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Eclair ACL List Mum Tips
I just wanted to pass along some tips regarding list postings.
If you access the ACL list via the Topica website, Topica indeed does
cut off email addresses to prevent spammers from harvesting our email
addresses. You should be able to just click on the email address and
Topica will direct the message to the appropriate member. You can also
click the post author's name and it will send a message directly to that
person. Keep in mind you have to be logged in for any of this to work.
If you interact with the list via your email, all email addresses and
web addresses should be coming thru intact.
This is a recurrent List Mum gripe, but it is important none the less.
Please amend the subject line of your replies to reflect the text of
your messages. That is, if you are responding directly to a posting
leave the subject line intact, but if you are adding some additional
info to your response amend the subject line accordingly. If you are
going off on an entirely different tangent then retitle the subject line
completely. Some of you are really good about doing this, some not so
good. The reason this is necessary is to keep the list archives
readable. Take for instance the Mr. Morein thread. A very interesting
and informative thread, but if someone was going back into the list
archives looking for info on proper shutter angles for a super 16 ACL
they wouldn't have any idea the info was contained in those messages.
I'm not picking on this specific thread, nor it's authors, but merely
using it as an example. It is also helpful to those readers who are
looking for specific info and don't want to read every posting. Listen
to your Mum!
For anyone looking to cut down on their inbox traffic, message digests
are the way to go. Just log into www.topica.com, click on "My Topica",
and it will show all lists that you are a member of. There should be a
drop down menu that says "Messages", "Digests", or "Web Only".
Highlight the "Digests" portion, then save it and your done. The days
postings will be grouped together into a single message sent to your
inbox once per day. Please, when replying to a message within a digest,
cut and paste only the message you are replying to. Don't leave the
entire text of the digest in your reply! That could get ugly fast. If
you are a frequent poster or an instant gratification type then I would
leave it "Messages" only. But if you are a casual reader of the ACL
List then a digest will keep your inbox from exploding. Feel free to
email me if you have any questions.
I have only heard from one person regarding ACL t-shirts. Come on folks
show your allegiance on the set. I don't require firm orders, just a
show of interest. I don't want to order the wrong amount of sizes and
colors (red or black?).
Finally I just want to say what a great bunch of people we have on this
list. I'm amazed every day at the amount of useful info posted here.
The ACL List has grown beyond my wildest expectations. Keep it up
Ray (the List Mum)
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