From the "Welcome to PPC603" email sent to new
Welcome to the Macintosh PowerPC 603 Mailing List. This
list exists for users to discuss issues unique to their PPC
603 machines. Many Performa models, for example, contain
unique features not found in other flavors of Apple
architecture. Discussion about the software and hardware
impacts of these types of differences is what this list is
This mailing list is NOT...
A list for general Macintosh help ***
A bully pulpit to organize lawsuits, etc. against
Apple or anyone else
The Performa Problems & Solutions (Web Page)
Mailing List (although that page's owner is very involved
in this list)
A loudspeaker to Apple Computer, Inc. Yes, certain
Apple employees happen to subscribe to this list, but it
is voluntary on their part.
II. Mailing List Administrivia.
To unsubscribe: send email to email@example.com
with the message SIGNOFF PPC603 in the message body. Do not send to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send to
email@example.com. Do not send any
listserv command(s) anywhere but firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be emailed a confirmation request, to make sure
you are you, and that you are sure you want to leave.
Simply reply to that message with "ok" (w/o quotes) as
the sole word in the message body, and the command will
When you first sign on, you get messages
individually, as they are posted. For some people, this
volume becomes too heavy. If this is the case, the DIGEST
MODE allows for one single posting to arrive in your
mailbox covering all the posts of the day, relieving the
mail load. To switch to the DIGEST MODE, write SET PPC603 DIGEST in the message body to email@example.com. If you
want to go back to the individual delivery schedule,
substitute NODIGEST for DIGEST.
The default setting when signing on is for your posts
not to come back to you. This is usually because you have
your own copy of the sent message, and seeing your own
post doesn't do you any good, so why waste bandwidth? But
for some people, seeing their own post is a comfort,
knowing that it got through. To change this behavior,
write (all commands, of course, to firstname.lastname@example.org): SET PPC603 ACK to get a small acknowledgment that your post went through
ok, or SET PPC603 REPRO to get your post back in its entirety. The commands "SET
PPC603 NOACK" and "SET PPC603 NOREPRO" reverse this
Sometimes the listserver may tell you that you aren't
subscribed when issuing one of the above commands.
Obviously you are subscribed, but the problem is that
your email address has changed completely (from ISP to
another, but you are getting your mail forwarded), or in
a way you didn't suspect - email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org may both be valid email addresses for you,
but to the listserv software, they are two different
hosts. To see what the problem is, send the command SCAN PPC603 matchstring to email@example.com,
where "matchstring" is something constant in your email.
For example, I may want to find myself by querying all
people at UH by issuing the command "SCAN PPC603 uh.edu",
or I could issue the command "SCAN PPC603 ecantu" --
either one will accomplish my task.
LAST RESORT: If everything above fails, don't
hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But please, please, if you get errors, please
forward them to me. It saves me VAST amounts of time to
start halfway into a problem than at the beginning. If
the listserv software is giving you errors, forward them
to me with your request, and I will see to it as soon as
I can. Send me a message like, "Get me off this damn
list, nothing works," with no additional information, and
I promise I'll take my sweet time.
III. Before you post, READ THE FAQ!
There are many issues which come up over and over again
on the list. Whether the issues are raised again due to
software upgrades or new users asking old questions, many
times relevant topics can turn into useless debate. The
serial port/streaming audio issues are perfect examples.
New users especially, please make yourself very familiar
with the FAQ list at http://junior.apk.net/~rjl/performa/faq.html.
For everyone else, if you have any doubt what you are
writing may not be correct, either make that condition
plain, or don't post at all. I've lost count of careless
misinformation written lately, and also those things which
were opinion being passed off as fact. Be responsible when
IV. Netiquette and Basic Rules.
I take netiquette very seriously - not because I'm the
fussy type, but because it just makes life better for all
concerned. I have a few rules for my list, some are cast in
stone and will not be tolerated, others I just let other
users point out if it really bothers people. I try not to
let my personal pet peeves dictate policy, but I don't claim
to be free of subjective judgment.
Don't ever, EVER, under any
circumstances attach files, text or otherwise, to the
list. Doing so is not only highly rude, but possibly
dangerous. I don't know what's on your system - it may
be rife with viruses for all I know - and you just
potentially spread it to over 650 people. Didn't think
about that did you?
ALWAYS THINK. Look at your email headers to
make sure it's going where you think it's going. Ask
yourself if those destinations are appropriate.
If something's off topic, mark it off
If something's off topic, then by definition, all
replies should go to the sender, not to the list.
Public "Me toos" are some of the worst email
QUOTE RESPONSIBLY. Few things are worse than
seeing 2 screenfuls of quoted text only to find a 2-3
line reply. Only quote what's necessary to make your
point and establish context, nothing more. Don't be lazy.
THINK ABOUT YOUR "SUBJECT." Most people scan
through email based on the "Subject" header. The majority
of people don't actually read word-for-word all the email
in a list, and whether or not they even read yours at all
depends on the subject you supply. Especially for the
DIGEST subscribers, replying to the digest to have "Re:
PPC603 DIGEST for Feb 21, 1997..." will almost definitely
get your message skipped.
*** Mark your machine name, OS version, or whatever (if
applicable) plainly in the subject header. If you're asking
about a 6400's GeoPort write a subject like, "
GeoPort problems." People will be your friend for life.
Violations of these, depending on which one, may result
in an embarrassing, public e-flogging.
I hope the information gained by your subscription helps
you with your Macintosh. Although I run this list, it really
is a list for the subscribers - you make it work. Be
polite, be responsible, and most of all, have fun!!