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SMRF E-mail List Instructions

What is SMRF?
SMRF is an email list open to any subscribers who wish to discuss the history and modeling of railroads specific to the southeastern United States. 

This page describes the email list and explains how to


How do I subscribe?

Send an email with NO SUBJECT to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU with the following single line in the body of the email:

subscribe SMRF  your name

Your name should be at least two separate words.  For some reason the Dartmouth Server doesn't like single word names.  If the subscription message is sent correctly, you will receive a confirmation request from the server with instructions on how to confirm.  This confirmation request ensures that your email address is valid and keeps others from subscribing you without your knowledge.
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How do I unsubscribe (or signoff)?

Send an email with NO SUBJECT to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU with the following single line in the body of the email:

signoff SMRF

You should receive a final confirmation message that you are now unsubscribed.
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Can I suspend mail without unsubscribing if I'm not able to check my email or I'm going on vacation?

Yes!  To avoid having to resubscribe and confirm, you can just suspend mail coming to your mailbox without signing off:

Send an email with NO SUBJECT to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU with the following single line in the body of the email:

set SMRF nomail

You should receive a  confirmation message with your new settings.   To reset so that you receive mail use the following command:

set SMRF mail
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Can I avoid having so many separate messages? In other words is there a digest option?

Yes!  To have the messages from the list arrive "bundled" in one big message (sent out on a regular basis depending upon the volume of messages and the time between digest mailings), send an email with NO SUBJECT to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU with the following single line in the body of the email:

set SMRF digest

You should receive a confirmation message with your new settings. NOTE: some email clients will read the digests strangely such that all messages will become separate attachments to the digest message instead of being concatenated within the body of the note as text.  If you experience this problem, try setting the MIME setting on your subscription (see 3. under custom settings below).
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What other custom settings can I adjust in my subscription?

NOTE: for all the following send an email with NO SUBJECT to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU with the appropriate single line command in the body of the email.

1. I want to know what my current subscription settings are:

query SMRF query SMRF
 

2. I want the list name in brackets to be added to the subject line of every incoming message so I can idendity and filter messages using my email client:

set SMRF subj set SMRF subj
 

3. I prefer or want to avoid MIME formatted messages:

set SMRF MIME

(the opposite would be "set SMRF NOMIME")
 

4. I want to conceal my identity/email from anyone who queries the listserver:

set SMRF conceal

(the opposite would be "set SMRF noconceal")

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Is there a way to read email that was sent to the list prior to my subscription?

Yes!  There is an archive of posts for the list that is compiled weekly and is saved for at least one year. Currently, the old SEMRA at Dartmouth archive is also preserved in the SMRF archive.  To access the archive via the web click on this link:   SMRF web archives

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How can I get general help from the list server about these commands or other commands that might exist?

Send an email with NO SUBJECT to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU with the following single line in the body of the email:

help

OR send an email to the managers of the list using the address: smrf-request@listserv.dartmouth.edu .

 

If I have a new email address, how do I modify my subscription?

The simplest method is to unsubscribe using your old email address and subscribe using your new one.  However, if you do not have access to both email accounts at the same time, you may miss some posts.  To avoid this problem or in case you can't access your old account to unsubscribe, send an email to smrf-request@listserv.dartmouth.edu and ask that your old account be removed.  Then subscribe with your new email address as a new subscriber.

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