[reading] [posting] [moderation]
b s t r a c t
photography mailing list is a moderated
forum for amateur photographers (professionals are welcome too) with
emphasis on displaying and critiquing member work and sharing tips
u b s c r i b i n g ( j o i n i n g )
there are three methods
n s u b s c r i b i n g ( l e a v i n g )
send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
this email has to be sent from the same exact email address that was
used to subscribe to the list.
alternatively, if you are
a registered topica member, you can unsubscribe from the list by using
the topica website.
should you have trouble
getting unsubscribed using one of the methods above, send email
to me directly. please do not send unsubscribe requests
to the list!
a d i n g t h e l i s t ( a n d
l i s t a r c h i v e s)
most list members read
the amateur photography list using their email software. messages
posted to the list are delivered directly to your mailbox.
you can also review the
list archives. these archives are searcheable. it's often a good
idea to search the archives before asking a question that's been answered
before. many tips posted to the list have been summarized
if you're a registered
topica member, you can decide on whether you want email delivered
at all. some users use the
topica website to read messages like a web forum.
a third option is called
a digest. a digest is a daily summary of all messages posted to the
list. digest are a simple way to keep traffic from email lists down.
to switch to digest mode, use the topica
website (if you're registered) or let
me know, and i'll switch you over.
s t i n g a n d l i s t e t t i
q u e t t e
posting (sending a message
to the list) is simple once you've subscribed.
simply send an email to email@example.com.
make sure you use the same email address you subscribed with or your
post will be rejected as a non-member.
you can also post from
the website (if
you're registered with topica).
if you're logged in, you will see a post button when reading
keep in mind that because
this list is moderated, your message may
not appear on the list right away.
please read the following
rules of conduct and general ettiquette (and by the way, apply these
to any email lists that you belong to. your list owner will
- do not send images as
attachments. the moderator will immediately
reject these. if you wish to share your work with list members, upload
your photos to a website and send a url to the list. there are many
free websites that offer space for sharing your images. check out
zing for a good example of such
- replies should be edited
to quote (include the text of the original message) only the relevant
portions of the original poster's message.
- use meaningful subjects.
message subjects such as "help" can be really annoying.
if you are replying to a message, and the subject no longer applies,
feel free to change it to something new (a nice way to do this is
to include the old subject, for example: subject: pushing astia
[was Re: pushing velvia])
- do not send HTML or RTF
(rich text) email to this list! it makes the list almost impossible
to read using the digest format. also, many email clients still do
not support this sort of email. use plain text. (if you're a hotmail
user make sure the Rich Text Format checkbox is unchecked.
outlook express users, go to the Format menu and chose Plain Text
before sending message. etc. etc.)
- heated debates of the
nikon vs. canon variety will be rejected. this list is not a forum
for manufacturer advocacy.
- "me too" and
"i agree" style messages will be rejected.
please remember that each mail message gets distributed to several
hundred list members.
- absolutely no commercial
postings will be allowed, unless they are truly interesting to the
amateur photographer (such as a new photographic product announcement).
the moderator will use his own judgement
in deciding what constitutes such a message.
- messages that are completely
off topic, especially if having a commercial aspect, will be rejected
and the sender may be removed permanently from the list.
- do not ask for a list
of subscribers. you will not get it. also you'll immediately be on
my watch list as a potential spammer.
- do not crawl the archives
to harvest email addresses. you will be reported to your isp's abuse
- by the way, i hope you
don't see me as some sort of list nazi. i just want to make sure that
members of this list don't have to deal with crappy content. i'm not
opposed to the occasional off topic postings, especially when they're
funny (but please, add an [OT] tag to the message subject
when you do this; this is the "universal" signal that the
content of the message is Off Topic from the list's charter.)
h a t i s m o d e r a t i o n ?
moderation in the mailing
list sense means that messages posted to the list must be approved
by a human (called the moderator) before they are distributed
to all the list members. moderation allows the list signal to noise
ration to remain high and thwarts spam or huge messages with binary
the downside of moderation
is that messages don't always appear on the list immediately after
you post them. because each message must be reviewed and approved
or rejected, message posting may be delayed, sometimes by as long
as 24 hours. i am online 75% of my days (i'm a geek) so message approval
usually happens fairly quickly, but don't be surprised if there are
delays. there is no need to resend your message. if there is a rejection,
you will be notified via email.
the moderator of this list
h e r i n f o
this list was created in
january of 1999. there are approximately 300 active subscribers who
range from beginners and hobbyists to professionals of all sorts.
because it is moderated, traffic is reasonable; rarely will you see
more than 10 messages in one day. the list is hosted at topica
(learn more. surf less.). the list owner and moderator is jules