ReproNetwork Listserv Info

LISTSERVE COMMUNITY

Instructions on how to use the Listserv: 

To send  a message to  all the people  currently subscribed to  the list,just send  mail to REPRONETWORK@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU. This  is called “sending mail to the list,” because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV  makes copies  for  all  the people  who  have subscribed.  This address (REPRONETWORK@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU) is  also called the “list address.” You must never  try to send any command to  that address, as it would be distributed to all the  people who have subscribed. All commands must be sent to the “LISTSERV address,” LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU. It is very important to understand the difference between  the two, but  fortunately it is not  complicated.

The LISTSERV address  is like a  FAX number that  connects you to  a machine, whereas the list address is like a  normal voice line connecting you to a person. If you make a mistake and  dial the FAX number when you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you  will quickly realize that you used the wrong number and call again. No harm will have been done. If on the other hand you accidentally make your FAX call someone’s voice line, the person receiving the  call will be  inconvenienced, especially if your  FAX then re-dials  every 5  minutes. The  fact  that most  people will  eventually connect the FAX machine to the voice  line to allow the FAX to go through and make the  calls stop does not  mean that you should  continue to send FAXes to  the voice number.  People would just get  mad at you.  It works pretty much the same way with mailing lists, with the difference that you are  calling hundreds  or  thousands  of people  at  the  same time,  and consequently  you  can  expect a  lot  of  people  to  get upset  if  you consistently send commands to the list address.

You may  leave the list at  any time by sending  a “SIGNOFF REPRONETWORK” command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU. You  can also tell LISTSERV how you want it to confirm the  receipt of messages you send to the list. If you do  not trust the system, send a  “SET REPRONETWORK REPRO” command and LISTSERV will send  you a copy of your own messages,  so that you can see that the message was distributed and  did not get damaged on the way. After a while  you may find that this is  getting annoying, especially if your mail program does not tell you  that the message is from you when it informs you  that new mail has  arrived from REPRONETWORK. If  you send a “SET REPRONETWORK  ACK NOREPRO” command,  LISTSERV will mail you  a short acknowledgement  instead,  which  will  look different  in  your  mailbox directory. With most mail programs you will know immediately that this is an  acknowledgement  you  can  read  later. Finally,  you  can  turn  off acknowledgements completely with “SET REPRONETWORK NOACK NOREPRO”.

Following  instructions from  the list  owner, your  subscription options have been set  to “REPRO SUBJECTHDR MIME” rather than  the usual LISTSERV defaults. For more information about  subscription options, send a “QUERY REPRONETWORK” command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU.

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a list of  the available archive  files by sending an  “INDEX REPRONETWORK” command to  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU. You  can then  order these files  with a  “GET REPRONETWORK  LOGxxxx” command,  or using  LISTSERV’s database  search facilities.  Send an  “INFO DATABASE”  command for  more information on the latter. This  list is  available  in digest  form.  If you  wish  to receive  the digested version  of the postings,  just issue a SET  REPRONETWORK DIGEST command. 
More  information on  LISTSERV  commands  can be  found  in the  LISTSERV reference  card, which  you can  retrieve  by sending  an “INFO  REFCARD” command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU.

Published by Christine Morton

Christine H. Morton, PhD is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on women’s reproductive experiences and maternity care roles. Since 2008, she has been at Stanford University’s California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, where she conducts research on maternal mortality and morbidity.

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