Questions about Boreal's Mailing Lists
The following disclaimers apply to all mail lists, and all postings to the Boreal Cafe and Classifieds:
- Mail Lists:
Boreal Access does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion,
or advice given or made by anyone using this mail list. All postings are those
of the author and you rely on such information at your own risk. In cases of willful
abuse of the policies set forth for this list, Boreal Access reserves the right to
take whatever action it determines appropriate, including termination of access
privileges and/or legal action.
- Boreal Cafe and Classifieds:
Your submission may be removed by Boreal Access at its own
discretion, for any reason. Policies will be enforced. Offensive postings will be
removed. In instances of willful abuse, Boreal Access reserves the right to take
whatever action it determines appropriate, including termination of access privileges
and legal action.
- How can I get help with a list?
- How do I subscribe or unsubscribe to a list?
- What mail lists are available?
- The lists that are now active and open to all members are:
general - information from Boreal
news - community news information
for-sale - personal items for sale
ads - commercial items for sale
discussions - forum for topics of discussion
non-profit - announcements for non-profit organizations
pcgurus - PC tech help
macheads - Mac tech help
beargrease - race information
birding - birding news and information
gtwise - Fire information for Gunflint Trail residents
These lists are described in detail in the next section.
- If you have an idea for a new list just let us know.
- You can run your own list if you want. The software will let you
maintain a list via e-mail.
A list can also be private, that is it is open only to members and its
contents are not viewable by the public.
Please contact me for more info or if you have any questions.
- Which list should I post my message to?
- general:The general list is to be used ONLY by the management for topics
relating to Boreal Access and its operation. Examples are potential down times or interruption of
services, modem info, new software or hardware that has been installed.
- news:The news list should be used for:
- upcoming events
- public announcements
- items of general community interest
The news list should not be used for:
- threads, topics for discussion or ongoing discussions - These should
be posted to the discussions list.
- political or personal opinion - Messages containing political or
personal opinion are prohibited
from the news list. You may announce political events such as rallies but may not
include political opinions in these announcements. Please use the discussions list to
post political opinions.
- public events held at your place of business - These are considered
promotional events, and should be posted to the ads list instead of the news list.
- for-sale: The for-sale list should be used to
advertise items you're selling personally. It may not be used for selling
commercial items. For the purposes of the list, commercial items are
defined as anything you or anyone else made or acquired for the purpose
of selling or renting it, or something that you're selling or renting professionally.
- ads: If you want to sell something commercially or announce a special
event hosted by your place of business, post it to ads.
- discussions: If you would like to participate
in an ongoing discussion of issues of interest, use the discussions list.
The purpose of this list is to 1) post information about the
current world, national, state, or local affairs/events, 2) ask for
information, and 3) offer topics of discussion or debate.
- non-profit: Use the non-profit list for discussions
about your non-profit organization.
- pcgurus and macheads: If you having trouble
with your new Gateway 2000 or those wonderful Packard Bells or if you've
found a neat piece of pc software you want to tell everyone about... the
list pcgurus is the place to go. The same for Mac users...try macheads.
- beargrease: The beargrease list has been very active and is being used to help
the distribution of news for the upcoming race.
- birding: The birding list has been created to share information about
birds and birding in the county, and bird sightings, as well as birding
- gtwise: The gtwise email list is for residents of the Gunflint Trail Corridor and other
Cook County locations. You do not need to be a Boreal Access member to subscribe
to this list. This list is to be used to post information concerning forest fire preparedness, mitigation, fire danger,
current fire situations. It may be used to post meeting times, schedules and information. It can also be used to discuss topics of community interest.
- Examples: Below are some example items and which list they should
be posted to:
- I'm having a garage sale: Post to for-sale (ads is ok, too)
- I'm having a sale at my store: Post to ads.
- I'm hosting a community event at my store: Post it to ads.
You may not consider it a promotional event, but the people receiving
the message will.
- I just heard about a dangerous new virus and want to make sure
everyone knows about it: If you must post this, post it to discussions. A
better idea is to forward the information to the Boreal office so they can
verify that it's not a hoax let the membership know if it's a threat.
