The Museum Discussion List (Museum-L)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Last Revised: August 25, 1999

August 30, 1996 -- On July 2, 1996 the University of New Mexico switched to the Unix-based Listprocessor software to handle Museum-L Distribution. Due to the size of the list and problems with the newsgroup gateway under Listprocessor software it soon became apparent that Museum-L needed a new home. Eric Thomas, founder of L-Soft and the person who developed the Listserv software offered to host the list on his system.

Please note that the difference between the list address and the listserv address. The list address is:

Museum-L@home.ease.lsoft.com

and the listserv address is:

Listserv@home.ease.lsoft.com



2. PURPOSE.

Museum-L is a general purpose, cross-disciplinary electronic discussion list for museum professionals, students, and all others interested in museum related issues. All museum related topics are acceptable for posting and discussion at this time. Membership in Museum-L is open to anyone with e-mail service.


3. HISTORY.

Museum-L was started in April 1991. Membership has grown rapidly and totaled 1099 on Nov. 1, 1994. The volume of message varies from a "few" per day, up to as many as 50 messages per day during peak periods. Museum-L was linked with USENET in September 1994. This cross-link is a full-functioning link with messages going in both directions. As of this update, August 30, 1996, there are 1400 subscribers in 27 countries.

On July 25, 1996, Museum-L was moved to a new home, on the world's largest and fastest e-mail distribution system. This move became necessary when the University of New Mexico switched to Listprocessor software on July 2, 1996.

For a number of technical reasons a move from the previous hosts had become inevitable. MUSEUM-L members will certainly have noticed the difficulties caused by the University of New Mexico having terminated the operation of its LISTSERV installation.

The owner of Museum-L, along with the owner of the ICOM lists, and entirely independently of each other, contacted L-Soft International, Inc., the firm which develops and licenses Eric Thomas's original LISTSERV software, to see if they might be able to provide assistance in keeping the lists within the environment to which all their members had become accustomed.


4. OWNER.

John Chadwick is the "owner", i.e. manager, of the Museum-L discussion list. Please direct any questions you have about the Museum-L to him at: jchadwick@earthlink.net or chadwick@ilinet.org

5. SOFTWARE.

Museum-L is an electronic discussion list, based on an IBM mainframe computer, which is connected to the Internet network. The LISTSERV software used to support Museum-L was written by Eric Thomas, copyrighted 1986 through the present. The current release of the software is 1.8b. Most discussion list operations are fully automated by this LISTSERV software.

WARNING: There are several different discussion list software programsbeing used on the Internet. The specific command and function can VARY with each of these different software program. THIS CAN BE VERY CONFUSING TO PEOPLE. Some of the most frequently used LISTSERV software commands are listed in this document.

If you are unacquainted with the LISTSERV commands and software, you can request additional information by sending an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com and in the body of an e-mail message enter:

GET LISTSERV REFCARD

A five page "Listserv Command Reference Card" will be sent to you as an e-mail message.


6. JOINING / SUBSCRIBING.

There are several methods of joining or subscribing to Museum-L depending on which computer systems or network you are using. There is no cost for subscribing to Museum-L discussion list. HOWEVER, THERE MAYBE BE LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDER CHARGES or CONNECT CHANGES for the electronic mail messages that you will receive. Check with your service provider or local computer support person, if this is an issue.

6.1 From the Internet.

To subscribe to Museum-L from the Internet send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SUBSCRIBE Museum-L Full Name

6.2 From the CompuServe commercial service.

To subscribe to Museum-L from CompuServe send the following in the body of an e-mail message to >INTERNET: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SUBSCRIBE Museum-L Full Name

...Beware; it will behoove you to cut costs by using TAPCIS, CIM, AutoSIG, Navigator, or the offline reader of your choice if reading Museum-L from CompuServe; the volume reaches or exceeds several dozen messages a day. CompuServe also levies a per message surcharge after a certain number of Internet messages.

6.3 From the America OnLine (AOL) commercial service.

AOL doesn't have a text interface. Internet e-mail is integrated into AOL's graphical software, so to subscribe to Museum-L from AOL send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SUBSCRIBE Museum-L Full Name

Some people use AOLs "FlashMail" feature to capture messages before reading them, this will save substantial connect time charges. AOL also allows reading Museum-L messages via the bit.listserv.museum-l Usenet newsgroup.


