NOVA-SCOTIA MAILING LIST FAQ
Welcome! This page is intended to provide a basic description of the
Nova-Scotia Mailing List and information on subscribing and unsubscribing.
Be sure to bookmark it, as it contains the same information as the welcome message you receive when you subscribe to the list.
Basic List Commands:
1. How to post to the list. Send a message to: NOVA-SCOTIA-L@rootsweb.com
It will then be sent on to everyone in both mail and digest mode. You don't need to send it explicitly to both.
2. How to unsubscribe.
A. LIST mode: Send a message to NOVA-SCOTIA-Lemail@example.com that contains (in the body of the
message) the word:
and no additional text.
B. DIGEST mode: Send a message to NOVA-SCOTIA-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org that contains (in the body of the
message) the word:
and no additional text.
3. How to subscribe. Whatever you just did worked, or you'd not be getting this message. But for future reference (for instance, if your subscription is cancelled for whatever reason and you want to resubscribe), just send the command:
4. How to change to digest mode (several postings are combined and sent to you together as a single large message). There are two steps:
First, send the command: unsubscribe
to discontinue mail mode.
Second, send the command:
to start receiving digests.
5. How to change to NOMAIL mode. There is no formal NOMAIL mode. All you have to do is follow the directions above and unsubscribe when you want the messages to stop, and then when you want them to start again, simply subscribe again.
6. An Archive for this list, containing all previous messages, is available at:
http://archiver.rootsweb.com/. Type in: "NOVA-SCOTIA" (with no quotation marks) as the list name.
7. An FAQ Web page for this list is available at:
You are currently viewing this page. Be sure to bookmark this site in case you misplace this welcome message and need help with list commands.
About the Nova-Scotia Mailing List:
This list is a cooperative effort to unite those of us with an interest in pursuing our roots, history and culture in Nova Scotia. Our goals include sharing genealogical information with one another, promoting the collection and dissemination of genealogical information on the Internet, and hosting a friendly environment for discussion among all Nova Scotia genealogists.
This list will NOT be moderated. Messages posted to the list should normally appear within 30 minutes under normal operating conditions. Any problems regarding postings should be reported to the listowner.
This list is open to anyone with an e-mail account. It is a FREE service, sponsored by the Rootsweb Genealogical Data Cooperative at http://www.rootsweb.com and hosted by a group of individuals whose goal is to promote genealogical research in Nova Scotia. Please consider becoming a sponsor of Rootsweb so that we may all continue to have free access to genealogical data and mailing lists on the Internet. More information on contributing is available here.
General Guidelines for the Nova-Scotia Mailing List:
1. In an effort to facilitate the scanning of message headings, we ask that you include specific names, dates and places (i.e., MacDONALD, 1835, Cape Breton) in the subject line of your postings whenever possible, and surnames in CAPS within the message. However, the use of all CAPS in a message is difficult to read, so please use lower case except for surnames.
2. Personal attacks ("flames"), offensive language and discriminatory remarks will not be allowed on this list. Offenders will be given a notice if such a situation should occur, and two offenses will be cause for removal from the list. Please note that these are the only reasons that will be grounds for removal from the list. Again, this list belongs to its subscribers and will not be moderated.
3. Posting virus alerts and related chain letters to the list is a "no-no". 99.9 % of these so-called "virus alerts" are hoaxes. Let's not perpetuate the rumors. For more information on virus hoaxes, please visit: http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
4. Commercial posts of a pertinent and useful nature are allowed and encouraged, although we ask that you not post the same message more than once per month. This would include, but is not limited to, postings about obtaining books relevant to Nova Scotia research, genealogical software, or other genealogical services, societies or products.
5. This list is now temporarily a closed list. You do need to be subscribed to post at this time. We have experienced problems in "open" mode (i.e., spam or unsolicited commercial email), and should this situation improve, we may once again be able to make the list an open list.
6. Public replies, or replies to the list, are highly encouraged if you feel that your information would be pertinent to more than a few people. A public exchange of information is what the list was created for. However, some topics may arise from time to time that you may wish to continue privately with another member or members. In these cases, you can use the list to seek out those who share a common interest, and then consider taking the conversation to private email as opposed to using the list for a discussion that may only interest a few members.
7. Please do not send file attachments to the list. It could cause problems for some users. A better alternative, should you wish to share a file, would be to announce the file you have available to the list, and then send it privately to those who request it.
8. This is YOUR list! When dealing with any large group of people with varied interests, especially via an electronic medium, exercising patience and tolerance are important. Let's be kind to each other and enjoy finding our ancestors. Any problems with this list should be directed to:
Gail Edwards Edwards
Click on the link above to open your email program, then type only the word:
in the message body.
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