manual process, and I try to
process them every few days.

Following the availability of the new Photoshare, an email message will be
sent to the Email Lists enumerated in 1) above indicating that the new
Share is available and what the direct URL to it is.

For a current list of available Photoshares, have a look at the Main
Index Page:

http://www.matronics.com/photoshare



**************************
*** List Archive CDROM ***
**************************

A complete Matronics Email List Archive CD is available that contains
all of the archives since the beginning of each of the Lists. The archives
for all of the Lists are included on the CD along with a freeware search
engine written by a list member. The CD is burned the day you order it
and will contain archive received up to the last minute. They make
great gifts!

http://www.matronics.com/ArchiveCDROM



**********************************
*** List Support Contributions ***
**********************************

The Matronics Lists are run *completely* through the support of it members.
You won't find any PopUpAds, flashing Banner ads, or any other form of
annoying commercialism on either the Email Messages or the List web pages
associated with the Matronics Email Lists. Every year during November
I run a low-key, low-pressure "Fund Raiser" where, throughout the month,
I ask List members to make a Contribution in any amount with which they
are comfortable.

I will often offer free gifts with certain contribution levels during the
Fund Raiser to increase the participation. The gifts are usually donated
by companies that are themselves List members.

Your Contributions go directly to supporting the operation of the Lists
including the high-speed, business-class Internet connection, server
system hardware and software upgrades, and to partially offset the many
many hours I spend running, maintaining, upgrading, and developing the
variety of services found here.

Generally Contributions range from $20 to $100 and are completely voluntary
and non-compulsory. I ask only that if person enjoys the Lists and obtains
value from them, that they make a Contribution of equal magnitude.

Contributions are accepted throughout the year, and if you've
just subscribed, feel free to make a Contribution when you've settled in.

The website for making SSL Secure Contributions is listed below. There are
a variety of payment methods including Visa and MasterCard, PayPal, and
sending a personal check.

If you enjoy and value the List, won't you make a Contribution today to
support its continued operation?

http://www.matronics.com/contributions

Thank you!
Matt Dralle
Email List Administrator




- The Matronics Pulsar-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Pulsar-List

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