administrative details

From: Sarasvati (root)
Date: Mon Oct 26 1998 - 17:50:57 EST

Darling Subscribers:

Asmus said to Eugene some moments ago...

  "If you have a basic administrative question like Eugene and don't
  want to bother the list, try mailing"

This is true. You can also send mail to me,,
or to or to You need never
send frantic help queries to the list itself.

Below I have attached the latest information about subscription.
The most common error people make is to forget their own address.
E.g., having subscribed as "" they expect
to unsubscribe as "".

Your Cheerfully Chirping Gnome in the Bright Black Box,


-- -- -- the help file attached -- -- --


Below you will find instructions for subscribing, unsubscribing, posting to
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The public mail list "" is open to anyone who wishes to be
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You can subscribe to the Unicode public mail list by sending a message to the
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SUBJECT line: subscribe
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For example, if your e-mail address is "" you would
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"" with the subject line "subscribe" and the
contents as follows:

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If you have problems, you may contact:


You may remove yourself from the mail list at any time by similarly sending
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When you wish to post a message to the list itself (i.e., to the subscribers),
send it to:

SUBJECT: (your subject)
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The "-request" address is ONLY for subscription and unsubscription.


This list has occasional lulls during which only a message or two per day
might be posted, but it has also been subject to heavy periods where more than
twenty messages per day will be exchanged. Subscribers should be prepared for
both circumstances. In general, you can expect to see 5 to 10 messages per

The subscription mechanism is very literal, and it doesn't know about all the
aliases by which you may be known. Therefore when you subscribe please make
a note of your precise subscription address. You will not be able to
unsubscribe without matching the precise address by which you subscribed. For
example, if you subscribe as "" then you will NOT be able
to unsubscribe by the name "", or by
"" or any other such mis-matched address.


There is also a "news" list to which you can subscribe if you are ONLY
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participate in any technical discussion. Send a similar subscription request

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If you subscribe to the list, then it is REDUNDANT to
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If you subscribe to both, you will get two copies of all official
announcements. In subscribing to the news list, you gain nothing extra; the
news list is a broadcast-only list intended solely for individuals with no
interest in technical discussions or message exchange.


The Unicode list is mostly an uncensored forum, with one exception: job
postings and recruitment campaigns have always been strictly forbidden.
Sarasvati is ever watchful for breeches of this rule, and is merciless in her

Correspondents should remain tolerably polite and consider carefully before
launching into rabid ad hominem attacks. Outright advertising, lengthy
off-topic ramblings, and blatant spamming of the list are all usually frowned
upon by the community at large. However for the most-part, other than
profanity, "anything goes". We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,
at any time, on any whim.


If you experience difficulty with subscription or unsubscription, please write
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The mail lists are not serviced by a LISTSERV type of server. The command
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Messages are usually archived on a temporary basis, and some archives are
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them available in any other form. Any available archives can be retrieved on
the web, and are linked through the Unicode home page.

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