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Changes to the CASI discussion list =================================== Dear list member, We are changing the system used to run the CASI discussion list (and also CASI's announcements lists). This emails explains the changes and their reasons. I'll get the essential bits out of the way first and tell you when you can stop reading if you're really busy! ESSENTIAL BITS: * Existing list members will be transferred to the new list system. You do not have to do anything to stay on the list. * The new address for posting messages to the discussion list is firstname.lastname@example.org (the old address should continue to work, but please update your address book to use the new address) * There is a new method for unsubscribing/subscribing, via the web. You can manage your subscription via http://lists.casi.org.uk using the Mailman system. There is a password associated with your account (initially set to a random one) to stop other people interfering with your subscription. But don't worry, this isn't one more thing to remember: you can have your password emailed to you by pressing the "Email my password to me" button on the "Unsubscribe or change subscription options" page. It will also be emailed to you once a month as a reminder. If you have any difficulties using the web-based system, just contact email@example.com and a human will deal with you! * I have taken every precaution to ensure that the transition to the new list server goes smoothly, but please bear with me during any teething trouble. I may force all postings to be moderated for the first few days, to prevent any accidents. If you think something's gone wrong, email me and not the whole list. OK, that's the end of the essential info. Busy folk can stop reading here - the rest is for those who want to know why this move is being made and some more details about the new system. MORE DETAILS Reasons for moving to the new list server: * Users can (un)subscribe on their own. This benefits both list members (you can (un)subscribe instantly), and CASI, because the old system required the list manager to manually process each request in a tedious and time-consuming way. * Automatic stripping of attachments, enforcing the "no attachments" rule. This dramatically reduces the risk of transmission of a virus to list members, and avoids accidental clogging up of inboxes with massive attachments. * Distribution of only the plain-text part of dual-format plain-text + HTML postings. This reduces the storage space taken up by messages and, combined with the previous point, reduces risk of virus transmission through the list to nearly zero. [I recommend setting your email client to send plain text emails in any case.] * Users can opt for a "digest mode" whereby they receive each day's postings collected into a single message rather than one by one. * "[casi]" tag added to subject lines to clearly identify messages from the list * Automatic management of 'bouncing' addresses, another big time-saver for the list manager. Best wishes, Seb, CASI. firstname.lastname@example.org -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.