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Hans de Visser



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It seems that a lot of people are having problems unsubscribing

themselves from this listserver. Information on how to do it was sent to

you in the first mail message you received from this listserver. For

those of you who have deleted that message, I’ve attached mine.

‘You may leave the list at any time by sending a “SIGNOFF OANDP-L”


to [email protected]


Hans de Visser



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Thu, 20 Nov 1997 07:31:23

Your subscription to the OANDP-L list (Orthotics and Prosthetics List)

has been accepted.

Please save this message for future reference, especially if this is the

first time you subscribe to an electronic mailing list. If you ever need

to leave the list, you will find the necessary instructions below.

Perhaps more importantly, saving a copy of this message (and of all

future subscription notices from other mailing lists) in a special mail

folder will give you instant access to the list of mailing lists that you

are subscribed to. This may prove very useful the next time you go on

vacation and need to leave the lists temporarily so as not to fill up

your mailbox while you are away! You should also save the “welcome

messages” from the list owners that you will occasionally receive after

subscribing to a new list.

To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list,

just send mail to [email protected] 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

([email protected]) 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”, [email protected] 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 OANDP-L” command

to [email protected] 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 OANDP-L 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 OANDP-L. If you send a “SET OANDP-L 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


Following instructions from the list owner, your subscription options

have been set to “MIME” rather than the usual LISTSERV defaults. For more

information about subscription options, send a “QUERY OANDP-L” command to

[email protected]

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a

list of the available archive files by sending an “INDEX OANDP-L” command

to [email protected] You can then order these files with a “GET

OANDP-L 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 OANDP-L DIGEST


Please note that it is presently possible for other people to determine

that you are signed up to the list through the use of the “REVIEW”

command, which returns the e-mail address and name of all the

subscribers. If you do not want your name to be visible, just issue a


More information on LISTSERV commands can be found in the LISTSERV

reference card, which you can retrieve by sending an “INFO REFCARD”

command to [email protected]




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