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Guide to AAPT Email List Participation

Steps to participating in an AAPT List:

  1. Sign up. To join a mailing list, send a blank email to:
      join-listname@mail.aapt.org (where listname is app-l, cet-l, etc.)
      or click on the corresponding link on the AAPT Email Lists page. Note: Your e-mail application spam filter should be set to allow messages from mail.aapt.org and/or *.aapt.org.
  2. Set your e-mail preferences.

    1. Regular e-mail: When you subscribe to a list, by default you will receive an e-mail each time someone posts to the list. If you wish to reset this setting after changing it, send an email to listmanager@mail.aapt.org with the message, "set listname mail".
    2. E-mail digest: This option allows you to receive only one e-mail each day with all of that day's messages included in it. To subscribe to the digest, send an e-mail to listmanager@mail.aapt.org with the message, "set listname digest".
    3. No e-mail: You can elect to subscribe to the list without receiving any e-mail from it. This will allow you to read messages with your web browser (see below), and you will still be allowed to post e-mail messages to the group. To activate this option, send an e-mail to listmanager@mail.aapt.org with the message, "set listname nomail".
  3. Read and post messages.

    This can be done in one of three ways:

    1. Via e-mail: You will receive emails in your inbox, and can read and respond as desired. New messages should be sent to listname@mail.aapt.org.
    2. Via the World Wide Web: Type http://mail.aapt.org/read/login/ in your web browser to access the mail list user’s login page. Login with username and password, and select the desired list (in blue) under forum name. The currently selected e-mail list will be displayed in the upper-right corner of the page. To send a message to the e-mail list, click the "Create New Message" button. This option is especially useful if you are away from your own computer or you don't have e-mail access but you need to participate in the list's discussion.
  4. Change e-mail address or password

    1. To change your e-mail address: Send an email to listmanager@mail.aapt.org with the message, "set listname email=new-email-address". For example, if you are currently subscribed to phystalk with the address bob@example.edu and want to be subscribed as bjones@example.com you would send the command: set phystalk email=bjones@example.edu
    2. To set/change your password
      1. To set your password: You can set your password with the pw=password command. For instance, if you do not currently have a password, to set it on the phytalk list to be hamburger: set phystalk pw=hamburger

      2. To change your password, you must first specify your current password with oldpw=password.
          For example, if your current password on the phystalk list is flower and you want to change it to hamburger, you would write: set phystalk oldpw=flower pw=hamburger.

        Including a password in an email message is inherently insecure. If you are concerned about password security, do not use email commands that require a login command. As an alternative, password changes can be accomplished by requesting a password reset email from the system, just go to the web login page mentioned above and click the "Email Password" button after entering an incorrect password.

A note about posting messages

To post to the list via e-mail, send your e-mail to listname@mail.aapt.org. This will distribute your message to every active member of the list. When you are replying to a post, hitting the reply button will send your reply to everyone. If you would like to reply only to the author of the message, remember to start a new message with the author's email in the To: field.

In general, AAPT lists adhere to the standard rules of "netiquette." General rules can be found in many locations on the Internet. Specifically, a good introduction to list etiquette is Arlene Rinaldi's The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette.