Listserv

The Professional Archeologists of Kansas was incorporated to, among other things, “encourage and facilitate communication among all interested in the historic and prehistoric cultural heritage of Kansas.”  More information about PAK can be found on our website at http://www.ksarchaeo.info.  To help fulfill this mission, the PAK-L mailing list was established several years ago as an email discussion list, open to all who wish to subscribe.  In the future we may restrict subscription to members of PAK only, but for the time being the list is open to all.  The mailing list is managed at no cost to PAK or the users of the list on the University Computing and Telecommunications facilities at Wichita State University (UCATS) and the list owner, manager, and gofer is David T. Hughes of WSU.  You can reach me most easily by email at .

This document describes the elementary use of the mailing list and offers guidance on how to subscribe, unsubscribe, and change your preferences for the list.  You can get the detailed commands for working with Listserv software by sending an email to and in the body of the message put “INFO REFCARD” without the quotation marks.  Leave the subject field blank and don’t put anything else in the body of the message other than the INFO REFCARD statement.  The host computer will then send you a complete list of user commands in the finest 1970s computerese.  The rest of this guide gives simplified instructions about how to subscribe or unsubscribe to the list and offers some suggestions about enhancing your use of the list.

Spam Filters

 If your email software has a junk mail or spam filter, be aware that emails from the list will be coming from and set your spam filter to allow those to come through.

Subscribing

Send a message to containing the message SUBSCRIBE PAK-L , and nothing else. 

Leave the subject line blank.  You should get a response in a few minutes with a brief stock welcome message and some elementary list instructions that say you have been added to the list.  Do not put anything in the subject line or anything else in the body of the message.  Please note that you will be subscribed for the email address listed in the “Respond to” field your email software sends out.  If you have only one email address, that’s a snap.  If you are managing several, be sure that it is going from the email address you mean to subscribe through.

Unsubscribing 

Send a message to containing the message UNSUBSCRIBE PAK-L, and nothing else. 

Leave the subject line blank.  You should get a response in a few minutes with a brief stock welcome message and some elementary list instructions that say you have been added to the list.  Do not put anything in the subject line or anything else in the body of the message.

Changing your e-mail address/subscription

Simply unsubscribe using your OLD email address and then subscribe using your new email address.  If you no longer have access to the email you subscribed with, send me an email OR just subscribe with a new address and the system will automatically delete your old account after six messages have bounced.

Using the list-Communicating

So far PAK-L is an unmonitored list with open enrollment.  Whatever you want to send out to EVERYONE on the list goes out, subject to the use of certain restricted words the outgoing spam filter picks up.

  • Sending a Message
    Send the message to . Please send in PLAIN TEXT and do not send attachments.  At this time any attachments to an email will be stripped off.

  • Replying to a message
    If you want everyone to see your reply, use the “Reply to All” feature of your email program.  Otherwise the reply will go ONLY to the original sender.

  • Quoting in a Reply
    Quoting parts of the message you are replying to can be helpful to remind others of what you are commenting on.  Please try to reduce the amount of text you are quoting—delete all but a few pertinent lines.  There are many massive discussions on the etiquette of quoting in a reply:  should you intersperse your comments in the original message, put your comments at the bottom, or put your comments at the top of the reply?  I personally prefer to have the new comments at the TOP of the reply, but suit yourself on this.

PLEASE REMEMBER:  The message you are sending will go to everyone who receives the list, so choose your words carefully and keep in mind that present and future colleagues and employers will probably know what you said!

Finally, if you have any problems or questions about the PAK-L list, do drop me a note and I’ll get back to you fairly quickly .

 

Professional Archaeologists of Kansas

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This page was modified on 03/18/14.