To join a list you must send the subscribe command in an e-mail to email@example.com (Remember to specify the name of the list you want to join).
You were most likely given the name of the list by someone else; the Secretary of your club or association, or anyone who thinks you might benefit from joining.
However if you have forgotten the exact name of the mail list, you can obtain the names of all mail lists hosted by VTN by sending the lists command to majordomo.
or in our previous example
firstname.lastname@example.orgMail sent to that address will automatically be picked up by majordomo and sent to each of the subscribers.
That is a good thing to remember. ANYTHING you say in a message sent to email@example.com will be read by every member of that mail list.
It is equally good practice to delete unnecessary information from replies... Forcing other list members to scroll through a 200 line message only to find a "Right ON!" comment is a poor way to make a good impression.
If you are replying to several comments/questions you can insert your response(s) below the relevant section.
After the first reply, it is best to cut out unimportant parts of the last message, and mark them with <snip> to clearly show you have removed material.
If you later realize you forgot to CC a message, you can retrieve it from your 'sent-mail' folder and forward it to the list address.
Sometimes you CC and Forward to the list only because you want a record kept, as when the list has an Archive. (This might be the case with a closed list that is used by an organization for internal correspondence.)
Any time while in mail you cannot remember a majordomo command, and don't have time to search for this tutorial, just send the following message :
To : firstname.lastname@example.org Cc : Attchmnt: Subject : ----- Message Text ----- help