7. LEAVING / UNSUBSCRIBING.

If you absolutely don't want to stay listed at all on Museum-L and never want to have anything to do with the list again, from the Internet send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SIGNOFF Museum-L

For other networks/systems use the same method you used to subscribe.


8. POSTING MESSAGES.

There are two addresses used in relation to the Museum-L discussing list, both are located at the host: home.ease.lsoft.com Administrative and management messages are sent to: LISTSERV Posting to the discussion list, which are then broadcast to the full membership are sent to: Museum-L

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE TO MUSEUM-L.

Specific address formatting varies slightly from different networks.


8.1 From the Internet. After you receive a subscription confirmation, send postings to the list using this address: Museum-L@home.ease.lsoft.com

8.2 From CompuServe. After you receive a subscription confirmation, send postings to the list to using this address: >INTERNET: Museum-L@home.ease.lsoft.com

8.3 From America OnLine. After you receive a subscription confirmation, send postings to the list using this address: Museum-L@home.ease.lsoft.com


9. MANAGING / CONTROLLING YOUR MESSAGES.

9.1 NOMAIL Option

If you're interested in staying registered with Museum-L but you don't want to participate actively (i.e.: can't handle the e-mail volume, not able to read your e-mail for a period of time ...), send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SET Museum-L NOMAIL

Keep this file handy because you will not receive any messages while you have your e-mail options set for NOMAIL. We have suspended the annual renewal process because the listowner was swamped each December by more than 200 e-mail messages asking how to renew subscriptions. Therefore, you may go years without receiving a message from Museum-L, and if you want to start again, send the following message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SET Museum-L MAIL

9.2 REVIEW Command.

To see the list of subscribers (including yourself, to see where LISTSERV thinks you are), send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com (subject doesn't matter)

REVIEW Museum-L

9.3 NOREPRO Command.

If you don't want to receive a copy of the messages you post, send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SET Museum-L NOREPRO

9.4 DIGEST Command.

With the DIGEST option ON the LISTSERV software will send one large message per day from the Museum-L discussion list. This single message contains a simple table of contents and the full text of the day's messages. The DIGEST is distributed shortly after midnight local time. If you would like to switch to the DIGEST option send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

SET Museum-L DIGEST

9.5 QUERY Command. If you want to find out your current Museum-L distribution list options, send the following in the body of an e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

QUERY Museum-L


10. USENET GROUP: bit.listserv.museum-l

American University dropped their support for the gateway to the newsgroup. Currently, postings to the list are not posted to the newsgroup. Likewise, postings to the newsgroup are no longer posted to the e-mail list. As of the last revision to this file, there are no plans to revive the link.


11. ARCHIVES.

Logged files are stored at LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com. To get a listing of available log files, send a one line e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

Get Museum-L FILELIST

To obtain a specific log file, such as the file for October, 1994, you can send a one line e-mail message to: LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com

Get Museum-L LOG9410

These files are often 500K bytes or larger. Many e-mail systems cannot handle such large files, and you may not want such a large file in your mailbox.

On the World Wide Web the archives are searchable at:

http://home.ease.lsoft.com/archives/museum-l.html

Search via e-mail. You can search the archives via e-mail. Send the search command to LISTSERV@home.ease.lsoft.com. A command such as:

search (science and education) and (job or position) in MUSEUM-L since 96/07/01

Will return and index of postings since July 1, 1996. You can then order individual postings via e-mail.


12. RELATED DISCUSSION LISTS.

There is no longer a compiled list of related e-mail lists. You can search for related lists at www.lsoft.com/catalist.html


13. RETENTION OF THE MUSEUM-L FAQ.

IMPORTANT: PRINT OR SAVE THIS INFORMATION FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.


14. COPIES OF THE MUSEUM-L FAQ.

These instructions are available via the Web.

Host: www.finalchapter.com/museum-l-faq


15. AUTHORS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

This document was written by John Chadwick and David Bridge who are solely responsible for any errors. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions and suggestions of the following reviewers: Mignon Erixon-Stanford, Guy Hermann, Katherine Jones-Garmil and Suzanne Quigley.

Please send any corrections or suggestions for FUTURE additions or improvements to the "Museum-L FAQ" to the listowner, John Chadwick: jchadwick@earthlink.net.


This FAQ file was modified for the Web by John Chadwick and Theresa Russell.