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"Connect" Discussion List Q & A

Click on each question for more information. If you know how to work a listserve control panel, and are simply looking for access, go to LISTSERVE Settings.

Q. How does the CONNECT e-mail discussion List work?
Answer

When you register on this website and choose "yes" for joining the email discussion List (or if you previously were on the List), your name and email address are manually entered into an online database. The CONNECT List is hosted on the NPOgroups server, a non-profit hosting service.

The CONNECT List address is CONNECT@LISTS.WOMENPLAYWRIGHTS.ORG, and the messages you recieve will come from that address, and once registered, that is the address you will send messages to as well.

The LISTSERV computer receives the emails sent by subscribers and forwards a copy of each message to everyone whose name and address is subscribed to the list. The LISTSERV which handles CONNECT emails has its own administrative address:  sympa@lists.womenplaywrights.org

Another way of understanding the difference between the CONNECT List address and the sympa@lists.womenplaywrights.org address is to think of the CONNECT List address as a room full of playwrights eagerly awaiting your messages about playwriting.

The LISTSERV however, is a computer which will only do what it's told to do (when you send COMMANDS to it) and it isn't the slightest bit interested in messages about playwriting or any other topic that interests real people.

A mail worker just sorts and delivers the mail: he or she doesn't read it in transit and is only interested in any delivery instructions, like First Class, Second Class, Express, Return to Sender, Forwarding Address, Air Mail etc.

These delivery instructions are like Listserv Commands. LISTSERV is like a mail worker and just wants to know "What do you want done with your mail?"

And that's where your Account Settings come in....

Account settings Each subscriber has their own account, where their Settings are stored. These settings affect the way a subscriber receives List mail. Each subscriber can change their account settings anytime they like, as can the List Owner or List Administrator.

Changing Account Settings:

There are 2 methods of changing your account settings.

Method 1. Using a password and web control panel, which you access through your internet web browser programme (Internet Explorer. Firefox, Opera etc.) Very simple to use, but more time-consuming than Method 2.

Method 2. Using email Commands sent to the sympa@lists.womenplaywrights.org computer. Very fast, but you need to type the commands in an exact format and send the commands to the correct email address - commands need to be sent to the sympa@lists.womenplaywrights.org address, not to the CONNECT List address.

Q. Going NoMail - How do I set my List account to stop mail temporarily?
Answer

There are 2 ways to set your account to NoMail:

* Using your web browser go to http://lists.womenplaywrights.org/lists/info/connect. Use the box at top right to log in with your email address and password.
(if you forgot your password click "Request Password" and enter your email address in the box provided).
Once you have accessed your own account Control Panel, click "connect" under Your Groups.
Now click Subscriber Options.   Next to "Receiving Mode" clikc the arrow to show all the options.
Select nomail and click the Update button.
TO RECEIVE MAIL AGAIN - repeat the steps above and select "standard" for individual message delivery, or Digest, or whatever mode you prefer.

* Using email commands sent to the LISTSERV computer. Email commands need to be exact. Copy and paste any of the commands on this page into your email message. Send the message which appears between the dotted lines to sympa@lists.womenplaywrights.org

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SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org>|* NOMAIL

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Don't add anything in the message area. Put only a single space in the Subject Line Turn off Signatures, if you normally use them.

Check that you are sending the email to  sympa@lists.womenplaywrights.org Then "send". LISTSERV knows who you are from your List email address and will send you an email by return, acknowledging that it has received your command. Until you receive the LISTSERV acknowledgement email, it isn't safe to assume your command has been carried out.

To begin receiving List email again, repeat the steps above, but send this command instead

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  SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org>|* MAIL

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Other email commands are explained below.

Q. How do I get a List password?
Answer

To retreive or change a password, go to: http://lists.womenplaywrights.org/lists/info/connect
It is on a different website and will open in a new window.

If you have forgotten your CONNECT password (different from this website),
you can get it emailed to you by clicking Request Password, under the login box.
The system will send you a password by email.
You can change that password to something easier to remember after you log in by clicking on Preferences.
Enter a new password and click Submit.
PLEASE NOTE: List administrators and Moderators cannot retreive your password for you.

