Before sending any articles to the list, you should read and understand the Mailing list etiquette. If you comply to the simple rules here, we will all stay happy.
This mailing list is managed automagically by "Majordomo". This means that several services are provided without human (read our intervention). This includes subscribing/unsubscribing, obtaining old messages, getting a copy of the mailing list, etc.
For a complete list of services, send a message to "email@example.com"
containing the line "help". A copy has been appended at the
end of this page.
How do I subscribe or unsubscribe to this list?
It is very simple. Just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The message
should contain the line "subscribe rp-ml" or "unsubscribe rp-ml",
optionally followed by your e-mail address, eg.
"unsubscribe rp-ml me@here".
If you specify an address different from the one in your mail headers,
you may run into difficulties later if you wish to unsubscribe to the
list. Therefore it is not recommended to use the email address in your
subscription message unless it is absolutely necessary. In most cases
your mail headers will have the correct address and there's no need to
fiddle with it.
How do I send messages to this mailing list?
Again, it is very simple. Just send a message to email@example.com
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There is no moderator. Your message WILL always be forwarded to everyone on the list. Please read your message twice before submitting it.
If you send a reply to an article from the list, it will by default be
sent to the original author only. If you wish to send your reply to
the list, you must change the recipient of your message to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Most mailers have a "reply to all" or "group reply"
feature that will do this automatically.
Who is maintaining this list?
The "owner" of the list is Hannu Kaikonen <email@example.com>
The person behind all the technical details and the majordomo
installation is Seppo J Niemi <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
What other functions are available?
The majordomo software supports a number of functions. You can get a
help message describing all of them, by sending email to
email@example.com. In the body of the message there should be the
word "help". If the function you need is not described in the help
message, it cannot be done. A copy of the message is appended at the
end of this page.
How do I get to see the messages already posted?
As an additional service (i.e. it has nothing to do with the majordomo
software) the articles posted can also be accessed via World Wide Web.
Just say http://rapid.lpt.fi/archives/ to
your favourite Web browser. The digests are available by anonymous
ftp at ftp://rapid.lpt.fi/pub/rp-ml. The
ftp-server supports on-the-fly compression, so those of you behind
sloow links can append a .gz -suffix to the file name in a GET
-operation. The compression is done with gzip (the GNU compression
Once upon a time, it was felt by some that advertising on this mailing list was not appropriate.
It is NOT, unless the message is INFORMATIVE, ie. it contains information relevant to an issue being discussed, or it helps fullfill the purpose of the mailing list.
For instance, it is entirely acceptable for a RP vendor to announce a new product. We are all interested in the products the RP vendors are placing on the market. I refrain from giving more examples, and I hope common sense and tolerance prevail from those sending and receiving such messages.
When responding to a posted question, if your answer is likely to be of general interest (usually), then send the reply to the list (firstname.lastname@example.org), not just to the person asking the question. This means NOT simply using the "reply" feature in your e-mail program, which will only send the reply to the person who posted. Most mailers have a "reply to all" or "group reply" function which will accomplish this.
As the questioner, if you do receive replies directly, then it is good manners to post a summary of the responses you get, unless the sender(s) explicitly tells you otherwise. In summary, if you use this mailing list to obtain information, it is good manners to share it with others.
Circulating chain letters through the mailing list is absolutely forbidden. Chain letters should not be sent in the Internet, and many Internet Service Providers have accepted a policy of disabling accounts that are caught sending chain letters. You have been warned.
In the text below, <list> means "rp-ml" in our case, eg. to find out who is in the list, use the command (message) "who rp-ml" (without the quotes). This is the "Majordomo" mailing list manager, version 1.94.1. In the description below items contained in 's are optional. When providing the item, do not include the 's around it. Items in angle brackets, such as <address>, are meta-symbols that should be replaced by appropriate text without the angle brackets. It understands the following commands: subscribe <list> [<address>] Subscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) to the named <list>. unsubscribe <list> [<address>] Unsubscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) from the named <list>. "unsubscribe *" will remove you (or <address>) from all lists. This _may not_ work if you have subscribed using multiple addresses. get <list> <filename> Get a file related to <list>. index <list> Return an index of files you can "get" for <list>. which [<address>] Find out which lists you (or <address> if specified) are on. who <list> Find out who is on the named <list>. info <list> Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>. intro <list> Retrieve the introductory message sent to new users. Non-subscribers may not be able to retrieve this. lists Show the lists served by this Majordomo server. help Retrieve this message. end Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature). Commands should be sent in the body of an email message to "email@example.com". Multiple commands can be processed provided each occurs on a separate line. Commands in the "Subject:" line are NOT processed. If you have any questions or problems, please contact "firstname.lastname@example.org"