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List Owner's Manual


LISTSERV®, version 1.8d

1 March 1999

Initial Release

Appendix E: Acknowledgements


Over the years, a number of people have written valuable documentation of the LISTSERV product. This documentation was constantly consulted by this writer in the course of producing L-Soft's official manuals. In no particular order, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Lisa Covi, Ben Chi, Jim Gerland, Marty Hoag, and (of course) Eric Thomas in producing the basis for this work. Thanks also go to John Harlan for helping me get my start in owning lists. I wouldn't be writing this today without his initial willingness to assist me. And I promised myself that I wouldn't forget to mention Pete Weiss. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Pete!

Another invaluable source of information was list owner discussion lists. Heavy use was made of the archives from LSTOWN-L@SEARN in particular. Thanks to the subscribers there who probably know LISTSERV better than anyone alive, aside from Eric.

Thanks also to Susan Lowell, Elena Nolen and Jim Jones of L-Soft for reading and making valuable comments on several drafts of the original release.

--Nathan Brindle (nathan@lsoft.com)

Acknowledgements for the 1.8c release Over a year has passed, and quite a number of people have been involved in helping debug the original manual (which eventually reached a third major revision not long ago) and feed me ideas for the 1.8c manual. I'm sorry to say that I've not kept a list of everyone involved, but suffice it to say that if you sent me a comment, it was read and often implemented. So, thanks to our customers and users for their most valuable input.

Thanks also once again to people at L-Soft (Elena Hammond, Amy Farley, and of course Eric Thomas in particular) for their help during this process.

Keep those cards and letters coming! (But please, no virtual bouquets...:)

--Nathan Brindle (nathan@lsoft.com)

Acknowlegements for the 1.8d Revision

In the past 25 months a lot of water has gone under the bridge. A more fulsome set of praises and acknowledgements being found in the Site Manager's Manual, herein I would like simply to thank the L-Soft staff who were of invaluable assistance as we trod that long and often difficult road to the new version. I would also like to thank the list owners and site managers who pointed out typos and misinformation throughout the gestation process :) As we gear up for the next iteration, please always feel free to comment on the manuals (to manuals@lsoft.com); because feedback from users is and always will be one of the most important aspects of our editing process.

--Nathan Brindle (nathan@lsoft.com)

Revision History

990301-003 Initial Release of 1.8d List Owner's Manual.
990503-003 2.13.1 and .2 - expanded on the Reply-To= keyword and why setting 
           it even to "Sender,Ignore" may still result in some replies coming
           back to the list rather than going to the original poster.
990521-001 Added 9.8.3.
990611-001 Per Francoise, 7.4, "#" is indeed not a legal character in a list 
           name.  Harmonized the tabbed list that said it was not with the 
           paragraph below that indicated it was.
990624-001 Appendix B, Prime=, added a mid-week distribution example.
990707-001 Appendix B, Auto-Delete=, added note to Lite disclaimer that 
           passive probing is specifically unavailable under Lite.
990727-001 2.12.6 and Appendix B, Send=, Send= default is Private.
990804-001 2.13.4, noted that Moderator= is disabled in LISTSERV Lite.
990914-002 9.3, documented .ASIS directive.
991018-002 Appendix B, Default Values, 'Digest= Yes,Daily,Same if "Notebook= 
           Yes", No otherwise' should be 'Digest= Yes,Same,Daily if "Notebook= 
           Yes", No otherwise'.
991031-001 Changelogs not available in Lite.
991031-002 Trademark block updated.
991109-001 Prime=, Appendix B, noted that weekdays must be in order beginning 
           with Monday.
991111-001 Notebook=, Appendix B, added note about changing notebook intervals
           not converting existing notebooks to new format
991222-001 Appendix B, Notebook=, under unix "where" spec must be lower case.
000103-001 A.1.1, "SET" command, noted backward compatibility issue with SET 
           listname MAIL for DIGEST/INDEX users.  Also 5.3.2.
000204-001 2.3.1, removed $ from the list of acceptable characters in a list 
000216-001 "+" added to the list of unacceptable characters in a list name.
000504-001 Attachments= keyword added to Appendix B.  Also noted in Files=.
000504-002 Added 2.15 describing the Attachments= keyword.
000504-003 9.4.2., added info about BAD_ATTACHMENTS template form.
000505-001 Released Revision 1.

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List Owner's Manual for LISTSERV®
Appendix A: System Reference Library for LISTSERV® Version 1.8d
Appendix B: List Keyword Reference for LISTSERV® Version 1.8d
Appendix C: Sample Boilerplate Files
Appendix D: Related Documentation and Support