Q. What is the web browser control panel, and how do I access it
Answer

A. The link below will give you direct access to the login page for your personal List account settings.
Once logged in:
You just click Preferences, or Subscriber Options to change your settings.
Very simple to use, if you have claimed your password. 
This link will take you to the page to access the Control Panel:  log in to change your own settings.
http://lists.womenplaywrights.org/lists/info/connect

Q. How do I access the List Archives?
Answer

A.  The archives are available from your personal Control Panel. 
First you need a password (see above).
Once you have a password, Log In and click "connect" under the login box.
Click the word Archives (in bold) in the left hand column.

http://lists.womenplaywrights.org/lists/info/connect

Q. What email commands can I send to the LISTSERV to change my mail settings?
Answer

A. DIGEST - two forms

*To receive all of each day's messages in one long message per day, rather than individual messages as they are processed by the Listserv (Digest) (Instead of receiving individual mail messages from the list, the subscriber will periodically receive batched messages in a Digest. This Digest compiles a group of messages from the list, using the multipart/digest MIME format. )

SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org>|* DIGEST

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*To receive all of each day's messages in one long message per day, rather than individual messages as they are processed by the Listserv (HTML Digest). (Similar to the Digest option in that the subscriber will periodically receive batched messages in a Digest. With DigestPlain the Digest is sent in a plain text format, with all attachments stripped out. DigestPlain is useful if your email software doesn't display multipart/digest format messages well.

SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org|*> DIGESTPLAIN

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SUMMARY

* Receiving the message index only. Instead of receiving individual mail messages from the list, the subscriber will periodically receive a list of messages. This mode is very close to the Digest reception mode but the subscriber receives only the list of messages.

SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org>|* SUMMARY        * Receiving the message index only

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STANDARD MAIL

*To receive individual messages as they are processed by the Listserv (MAIL)

SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org>|* MAIL

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 NOTICE

* Receiving message subject only

SET <connect@lists.womenplaywrights.org>|* NOTICE

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*Remember the Commands are sent to SYMPA@LISTS.WOMENPLAYWRIGHTS.ORG NOT the ICWP-L List CONNECT@LISTS.WOMENPLAYWRIGHTS.ORG

Other mail reception options are available in your personal control panel. For an explanation of how each reception mode works, click the HELP button next to the Mail reception box in Subscriber Options

Q. How do I leave the LISTSERV permanently?
Answer

A.  There are 2 ways to leave the LISTSERV permanently. You may do this at any time, with or without leaving ICWP membership via this website.

* Using the web browser control panel.

Once you have accessed your own List account Control Panel, click on the "Unsubscribe" link.

To use the web browser control panel you first need to obtain your List password.

* Using email commands sent to the LISTSERV computer. Email commands need to be exact.

You can copy and paste any of the commands on this page into your email message.
Send the message between the dotted lines to SYMPA@LISTS.WOMENPLAYWRIGHTS.ORG

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UNSubscribe * <EMAIL>       * To quit all lists.

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Don't add anything in the message area. Put only a single space in the Subject Line Turn off Signatures, if you normally use them.

Check that you are sending the email to SYMPA@LISTS.WOMENPLAYWRIGHTS.ORG Then "send".

LISTSERV knows who you are from your List email address and will send you an email by return, acknowledging that it has received your command. Until you receive the LISTSERV confirmation email, it isn't safe to assume your command has been carried out.

If all else fails and you are still receiving the LISTSERV, email the List Administrator.

Q. My messages are coming out symbols. How can I send Plain Text messages
to the List?

Answer

A. E-mail clients are all different.  If you don't format the text in your message in any way (with bold, font, size, underline or colors) then the message will most likley be sent as Plain Text.   If you're having symbols or strange breaks, search the settings and the menu defaults for "make plain text" or "format" (deselect HTML) "remove formatting." The safest format to use internationally is UTF-8, if you have a choice.

B. NEVER copy and paste text from a Microsoft Word document. The text contains huge amounts of background coding you cn't see, but wil be interpreted by the LiSTSERV system and turned into symbols.

If you still need additional assistance, email the List Administrator.

 
 

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