[UK-MOTSS] Listnames: UK-Motss <email@example.com> Listowner: Nigel Whitfield <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subscribe-via: UK-Motss Request <email@example.com> Administriva: UK-Motss Request <firstname.lastname@example.org> uk-motss ======== Frequently Asked Questions Please ensure that you read this file - it contains important information for list members This FAQ replaces the Welcome message and posting guidelines for the mailing lists. Section 1 replaces the information file for the list. You will not be sent the whole FAQ unless you subscribe to one of the lists. If you have received the whole FAQ, then you have already been added to one of the mailing lists. This FAQ covers both uk-motss and uk-motss-women. If you have any additional queries, do not post them to the list - please contact uk-motss-REQUEST@dircon.co.uk for assistance. The FAQ is divided into sections: 1) General information What is uk-motss? Who is allowed to join? How do I join? How much does it cost? How busy is the list? Will anyone know I've joined the list? SECTION 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION =============================== a) What is uk-motss? uk-motss is an electronic mailing list for the lesbian, bisexual and gay network community in the UK and Europe. It now consists of two lists - one general list, and a women-only list. It's intended as a supportive forum, and a space where people can talk about any issue that concerns them; most things discussed are obviously of relevance to the uk motss community. b) Who is allowed to join? Anyone is allowed to join the lists, but we reserve the right of refusal; for instance, we can't add you to the list if it will cost us real money to send you messages. We also won't add people using anonymous addresses, such as those available from anon.petet.fi. We will protect e-mail addresses ourselves, and do everything possible to maintain confidentiality. You don't have to be lesbian, bi or gay to join, but we will expect you to respect the feelings of the majority of list members, who are. To join uk-motss-women, you must be a woman, and you must have your own e-mail account. For instance, we can't send uk-motss-women to an account belonging to a LGB society at a university. People who persistently breach the guidelines in sections 2 and 3 of this FAQ will be removed from the list. You don't have to be in the UK or Europe, but please remember that the list has a specific focus. There are other lists for world GLB news, and so on. c) How do I join? Just send a message to uk-motss-REQUEST@dircon.co.uk telling us which list you'd like to be on (uk-motss or uk-motss-women, or both). Please let us know if you want to receive the messages in digest format or not. A digest is a collection of messages, allwrapped up in one piece of mail. Some people find that the digest makes it easier to keep uk-motss messages separate from other mail. Finally, please write in english - uk-motss-REQUEST is a real person. If you don't tell us which list you want, or whether or not you want the digest version, we'll probably ignore your message - there's simply too much mail to sort out. d) How much does it cost? We don't charge you anything to receive uk-motss, but the people who provide your e-mail connection may. If you're not sure, check with your site administrator, and ask us to send you the messages in digest format - it's a lot cheaper if you have to pay for mail. e) How busy is the list? The main list sometimes has hardly any traffic, while at other times it can reach as many as 70 to 80 messages per day. On a typical day, it's probably around 30 to 40. The are fewer messages on uk-motss-women. f) Will anyone know I've joined the list? No. The membership of the lists is not made available to anyone other than the administrators. Where information has to be transferred over the network, encryption is used wherever possible. In normal circumstances, people won't know that you are on the lists unless you post to them. Please note, however, that there are mechanisms by which system administrators can determine who is receiving mail from the list, and mistakes can occur; we do our best to minimise them. THE END ======= If you have any comments about this FAQ, or about the uk-motss lists, please contact me using the address uk-motss-REQUEST@dircon.co.uk Nigel Whitfield, List Maintainer.