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WA-SKGS-L Mailing List

The list owner is South King County Genealogical Society, SKCGS.
RootsWeb is the host for the mailing list.

  1. PURPOSE
  2. QUICK INSTRUCTIONS
  3. TWO VERSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM
  4. REPLYING TO MESSAGES ON THE MAILING LIST
  5. TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAILING LIST SUCCESS
  1. PURPOSE

    The mailing list is a forum where members of the South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS) and others with an interest in the Society, can discuss the efforts of the Society. It's a great way to keep up with what's going on in your Society!
    It's informational, deals with society-related issues and can address general research questions that may be of interest to you.
    Members ask and answer questions and give feedback on Society issues that you also may be interested in! The list is open to all those who have an interest in the Society, including announcements, conference and meeting schedules, membership questions, etc. General questions ARE suitable on this list; specific ancestry, family and research queries should be directed to the appropriate forums elsewhere on the web.

  2. QUICK INSTRUCTIONS
    1. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to:
      WA-SKGS-L-request@rootsweb.com
      (for individual messages)
      WA-SKGS-D-request@rootsweb.com
      (for a digest of multiple messages)
      In the subject & body include only one word: subscribe
      (Turn OFF your signature file when sending this command)
    2. To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to:
      WA-SKGS-L-request@rootsweb.com
      (for individual messages)
      WA-SKGS-D-request@rootsweb.com
      (for a digest of multiple messages)
      In the subject & body include only one word: unsubscribe
      (Turn OFF your signature file when sending this command)
    3. To post messages to everyone on the list:
      WA-SKGS-L@rootsweb.com
    4. Archives. You can search the archives for a specific message or browse them, going from one message to another.
      Search the WA-SKGS archives
      Browse the WA-SKGS archives

  3. TWO VERSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

    WA-SKGS-L is for individual messages to be delivered to your e-mail address. As each subscriber to the list sends messages to the list address, you will receive a copy of the message. To subscribe send an e-mail message to: WA-SKGS-L-request@rootsweb.com with one word in the subject & body of the message: subscribe

    WA-SKGS-D is for a digest of several accumulated messages to be delivered to your email address. As each subscriber to the list sends messages to the list address, they are put into a digest to be delivered later. The digest is generated approximately once a day and delivered to digest subscribers. This option is handy for people who don't want multiple messages to accumulate in their mail box. To subscribe send an email message to: WA-SKGS-D-request@rootsweb.com with one word in the subject & body of the message: subscribe

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  4. REPLYING TO MESSAGES ON THE MAILING LIST:

    When sending replies to messages you see on the list, you have two options:

    1. You can hit the reply button on your e-mail program and reply to the entire mailing list which allows everyone to carry on in an ongoing conversation about the topic. This is a great way to make the exchange of information and ideas as easy as possible and uses the mailing list to its full potential!
    2. You can reply directly to the sender of the original message by opening a new e-mail message and typing in the e-mail address that was shown in their original post. This allows you to communicate privately with one another.

  5. TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAILING LIST SUCCESS:

    The following is from an article that Cyndi, http://www.cyndislist.com/, posted to ROOTS-L in the spring of 1996. These points can be applied to any mailing list you join.

    • Always read the welcome message, the guidelines and the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that are written for each mailing list. Be sure that you adhere to the list's guidelines and rules in all of your postings. Certain mailing lists have very rigid structures. Save a copy of the welcome message for future reference.

    • Always 'lurk' for a few days before you begin posting your own messages. Familiarizing yourself with the practices of a mailing list can help you learn about accepted participation and save you from being 'flamed'.

    • Be sure your messages are clear and concise. Follow a format such as the following and you will be successful in conveying your meaning:

    1. Clear, concise subject lines.
      example: SKCGS Legacy Users Group Meeting
    2. Describe what you already know.
    3. Describe what it is that you want to find out.

    • Be careful when composing your e-mail messages to be sure that your meaning is clear:

    1. Always use proper punctuation & capitalization.
    2. Be sure to proofread your message before you send it, to check for spelling and to be sure you have made your meaning clear.
    3. Don't abbreviate or use slang terminology. Remember that your audience may be in another city, state, region or country.
    4. The safest communication is to be sure not to assume anything about your audience.
    5. Always be courteous.

    • When replying to an individual, always be sure that you have copied their e-mail address EXACTLY as it appeared in their original posting. Use your mouse to highlight the address then Edit, Copy & Edit, Paste into the new message for fool-proof e-mail addresses.

    • To quickly search a posting from a mailing list, use your e-mail program's 'Find' feature. In most programs, it will be under Edit, Find. Type in a keyword or phrase and Enter. For example, you can use this technique for finding specific surnames, topics or localities. In the instance where you receive your subscription in digest format, the Find feature will first find a keyword in the index, then to find the specific message within the digest just choose Edit, Find, Find Again.

    • If you are busy or in a hurry, read the subject lines of the messages first. If they don't interest you, you can always use the delete feature. This is why clear subject lines can be so important. If you receive your mailing list postings in digest form, scan the index at the top of the digest if there is one.

    • When someone has sent you a reply to something that you posted on a mailing list, be sure to send them a thank you e-mail message. Even a short, one or two sentence reply is better than no reply at all. If you are busy and intend to reply in detail on a later date, just drop the person a quick e-mail telling them what your intentions are.

    HELPFUL WEB SITES FOR MAILING LISTS:

    Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Mailing Lists & Newsgroups
    http://www.cyndislist.com/mailing.htm

    User Mailing Lists Hosted by RootsWeb
    http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

    RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

    How to Subscribe to RootsWeb
    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/rootsweb/how-to-subscribe.html

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