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Mailing List FAQ

This page was last updated Saturday, 9-Feb-2005 21:21:43 MST.

What is a Mailing List?
 A Mailing List is a diverse group of people (subscribers) who unite (subscribe) to discuss a particular topic.  The subscribers could be from any part of the world.
Who runs a Mailing List?
Mailing Lists are run by a "Listowner".  He/she is the person solely responsible for making the rules of the list.
I've heard the name Maiser associated with genealogy mailing lists, what is Maiser?
The Maiser Genealogy Mailing Lists were one of the premier mailing lists years ago.  The lists were "destroyed" by spammers and misuse.  Due to this, the person who handled the lists closed them down.  The remnants were picked up by RootsWeb and combined with their mailing lists to form what is now known as The RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative, The Internet's Oldest and Largest Genealogy Site.  Because of what happened to the Maiser lists it is important that all subscribers follow the guidelines.
What is NJMIDDLE-L?
 NJMIDDLE-L is the List Mode for the Middlesex County, New Jersey Mailing List.  When you  subscribe to the List Mode, you will receive every post to the list as an individual post.
How do I subscribe to the list mode?
 You subscribe by sending an email to the following address:
NJMIDDLE-L-request@Rootsweb.com
Please leave the subject line blank, put only the word "subscribe" in the body of the email and no signatures.  You can only subscribe to the list from the email address that you wish to receive the mail. If you have subscribed successfully you will receive a COMPUTER generated message acknowledging the action, please read the message in full.
I've tried to subscribe, but I'm not receiving any list mail, what do I do?
 When you successfully subscribe you will receive a COMPUTER generated message.  If you do not receive that message or you do and after a few days you have received no mail from the list, please send an email to the following address stating the problem:
pmount@fnr.umass.edu
Please DO NOT send email to the list as a test or asking if you are subscribed.  Send ALL service questions, comments, criticisms, etc. to the above address.
How do I unsubscribe from the list mode?
 You unsubscribe by sending an email to the following address:
NJMIDDLE-L-request@Rootsweb.com
Please leave the subject line blank, put only the word "unsubscribe" in the body of the email and no signatures.  You can only unsubscribe from the list from the email address that you receive the mail.  You CANNOT unsubscribe by replying to list mail.  When you successfully unsubscribe you will receive a COMPUTER generated message acknowledging the action. 
I've tried to unsubscribe, but I'm still receiving mail, what do I do?
 When you successfully unsubscribe you will receive a COMPUTER generated message telling you that you are unsubscribed.  If you do not receive this message or you do receive it and still receive mail please wait a few days, sometimes an ISP has a backlog of messages queued.  If you still receive mail then send an email to the following address stating the problem:
pmount@nre.umass.edu
If this is an emergency situation then please immediately send email to the above address.  DO NOT send email to the mailing list stating your problem. 
Is advertising allowed on the Mailing List?
Any type of advertising without the consent of the listowner, where money is exchanged, is against ROOTSWEB policy and is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  Violators will be immediately put on the REJECT LIST. The AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) is on-line at Rootsweb. Please make yourself familiar with its contents. If in doubt about an activity or product you want to announce, please check with me in advance. Professional researchers/genealogists who have registered with me, DO have permission to post their services on the mail list at suitable intervals and with no mention on-line of the fees. They are expected to answer questions on list just as any other subscriber.
How do I post a message to the list mode?
 A message is posted to the list mode by addressing your email to the following address
NJMIDDLE-L@rootsweb.com  Please notice that you DO NOT use the "Request" address.  Please make sure to read the questions below about appropriate and inappropriate messages.
How do I reply to a message from the list mode?
 NJMIDDLE-L is set up so that your replies go to the person who posted the message and not back to the NJMIDDLE-L mailing list.  To reply to the person who posted the message simply click on  "reply" in your mail software.  Remember to "cut" all useless information from the quoted parts of your reply.   If your answer is of general interest, then "CC" the mailing list using the following address:
NJMIDDLE-L@rootsweb.com
Please note that because the list is archived we don't need pages full of "thanks for the info" posts to the list. Remember to thank your respondent privately. Please DO NOT "CC" personal messages to the mailing list.
What is NJMIDDLE-D?
 NJMIDDLE-D is the digest mode of the Middlesex County Mailing List.  When you subscribe to the digest mode you will receive a single email that includes the individual emails sent to the NJMIDDLE-L mailing list.  This digest email will come either once a day (providing there was a post to the list) or when the digest message character limit is reached (whichever comes first).
How do I subscribe to the digest mode?
 You subscribe by sending an email to the following address:
NJMIDDLE-D-request@Rootsweb.com
Please leave the subject line blank, put only the word "subscribe" in the body of the email and no signatures.  You can only subscribe to the list from the email address that you wish to receive the mail. If you have subscribed successfully you will receive a COMPUTER generated message acknowledging the action, please read the message in full.
How do I unsubscribe from the digest mode?
 You unsubscribe by sending an email to the following address:
NJMIDDLE-D-request@Rootsweb.com
Please leave the subject line blank, put only the word "unsubscribe" in the body of the email and no signatures.  You can only unsubscribe from the list from the email address that you receive the mail.  You CANNOT unsubscribe by replying to list mail.  When you successfully unsubscribe you will receive a COMPUTER generated message acknowledging the action. 
How do I post a message when I'm in the digest mode?
 A message is posted by those subscribers in the digest mode by addressing your email to the following address:
NJMIDDLE-L@rootsweb.com 
Please notice that you DO NOT use the "Request" address or the NJMIDDLE-D address.  Please make sure to read the questions below about appropriate and inappropriate messages.
How do I reply to a message when I'm in the digest mode?
 When you hit the reply button on your email software to reply to a message in the NJMIDDLE-D mode, the mail is automatically sent to the NJMIDDLE-L list.  Because of this, you have to manually remove the NJMIDDLE-L address and insert the address of the person you wish the message to go to.  If your message has general information and you wish it to go to the mailing list then you have to insert the address of the person who asked the question into the "CC" line.  Please remember to "cut" all parts of the digest message out (other messages in the digest) that don't pertain to what you are answering. 
I can't figure out a subscribers name, I only see their email address?
 All subscribers should have their real names somewhere in their post.  If your email software doesn't support a real name and an email address in the "FROM" line please sign the bottom of your post with your real name.  It would also help the person responding to your email if you listed at least the state you're from, if not the town.
What are appropriate subjects for the mailing list?
 Genealogy/History questions and information pertaining to Middlesex County only!
What are inappropriate subjects for the mailing list?
 Everything else (see above question).  This list is not the place for jokes, recipes, warnings about computer viruses, idle chit-chat, me too replies, etc.  There are very important reasons for this so please abide by this rule.  Those who don't are subject to removal from the mailing list.  Please, DO NOT reply to any inappropriate subjects.
ANNOUNCEMENT POLICY
The announcement must be for a non-profit organization promoting a Genealogical event or historical event.  It must be specifically aimed at the Middlesex County Genealogist.  It must contain the following information:
 Name of Organization
 Address of Organization
 Phone number of Organization
 Location of Event
 Purpose (including date, time and topics)
 Name of Contact person
 Email address of Contact person
 Fee, if any

MOST IMPORTANTLY - the announcement for the event should not be directly posted to the mailing list.  It must be sent to me, as list administrator, for approval.  When approved the submitter may then post the announcement  to the mailing list.   

Are Rollcalls allowed on this list?
 NO.  Everyone should post their surnames to the list periodically. However, the post should be more than just a list of surnames. Remember - Who, What, When and Where when sending those names to the list. NEVER use Roll Call as a subject line. Always include a name, date and place if known. All new subscribers should read this FAQ first plus learn about the Middlesex County Message Boards at Rootsweb.
What is the difference between an open mailing list and a closed mailing list?
 An open mailing list allows non subscribers to send email to the list but it does not allow them to receive list mail.  A reply must be sent to the individual.  A closed list does not allow non subscribers to post.  Only subscribers can post to a closed mailing list.
Is NJMIDDLE a closed or open mailing list?
 At this time it is a closed mailing list, as is every RootsWeb Mailing List.  Non subscribers cannot post to the list.
I've just received spam from the mailing list, what do I do?
 Once you recognize it as spam, don't read any further, just delete it and get on with your life, that's all you do, even if the spam is the most rude, insulting piece of garbage you ever read. 
Can I send attachments to the list?
 No attachments of any kind are allowed to be sent to the mailing list.  This includes Vcards and the like.
When I get my messages back from the list there's allot of mumbo jumbo about HTML coming before my actual message.  I didn't put that there, what is it?
 The mailing lists do not allow HTML coding in messages.  This is because some email programs can't handle it and the message then becomes unreadable.  Also the extra coding puts an unnecessary burden on the Rootsweb servers.  To configure your email software so you don't use HTML go to the following address:
http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/listowners/html-off.htm
I didn't like the tone of a message, what should I do?
 Send a personal message to the person sending and/or send a personal message to the listowner.  DO NOT send any messages to the mailing list.  No flames are allowed.
I have a suggestion, complaint, compliment.  How do I handle that?
 Send a personal message to the listowner. DO NOT send the message to the mailing list.
I asked a question and someone answered me, what should I do?
Thank them, but do it through a personal email, not to the mailing list.  If you only get one reply, thank them.  If you're fortunate to get multiple replies, thank each person.  It doesn't take much time to hit the reply button for each answer you get.  The worst thing that you can do is ask questions and never thank anyone.  You will find that your sources dry up real soon.  Please remember never send a thank you to the list always use personal email. 
I've noticed that sometimes the Subject line does not correspond with the content of the email.  What causes this?
When people reply to a message their email software automatically places the old Subject line into the reply.  When replies are made to replies sometimes the content of the email changes.  When this happens you must manually change the Subject line to reflect the new content.  If you don't, than those people who were not interested in the old Subject, will delete the message without reading it and you will miss an opportunity to reach the entire mailing list with your question.
Can I type my messages in all Caps?
No, typing in all capital letters is considered shouting on mailing lists (with the exception of surnames).  Please type normally using capital and small letters.
How do I post my surnames in a message?
When posting surnames in a message use all capitol letters for the surname.  This applies to the subject line as well as the body of the message. 
Are these lists archived?
Yes, you can search the archives of this and all other RootsWeb Mailing lists by going to the following address: http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl
For this list, use "NJMIDDLE-L" for the name of list.

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