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NASSR-L FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - V 1.2 (by Adam Komisaruk)

I. What's new with the NASSR-L?
II. How do I join the NASSR-L?
III. How do I leave the NASSR-L?
IV. How do I post a message to the NASSR-L?
V. Can I suspend my account without unsubscribing?
VI. Why don't my posts seem to be getting through?
VII. Why am I being told that I'm not subscribed?
VIII. What message options are available to me as a subscriber?
IX. Is there an archive of NASSR-L posts?
X. Can I search the archive?
XI. How do I contact the list moderator?
XII. What is the etiquette for the NASSR-L?

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I. What's new with the NASSR-L?

On 31 May 2002, West Virginia University, which houses the NASSR-L, moved the list off its WVNVM computer and onto a WVU computer. As a result, addresses ending with @WVNVM.WVNET.EDU are no longer functional. Although you do not need to take any action on your subscription unless you have a personal account at WVNVM, you should note the following changes:

A. The new address for posting messages to the list is: NASSR-L@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU.

B. The new address for sending commands to the list is: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU.

C. The new web address for list materials is:

http://listserv.wvu.edu/archives/nassr-l.html

Here you may use an interface to join the list, leave the list, change your account settings or browse/search the archive. Note also that you no longer need to wait until the end of the month to see new messages; the archive is current to the most recent message. You will need to specify a password the first time you use the web interface for any operation other than browsing/searching the archive.

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II. How do I join the NASSR-L?

Follow instructions at the web interface:

http://listserv.wvu.edu/archives/nassr-l.html

You may also send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU. Leave the subject line blank, and place the following text in the body of the message:

SUBSCRIBE NASSR-L Your Name

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III. How do I leave the NASSR-L?

Follow instructions at the web interface:

http://listserv.wvu.edu/archives/nassr-l.html

You may also send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU. Leave the subject line blank, and place the following text in the body of the message:

UNSUBSCRIBE [or SIGNOFF] NASSR-L

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IV. How do I post a message to the NASSR-L?

The address for the list is NASSR-L@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU. You may also use the web interface:

http://listserv.wvu.edu/archives/nassr-l.html

You may use any subject line and body text you wish. Be aware that what you post to this address will be seen by all subscribers. Do not use it for technical commands (see sections II-III, V, VIII, X) or for private correspondence.

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V. Can I suspend my account without unsubscribing?

Yes. Use the NOMAIL account to stop receiving posts (MAIL to resume). See section VIII-B for instructions.

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VI. Why don't my posts seem to be getting through?

In all likelihood they are; you may be set to NOREPRO (see section VIII).

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VII. Why am I being told that I'm not subscribed?

You are probably trying to send a message from an address other than the one at which you are subscribed. Your home server may recognize addresses as identical that the NASSR-L does not. Send a private note to the list moderator (see section XI) to resolve the situation.

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VIII. What are some of the message options available to me as a subscriber?

A. All the following commands must be sent to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU. Leave the subject line blank, and the following text in the body of the message: command NASSR-L (e.g., QUERY NASSR-L).

QUERY: Shows your current subscription settings.

REVIEW: Sends you a list of all NASSR-L subscribers, except those who have set their accounts to CONCEAL. This list will be sorted alphabetically by domain name (the part of the e-mail address that follows the @ sign). To sort by surname, use the command REVIEW NASSR-L BY NAME; to sort according to the countries in which the host computers are located, use REVIEW NASSR-L BY COUNTRY.

B. All the following commands must be sent to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU. Leave the subject line blank, and the following text in the body of the message: SET NASSR-L option (e.g., SET NASSR-L REPRO). You may also use the web interface: http://listserv.wvu.edu/archives/nassr-l.html

ACK/NOACK: Receipt and distribution of your message will be/will not be acknowledged. Default: NOACK.

CONCEAL/NOCONCEAL: Hides/Unhides your address from REVIEW command. Only list moderator has access to concealed addresses. Default: NOCONCEAL.

DIGEST/NODIGEST: You will/will not receive a digest of posts to the list at regular intervals. Default: NODIGEST.

INDEX/NOINDEX: You will/will not receive a list of subject lines from each day's posts. Default: NOINDEX.

