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'''''''''''' What are these mailing lists? [Last updated on: Fri Oct 6 11:28:40 GB 2006] Subject: Policies for faq-maintainers/faq-maintainers-announce X-Version: $Id: mailing-lists-policy,v 1.39 2006/10/06 11:28:45 ngb Exp ngb $ Welcome to the faq-maintainers or faq-maintainers-announce mailing list. This document explains the purpose of the lists and some administrative details. In addition to being sent to all new subscribers, it is sent to faq-maintainers monthly and to faq-maintainers-announce approximately every ninety days to refresh people's memories. [A recent copy of this document can be obtained via anonymous FTP as rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/faq-maintainers/mailing-lists-policy If you do not have access to anonymous FTP, you can retrieve it by sending email to email@example.com with the command "send faq-maintainers/mailing-lists-policy" in the message.] '''''''''''' How to unsubscribe To unsubscribe from the faq-maintainers mailing list, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "unsubscribe faq-maintainers" (without the quotes), from the address you wish to be unsubscribed. Do NOT send email to the list itself asking to be unsubscribed. If you have problems with the list server software, email <email@example.com> for help from a human (be sure to mention the list name, faq-maintainers). The faq-maintainers list is no longer run by the *.answers moderators directly. Many thanks to the University of Durham for their assistance. To unsubscribe from the faq-maintainers-announce mailing list, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org; it will be read by humans. '''''''''''' What are these mailing lists? The faq-maintainers and faq-maintainers-announce lists are primarily intended for discussion among (faq-maintainers), or announcements for (faq-maintainers-announce), people on the net who maintain FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) lists or other kinds of periodic informational postings. However, subscribers are not required to maintain FAQs; anyone interested in issues related to maintaining FAQs is welcome to subscribe. Issues discussed on the faq-maintainers list in the past have included: formatting FAQs; how to handle comments about specific commercial products in FAQs; and using software to assist in the posting and maintenance of FAQ postings. Although a wide variety of topics are discussed, using the list for discussions which do not specifically pertain to FAQ maintenance is discouraged. The maintainers of the list may occasionally request that a discussion be moved elsewhere, when they feel that it has strayed too far from the theme of the list. The faq-maintainers-announce list is for announcements only. For example, announcements which would be appropriate include the creation of a new mirror site from which archived *.answers FAQs can be obtained, or the release of a software tool which is particularly useful for FAQ maintainers. The faq-maintainers-announce mailing list has been moderated since April 1994, to prevent unnecessary traffic which doesn't qualify as announcements. Anything sent to the faq-maintainers-announce list also goes to faq-maintainers, so it is not necessary to subscribe to both. '''''''''''' How busy and how large are these lists? The faq-maintainers list has several hundred subscribers. Traffic tends to come in bursts -- it averages 3-4 messages per day, but during a burst there may be as many as several dozen messages within a few hours, and in between such bursts, there may be a week of no messages at all. The faq-maintainers-announce list also has several hundred of its own subscribers, and anything approved for it will by default be sent to the faq-maintainers list as well. Traffic on it is very, very low; it is not unheard-of for six months to pass with no messages sent to the list except for a periodic copy of this document. '''''' Archives Mailing lists are not currently archived. We are working on this. '''''''''''' Where to find help with maintaining a posting This section doesn't really "belong" here, but since the question keeps coming up, perhaps this will help. If you want to ask questions specifically of the moderators of *.answers, please send the question to email@example.com and not to these mailing lists. Two World Wide Web sites which maintain lists of FAQ maintenance tools and information resources are David A. Lamb's page of FAQ Maintenance Aids, at http://www.qucis.queensu.ca/FAQs/FAQaid/ http://www.qucis.queensu.ca/FAQs/FAQaid/ and Infinite Ink's Writing FAQs and Periodic Postings, at (primary) http://www.ii.com/ii/internet/faqs/writing/ (mirror) http://www.best.com/~ii/internet/faqs/writing/ More information about submitting postings to *.answers, and about auto-faq, post_faq, and the mail-to-news server run by the *.answers moderators, can be found in the "*.answers submission guidelines" at rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/usenet/news.answers/news-answers/guidelines
A Yahoo discussion group on the same topic.