Electronic Mailing Lists
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About the ASI Mailing Lists

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Almost all electronic communications for the Artemis Project occur through a set of topic-oriented mailing lists, each list covering a different technical or functional area of the Artemis Project. In addition to the technical and functional mailing lists, a growing number of local chapters of the Artemis Society use electronic mailing lists as their primary way of communicating with each other. There is also a general discussion forum on the original "artemis-list" mailing list.

The list of lists

See our separate document for the list of mailing lists that already exist. Instructions on joining those lists are included below. Most of these mailing lists are open to all members of Artemis Society International, so you're welcome and encouraged to join the ones that interest you. If you are not already a member, join today!

Our plans for future mailing lists can be found in the Listservers for Team Communication web page.

Although any member of Artemis Society International can join most of these mailing lists, you must be a subscriber to a list to send messages to it. If you are not subscribed to a list, your message will be forwarded (bounced) to the list owner instead of being sent to the list. Your message will also bounce if you send it from a different address than the one you are subscribed to the list with. If you change e-mail addresses, you will need to unsubscribe from any list you are on and re-subscribe with your new address.

How to join a mailing list

Artemis Society Members can join many of the mailing lists using our Team Director System. Eventually, all mailing lists will migrate into this system; however, a few still require that you join manually.

The protocol for joining electronic mailing lists that haven't migrated into our Team Director System is to send a command to the listserver telling it what list you want to join. The command goes in the body of your message, and usually it doesn't matter what you put in the message subject. The machine learns your email address from the electronic mail header on your message. Leaving a mailing list works the same way, except the command you send is different.

There are exceptions to all these conventions, of course. We've noted exceptions in the list of lists, but generally the only information you need to join an electronic mailing list is the address and precise wording of the command to send. Each listserver will send a welcome message giving you more information about how to send other commands to drop off the list, change your address (if the server allows that; usually they don't), or find out who else is on the list.

Digests are an alternative

Some of these lists have a fairly high amount of traffic. If you do not want to receive mail throughout the day for one of these lists, you can subscribe to a "digest" version of the list instead. Digest lists only send out one message each day, around midnight, which contain a collection of all of the messages sent to the regular list during the previous day. The name of the digest version of a list is the same as the regular list name, but with "-digest" at the end of the name. To switch from a regular list to the digest version of that list, unsubscribe from the regular list and subscribe to the digest list.


Archives of previous messages to each list are available for most of these mailing lists. The archives are made from the digest lists.

Start by geting a list of the archives for a list. To do that, send the command "index <listname>" in an e-mail message to "", where <listname> is the name of the digest version of a list. You will receive a list of files, one for each digest that was generated from the list.

To request one or more of the archives, send the command "get <listname> <filename>" to "", where <filename> is the name of one of the files in the list you received from the index command.

If you are a member of an Artemis Society International Technical Committee or discussion group and you don't have a mailing list for your committee or group, follow the instructions in the Electronic Communication Procedure Guide to get a mailing list set up. Previous messages to most of these mailing lists will soon be available in archives that will be accessible through FTP, e-mail requests, or web pages.

The Electronic Communication Technical Committee Needs You!

To find out what's going on to implement these mailing lists and the archive capability, or to volunteer to help, check out the Listserver Mailing Lists section of the ECTC Task List.

Electronic Mailing Lists

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