- There's a political protest being planned: Post it to news AS LONG
AS YOU DON'T STATE ANY POLITICAL OPINION IN THE MESSAGE! If the message
contains anything other than a simple statement of what the rally is for, send
it to discussions. This is ok: "There's a rally to protest the president's
policies". This is not: "There's a rally to protest the way the president's
policies are destroying the environment and endangering our future."
- I'm building and selling crafts as a hobby: Post to
ads. (Since you're building them to sell them, even though it's a hobby
for you it's considered a commercial posting.)
- My garden overproduced this year and I want to sell the excess: Post to
for-sale and/or ads.
- I have extra space in my garden, so I use it to grow produce to sell: Post it to ads.
- Someone posted a message to news and I want to respond to it: Post it
to discussions or better yet, send your response to the individual who
posted it. Any time you respond to a message that was sent to a list it's
called a thread, and threads are limited to the discussions list.
- I'm looking for help at my place of business: Post it to ads.
- I'm selling items to benefit a registered non-profit organization:
Since this is for a non-profit organization you may post it to for-sale or ads.
- What are the guidelines for posting to a mail list?
- How do I post a message to a mail list?
- NEW! You can post messages to the news, for-sale, ads or discussions
lists by using the online form at
http://loon.boreal.org/majordomo. You'll need to enter your Boreal
user name and password to use this system.
- Or... email your message, in plain text format, to "list-name"@boreal.org. For example, to post to
the news list send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In a few minutes, your message will be sent over the list.
If you don't see your message arriving over the mail list within an hour, it probably
didn't go through. For possible reasons, see the next section.
- Be sure to follow the guidelines outlined above.
- Why aren't my messages getting posted to the list?
- Have you waited long enough? Remember, it can take up to an hour for you
to see your message come over the list. Please wait at least an hour
before assuming the message didn't go through.
- Are you a member of the list? You must be subscribed as a member of the list in order to post to it.
Click here to see how to subscribe.
- Are you sending your message from a different email address than the one you
subscribed to the list with? The message must come from the same email address you
used when you subscribed. For example, if you're sending a message from work, the
email address your work computer uses must be the one that is subscribed to the list.
- Are you sending the message in plain text format, with no attachments? Boreal's list software will reject any
message that is not in plain text or that includes an attachment. Click here
for instructions on how to send messages in plain text.
- Are you using Netscape vCards or Outlook Express Business cards? A vCard or
business card is automatically included as an attachment to all your messages, and the lists will
reject messages with attachments. To turn off vCards or Business cards:
- In Netscape Communicator: Go to the [Edit] menu and select [Preferences]. On the
left side of the screen, under "Mail and Newsgroups", click on "Identity". At
the bottom of the screen on the right is an option to "Attach my personal
card to messages". Make sure it is un-checked. If it's checked, click on it
to uncheck it, then click OK.
- In Outlook Express: Go to the [Tools] menu and select [Options]. Click on the
Compose tab. At the bottom is a section for Business Cards. Make sure Mail is
un-checked in that section. If it's checked, click on it to uncheck it, then
- How do I set up my email program to send messages in plain text?
- In Netscape Communicator:
- Click on the [Edit] menu, then click [Preferences].
- On the left side of the screen, double-click on "Mail and Newsgroups" to expand the
list of items under it. Then click on "Formatting".
- On the top right side of the screen is an area called Message Formatting. Click
"Use the plain text editor to compose messages" to select it. Click OK.
- In Netscape Mail version 6.0 or higher:
- Click on the [Edit] menu, then click [Mail and Newsgroups Account Settings].
- On the left side of the screen, click on your email address.
- On the bottom right of the screen is a line reading "Compose messages
in HTML format". If it is checked, click on it to uncheck it. Click OK.
- In Outlook Express:
- Click on the [Tools] menu, then click on [Options]. Click on the [Send] tab at the
top of the screen that comes up.
- At the bottom of the screen, under "Mail Sending Format", click on "Plain Text" to
select it. Under "News Sending Format", also click on "Plain Text". Click OK.
- Alternately, when you are composing a message, you can set just that message to
plain text by clicking the [Format] menu and then clicking [Plain text]. This will only affect
the message you are composing - it will not change your permanent settings.
- In Eudora:
- Click on the [Tools] menu, then click on [Options].
- On the left side of the screen that comes up, scroll down until you see [Styled
Text]. Click on it.
- On the right side of the screen, click "Send plain text only". Click OK.