10.2 important messages about Humanist

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Tue, 7 May 1996 19:30:36 -0400 (EDT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 2.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: "Christopher G. Fox" <cgfox@rci.rutgers.edu> (33)
Subject: Request from the Assistant Editor (please post)

[2] From: "Gregory J. Murphy" (37)
Subject: Humanist Subscription Database

Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 11:41:51 -0400
From: "Christopher G. Fox" <cgfox@rci.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Request from the Assistant Editor (please post)

As the summer approaches, many of you might not be checking your e-mail
regularly, might be forwarding your mail to other addresses, or might be
considering using an automated reply to indicate that you will be
unavailable for a certain period of time. Although these three situations
present few problems for personal, individual correspondance, they can be
quite a headache for listserv administration and automated e-mail
distribution. I therefore make the following requests:

1) If you will not be checking your e-mail, and you have a disk quota,
please postpone your subscription. Once your disk quota has been exceeded,
the messages we send will start being bounced back to us, and we will
eventually need to delete your subscription.

2) If you are forwarding your mail to a different address, please remember
that you will not be able to post messages or communicate with the
ListProcessor from your new address. As far as the list is concerned, you
are still subscribed at your regular address, regardless of where the mail
ends up going. Anything you send with therefore be automatically rejected.
If you would like to post a message or change your subscription parameters
in some way, you need to telnet to the account at which you are subscribed
and send mail from there.

3) If you set up your e-mail to make an automatic reply to all messages
received, we will receive that reply often a dozen or more times a week.
All such messages will appear as potential posts to Humanist, and we will
have to delete them manually. The automated reply may be useful for
individual correspondents, but it causes many problems for list
administration. If you are planning to use it, please postpone your

As always, if you have any questions about how to configure your
subscription using listproc, that information is available on the Humanist
web pages. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have if your
circumstances are not covered by the available instructions.

Best wishes for the summer,

Christopher G. Fox
Assistant Editor--HUMANIST
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities

Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 18:48:14 -0400
From: "Gregory J. Murphy" <gjmurphy@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
Subject: Humanist Subscription Database

In response to the many suggestions and complaints which we
received, the on-line Humanist subscription database has been
redesigned. The database contains contact and biographical information
for users who subscribed via the database's WWW interface. At present,
there are some 150 records in the database, representing the same number
of subscribers.

Improvements to the database engine and interface include:

- new subscribers may now choose their own password
- errors in email addresses are detected directly, before being
passed on to listproc.
- fields in the database are searched according to their type:
character, numeric, or date.
- search terms may now include most of the regular expression
characters used by grep.

Once the new database engine is in full swing, Humanist will accept
new subscriptions _only_ via the WWW. Users who wish to join but
do not have access to the web may request an email version of the
subscription form.

The new subscription mechanism may be accessed from the Humanist
homepage. We strongly encourage members who have been around longer than
the database to resubscribe with more up-to-date information.