Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
THE NE-RAVES MAILING LIST
Welcome to the ne-raves mailing list. Welcome to the ne-raves mailing
list. This list exists as an internet discussion list about but not
limited to: raves, techno & other music, fashion, drugs, culture, the
internet, politics, and of course: "the old days. The list geographically
covers the Northeast of North America.
The list administrator is ne-raves-admin[at]hyperreal.org
Following is a small list of answers to frequently asked questions
related to the ne-raves list administration procedures and netiquette.
Please read before you post to the list!
--- How do I get on the list?
You may Join the list by sending mail too
email@example.com The list will send you a
confirmation request, and once you reply to it a message confirming that
you are a subscriber will be sent.
Do I want the ne-raves list or the Digests Version depending on whether
you want to receive individual messages as they are posted
(ne-raves-subscribe ) or periodic 20K digests of accumulated postings
--- How do I get off the list?
You may leave the list by sending mail too
firstname.lastname@example.org The list will send you a confirmation
request, and once you reply to it a message confirming that you are a
subscriber will be sent.
Depending on whether you were subscribed to the normal
(ne-raves-unsubscribe) or digest version (ne-raves-digest-unsubscribe).
Send the mail from the same address you used to subscribe to the list.
--- How do I post a message to the list?
Send your message to email@example.com and it will be forwarded
to all the subscribers of the ne-raves list. Post to this address even if
you are on the ne-raves-digest list. Note you must be subscribed to the
ne-raves or ne-raves-digest list in order to post to it.
All messages sent to the address above will also be added to the
ne-raves-digest queue. When 20 kilobytes worth of messages accumulate in
the queue, they will all be packaged into one long message called a
digest. The digest will then be sent to all the subscribers who are on the
ne-raves-digest list. There is no need to be on both the
message-by-message list and the periodic digest list, because the content
is the same.
Please make sure you post messages to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some email software uses the wrong return address when sending replies;
you may need to edit the "To" field. If you accidentally send mail to
ne-raves-owner, it may not ever show up on the list.
And you must send only plain text, with no attachments, to the list.
Some email software such as Outlook Express or Netscape Communicator/Mail
may default to sending your mail out as "text/html" rather than
Make whatever changes are necessary to ensure that your outgoing mail
is not specially encoded. Look for a "plain text" or "7 bit" option.
Again, do not send attachments to the list.
--- Why have I been removed from the list?
If mail cannot be delivered to your email address for even a short
period of time, you may be dropped from the list without notification, and
you will have to re-subscribe using the instructions above. This is
especially true for AOL users who let their mailbox get full.
--- Other administrative & netiquette
- The ne-raves list is a very specific forum. General questions not
related to ne-raves music should be posted to other forums. Spams,
get-rich-quick schemes, commercial advertising, virus alerts, alerts and
calls-to-action of a political nature, harassment, or any other
disruptive, off-topic posts will not be tolerated.
- Before replying to all the list, think first about whether your reply is
of interest to everyone or just the person who wrote the message. Your
mail reader (such as PINE) will usually ask you if you want to "Reply to
all recipients"; by answering "No", your mail will be sent to the original
sender of the message only.
- If you're answering a question then it's a good idea to check the
rest of your mail first to see if it's been answered by somebody else
- Personal advertising is acceptable as long as it's for things that
are related to the list, such as secondhand records. However, if you've
got a long list of items then it's better to just post a short note asking
people to mail you for the full list.
- Do trim excess quoted material from replies. There is never any need
to quote someone else's entire message in your reply. Digest subscribers
need to be especially careful to not accidentally attach large segments of
the previous digest to their replies, and to edit the Subject line.
- Big signatures at the bottom of messages waste space and soon get
irritating. 3-4 lines is ideal.
- If you've posted a message once and got no response then don't keep
on posting again and again hoping that you'll get an answer. The lack of
response usually means that nobody can help.
- Writing ALL IN CAPITALS is considered by people to be the same as
shouting. Writing in lower case is much friendlier.
- If someone has posted a message that is clearly in violation of
netiquette, simply ignore the message, and please DON'T flame this person
to all the list, since this will only result in more off topic posts.
- If you've just joined the list, it's probably a good idea to monitor
the discussions for a while before posting anything yourself.
--- Where is the ne-raves list web pages?
Here you'll find the archives, FAQ, and other things.
The ne-raves list is archived at
--- What have I missed?
The NE-Raves Discussion Group was founded by John Adams in the Spring of
1992 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
. After some problems there, including some long
term crashes, DanFREElove took the initiative to search for a more stable
home. After a brief stint at either Stanford or the Hyperreal domain (no
one seems to recall which), it was moved to the University of Maryland
in 1993, and DanFREElove became the list
administrator. It stayed there until 31 Dec 1995, when it moved again to
a space donated by Software Tool and Die (just in
case you were wondering what the STD part of the address stood for). Here
ne-raves stayed until 2001 when it moved to neraves.org for a short life
before the list and domain died. In 2003, the current administrator
Skinner moved the list back to the portal Hyperreal where the list
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