MAIL/NOMAIL: You will/will not receive posts to the list. Default: MAIL.

REPRO/NOREPRO: You will/will not receive copies of your own posts to the list. Default: NOREPRO.

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IX. Is there an archive of NASSR-L posts?

Yes. It is sorted by month, current to the most recent message and available at:

http://listserv.wvu.edu/archives/nassr-l.html

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X. Can I search the archive?

Yes. The web archive (see section IX) includes a search interface. You may also use the following procedure:

A. Send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU with the subject line blank and the following text (case-insensitive) in the body of the message:

search YOUR TEXT HERE in nassr-l

In other words, if you wanted to find the archived messages that mentioned Tom Stoppard, your e-mail would read

search tom stoppard in nassr-l

B. After a minute or so, the server will e-mail you a list of the hits for your text. It will include the item #, date, subject line and excerpt of the relevant portion from each message. The Tom Stoppard search yields the following results (I'm cutting and pasting a bit):

Item # Date Time Recs Subject
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002844 99/12/01 17:45 46 your favorite contemporary connection
002846 99/12/01 22:05 65 Re: your favorite contemporary connection
003470 00/06/11 15:03 60 Romantic Circles - MOO Event (17/6/2000)

>>> Item #2844 (1 Dec 1999 17:45) - your favorite contemporary connection I'm thinking of this now because I'm teaching Tom Stoppard's _Arcadia_--a play I enjoy, and a play that sometimes seems written for Romanticism

>>> Item #2846 (1 Dec 1999 22:05) - Re: your favorite contemporary connection I'm thinking of this now because I'm teaching Tom Stoppard's _Arcadia_ -- a play I enjoy, and a play that sometimes seems written for Romanticism

>>> Item #3470 (11 Jun 2000 15:03) - Romantic Circles - MOO Event (17/6/2000) *Patchwork Girl* to Gibson and Sterling's novel *The Difference Engine* and Stoppard's play *Arcadia*. Paying explicit attention to the context of our activity as students and teachers of Romanticism makes visible, to quote

C. If you want to read the complete messages rather than the excerpts, send another e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVU.EDU with the subject line blank. In the body of the message, place the command GETPOST NASSR-L followed by the item #s of the posts you want. To retrieve all three Stoppard posts, your message would read:

getpost nassr-l 2844 2846 3470

The numbers of consecutive posts may be hyphenated; i.e., you could type 2900-2903 instead of 2900 2901 2902 2903. You will receive a confirmation of your request followed by an e-mail containing the full original post.

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XI. How do I contact the list moderator?

The owner and moderator is Adam Komisaruk, AKOMISAR@WVU.EDU, (304) 293-3107 x449. If he is unavailable you may contact the moderator emeritus, Avery Gaskins, AGASKINS@WVU.EDU.

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XII. What is the etiquette for the NASSR-L?

The NASSR-L is a professional discussion forum for students, teachers and researchers of Romantic literature and culture. It seeks to maintain an atmosphere of respect and restraint at all times. Accordingly, whatever your experience may be in other forums, you are asked to refrain from (1) profanity and (2) ad hominem remarks. Regardless of context or how qualified ("I didn't say YOU were stupid, I said your POST was stupid"; "So-and-so knows I'm just kidding when I call him a senile old f***"; etc.), such remarks tend to squander the intellectual value of the posts.

Whether speech on the NASSR-L (maintained at a public university) is technically protected speech is a question best left to First Amendment experts. Admonishing any poster for the content of his/her posts is a step that should be taken with trepidation. Still, NASSR-L is a dialogue, and the members by definition cannot strike a tone that renders dialogue impossible. In other words, if we all succeeded in alienating one another, the list would cease to exist. Therefore, while infractions of the sort listed above will not necessarily result in deletion from the list, the moderator must reserve that right. You will always be sent a private admonition before this last resort.

Over time, you will notice other points of NASSR-L decorum. For instance, if you have posted a query to which others have responded either publicly or privately, it is conventional to thank them publicly and by name. You may want to wait a little while, to give everyone a chance to weigh in; then, a single message should suffice.

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Last updated: 9 June 2002.