[S] Information on s-news list**Please SAVE**

J. Philip Miller (phil@wubios.wustl.edu)
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 13:40:32 -0600 (CST)


INFORMATION ON S-NEWS

The following information is extracted from the S-news introduction message.
Please save this information for future reference, especially if you want
to modify your unsubscription or unsubscribe in the future.

See below under "What should I do if I have questions or comments about
list policies or management?" for information about s-news-advisory,
the mailing list for s-news list management issues. Subscription to this
list is open to any s-news reader.

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TO UNSUBSCRIBE

Use one of the following forms, sent in the BODY of a
message to
s-news-request@wubios.wustl.edu
referring to the appropriate list (regular delivery or daily digest),
and including the address you are subscribed under only if it is different
from your current mailing address.

unsubscribe s-news
unsubscribe s-news myname@my.address
unsubscribe s-news-digest
unsubscribe s-news-digest myname@my.address

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S-NEWS OBJECTIVES AND APPROPRIATE USE

S-news is the discussion group on the S and S-plus systems for
statistics, graphics, and programming. Appropriate topics must be
related to S/S-plus, including programming and usage questions and
suggestions, problem reports, and announcements of new software
(contributed and commercial), books and articles, and conferences and
educational events. Short job announcements are also acceptable. Long
advertisements and commercial messages that are not specifically relevant
to S/S-plus are not acceptable.
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S-NEWS ADDRESSES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Mail for posting to the S-news list should be sent to:

s-news@wubios.wustl.edu

All subscription and unsubscription requests and other list management
commands (see more detailed information below) should be sent to

s-news-request@wubios.wustl.edu

S-news was recently moved to Washington University, St Louis, U.S.A.
from another site at the University of Toronto. Messages and requests
to the old addresses will be forwarded to the corresponding new
addresses described above. All subscribers to the old list have been
transferred to the new list.

Messages that require human intervention should be sent to

s-news-owner@wubios.wustl.edu

but you should make use of the automatic list processor commands whenever
they cover the situation.
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POSTING TO S-NEWS, AND REPLYING TO MESSAGES ON S-NEWS

Only messages of general interest to the entire list should be mailed to
s-news. To minimize inappropriate postings to the list, outgoing
messages are configured so that replies go the originator by default, not
to the entire list. If your reply is of general interest and is intended
for distribution, you must explicitly give the s-news address.

A common practice is to send replies to the original poster of the
question. It is then up to the poster to write a summary of the replies,
including both an acknowledgement of the respondents and a summary of the
substance of the replies (including credited quotations from messages
that contained useful information, but not repeating the same points many
times). This is the most useful form for making the efforts of the
contributors useful to the entire list. Posters of questions can encourage
this by offering to summarize in their original message.

Whether your are asking a question or replying, it is helpful (and often
essential) to specify both the software (version of Splus) and system
(Unix versus Windows, which operating system version, which Unix
platform) that you have in mind. Both problems and solutions can be
system-dependent.

Messages about list management issues should generally not be sent to the
s-news list. If your issue concerns an individual posting that you think
is inappropriate, write to the individual poster, do not compound the
problem by making the whole list see your complaint. If your issue
concerns your own subscription or delivery, send list management commands
to s-news-request@wubios.wustl.edu or send messages requiring human
intervention to s-news-owner@wubios.wustl.edu. General issues about
list management and policies should be raised on the s-news-advisory
list; see below for more information.
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FEATURES OF THE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LIST SERVER

The list server at Washington University uses Majordomo software, which
offers several advantages and useful features:

(1) The software provides automatic subscription and unsubscription upon
user request and automatic filtering of some inappropriate messages
(including subscribe/unsubscribe requests and some spam messages) so
they do not get distributed to the list.

(2) The mailer software breaks the outgoing mail into chunks that are
distributed in parallel, so the total time required to get through
the list is much shorter.

(3) Subscriptions are available in digest format. With this option,
each day's messages are compiled into a single message for convenient
reading by those who do not prefer immediate receipt of individual
messages. To get messages in digest format, subscribe to the
separate digest list, s-news-digest.

(4) The list are automatically archived. The archive is accessible
using Majordomo (list manager) commands (see below), or in HTML format
at www.biostat.wustl.edu.
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WHO MAINTAINS THE S-NEWS LIST?

The sponsor of the list is J. Philip Miller, Professor of Biostatistics at
Washington University, St. Louis. The technical administrator is Erich
Schraer, systems administrator at the same department. Messages requiring
human intervention, such as improperly formatted list management requests
or queries and comments that cannot be handled automatically, will be
handled by Jean Adams of the United States Geological Survey (and should
be sent to s-news-owner@wubios.wustl.edu).
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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT LIST POLICIES OR
MANAGEMENT?

List policy and management issue of general interest (excluding individual
subscription and delivery issues) are discussed on the s-news-advisory
list (also available in digest form as s-news-advisory-digest). To
find out about policies for this list and how to subscribe, send a
message to s-news-request@wubios.wustl.edu containing in the body the
line
intro s-news-advisory
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WHAT ARE SOME IMPORTANT LIST MANAGEMENT COMMANDS?

All list management commands should be sent to s-news-request@wubios.wustl.edu.
The command (or multiple commands) should be in the body of the message,
not in the subject line. If your mailer puts a signature at the end of the
message, put the command
end
after your list commands so the signature is not interpreted as commands.
NEVER send commands to s-news! (NEVER!)

A full list of commands can be obtained by sending the command
help

To subscribe to the list, send the command
subscribe s-news
or for the digest version,
subscribe s-news-digest
You will be sent a confirmation message to which you must reply to make
sure that you actually desired to subscribe. This is intended to prevent
forged subscriptions. Note that subscriptions to the immediate-delivery
and digest versions is handled like two separate lists, so if you want to
switch from immediate delivery to digest, you must unsubscribe to s-news
and subscribe to s-news-digest.

If you want to subscribe using a different address than the one you are
sending from, use the command
subscribe s-news myname@my.address

To unsubscribe, send one of the following commands as appropriate:
unsubscribe s-news
unsubscribe s-news-digest
unsubscribe s-news myname@my.address
unsubscribe s-news-digest myname@my.address

To find out about archived messages send the command
index s-news
or point your Web browser at http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/

-- 
     J. Philip Miller, Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Box 8067
       Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO 63110
	  phil@wubios.WUstl.edu - (314) 362-3617 [362-2693(FAX)]
		    http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/~phil
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