ExCS Mailing List

Intended Audience

Members of ExCS, ex-members of CUCC, and current members of CUCC (but note it's not meant to be a general CUCC list). Subscription isn't currently restricted, but I reserve the right to throw people off, especially those with no clear connection to ExCS or CUCC.

I'd love to receive more mail, how can I join the mailing list?

The old excs-notices list never really caught on, so has now been discontinued. The discussion list isn't very busy, and you can choose to receive a digest version - this means that instead of getting lots of individual messages, you'll get at most one message per day which contains several messages within it (actually, there's a size threshold in the list software, so if the list is very busy you may occasionally get 2 or more digests per day).

You can choose a text or MIME version of the digest. If you have clever mail software, the MIME version may present it to you as a collection of messages in some nice way. If not, you may prefer the text version (which is the default).

You can join the list via the web.

If you don't have web access you can join and leave the list just by sending e-mail (for example, you might want to tell a friend with e-mail but no web access how to join). For instructions, send a message with help in the subject to listname-request@survex.com (replacing listname with excs).

Help, my mailbox is too full! How do I stop this flood of mail?

If you're interested in staying in touch, but just feel you're getting too many messages, you might want to consider switching to the digest version - to do this, visit the list webpage and click on the "digest" checkbox.

Or if you'd prefer to unsubscribe entirely, again use the methods described above.

I've not heard anything from the list, have I been unsubscribed?

You might have been. If the list server gets bounced mail from more than a week or so, it'll remove you. Mail can bounce for many reasons, but common ones are lack of disk space in your home directory or on your mail server, and prolonged service outages. If you have a dial-up account, mail is sometimes bounced if you don't connect for a long time.

Or it could just be quiet at the moment.

Do not mail the list to ask - it's a waste of everyone's time, and of bandwidth. The best approach is to try to subscribe as described above. This will tell you if you're already on or resubscribe you if you aren't.

I'm moving to a new job/university...

Then unsubscribe from the old address as described above. Then subscribe from the new address (assuming you have a new address of course). It's better to unsubscribe before leaving if you can - it saves the list from having to send lots of messages which will never get read.

You'll also want to change your details on the on-line address list.

Any cool ExCS-related web pages?

Chas Butcher's ExCS address list now resides on this server and updates and additions can be submitted using a web form. You'll need to give a login name and password to access the address list - you can find the details in a previous paper ExCS newsletter. In case you've lost them all, neither contains capital letters and the password is a "magnificent, classic pot with fine situations", 7 letters.

The Web site is password-protected for a reason, so please treat the password, and the contents of the site, with respect. We don't like junk mail! That's enough for now.


Last updated: 2012-10-10 08:13