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Slug Groups and Mailing Lists for Slug-Lines.com

 
Index
 
What is a "Slug Group"  or "Mailing List"?
How Does it Help Me With Slugging?
Two types: Lists and Digests
How to Subscribe to a List
Sending a Message to a Group
Setting Up Digest Mode
 
Other helpful features:
Requesting Information and Subscribing
Format of Requests
Commands for Requesting Information

Slug-Lines.com now has automated mailing lists similar to Yahoo Groups! These automated lists are known as "Groups" or "list-server mailing lists" and allow you to subscribe (and unsubscribe) to a specific topic.

A list-server mailing list can receive mail and re-send the mail to all the users on the mailing list. List-server mailing lists are used widely on the Internet to share information about a topic.

We have created "Slug Groups" for many of the slug lines and newly forming lines. 


What is a "Slug Group" or Mailing List?

  • Slug-Lines.com now has automated mailing lists similar to Yahoo Groups! These automated lists, known as "Groups" or "list-server mailing lists", allow you to receive information about a topic by subscribing (and unsubscribing) to a specific topic. The term "Groups" and "Lists" are used interchangeably.
  • A list-server mailing list can receive mail and re-send the mail to all the subscribers on the mailing list. List-server mailing lists are used widely on the Internet to share information about a topic.

How Does it Help Me With Slugging?

  • Existing Slug Lines. Joining a list can help you by keeping you up-to-date with late breaking news about a particular slug line. 
  • Groups allow for the sharing of information rapidly about a particular slug line which you may have an interest. If you are concern about changes being made to a particular slug line, then subscribing to a group will let you communicate to everyone else interested in the same line.
  • New Slug Lines.  If you are trying to create a new slug line, a slug group will allow for everyone to share information rapidly. If you are trying to create a new slug line, simply send an email to webmaster@slug-lines.com and a new group will be created just for your new slug line.  In the past, an individual who wanted to create a new slug line had to send and resend messages using their own email address. And, if somebody was no longer interested in being a part of the list, they had to send and email to the person asking to be removed. Slug Groups does all this automatically. Subscribe when you want, and unsubscribe when you want, it's that easy!!

Two Types: Lists and Digests

  • There are two types of groups/mailing lists: Lists and Digests
  • Lists: Subscribers of a list receive an email message every time another subscriber sends an email message to the group. For example, suppose you are a subscriber to the group Horner and it has 50 members (subscribers). If you send an email to the group, all 50 members will receive the email (including you...because you are a member of the group). 
  • Digests: Once you have subscribed to a list, you may select to get messages in a "digest". This is convenient because some lists receive a large volume of messages. In the digest mode, all messages are accumulated and then sent to the subscriber as a single message. A "digest" of the messages are sent  weekly, on Wednesday at approximately 11:00 a.m.. When subscribers receive a digest, it will contain all the messages sent to the list since the last digest was sent. This gives subscribers the option of periodically receiving a digest rather than being interrupted every time a new message is sent to a list.  See Setting Up Digest Mode 
  • You may switch back and forth between the List mode and Digest mode at any time. Switch as often as you like. However, you cannot be in both modes at the same time.

How to "Subscribe" to a List

  • Each list is made up of "subscribers". An individual becomes a "subscriber" by sending an email message addressed to: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com and then specifying which list in the body of the message. Use the automated form to subscribe! 
  • You may subscribe to as many lists as you wish.
  • Here's how to subscribe to a list. Send an email to imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com and in the body of the message type the word "subscribe" followed by the list name, your first name, and your last name. For example,  assume there is a list named HORNER that John Doe wants to subscribe to. The commands for subscribing and unsubscribing are as follows:

    • To subscribe to the group:
      TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
      Subject:
      Subscribe HORNER John Doe
      
    • To unsubscribe from the group:
      TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
      Subject:
      Unsubscribe HORNER John Doe
      
  • Once your have "subscribed" to a group, you will start receiving all email traffic sent to the group and you will be able to "posts" messages to the group as well. Subscribers can post by addressing a mail in the form of listname@list.slug-lines.com.  For example if you wanted to send a message to the Horner group, your email would be sent to: Horner@list.slug-lines.com

Sending a Message to a Group

  • Once you are a subscriber, you may post a message to a group by addressing the message to the name of the mailing list. You cannot send a message to a group unless you are already a subscriber.  The format is Listname@list.slug-lines.com
  • For example, to send a message to the "Horner" list, you would simply send an email to Horner@list.slug-lines.com.  For example:
To: Horner@list.slug-lines.com
Subject: Put Your Subject Title in the subject line
... Enter the body of your message ...

Setting Up Digest Mode

The following examples assume there is a list named Horner. After you have have subscribed to a list, you may switch to the digest mode by using the following commands:

  • To receive a digest of messages sent to the list, enter a command in the 
    form of: set mode digest listname. For example,
    TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
    Subject:
    set mode digest Horner
    
  • To cancel digest mode and receive messages as they are sent to the list, enter a command in the form of: set mode standard listname. For example,
    TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
    Subject:
    set mode standard Horner
    
  • Use the automated form to switch to and from Digest Mode. Click HERE!


Requesting Information and Subscribing

In order for a user to get information about lists on a particular host, or to subscribe to lists on a particular host, the user must send a request addressed to imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com (where domain.com is the name of the host). This e-mail address is a built-in IMail alias that lets users:

  • Get general help about the list-server for a particular mail host
  • Get specific help about a particular list
  • Get a list of all the lists available on a particular mail host
  • Get a list of all the subscribers to a particular list
  • Subscribe to a subscriber list
  • Unsubscribe from a subscriber list

Format of Requests

Requests addressed to imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com must contain a
list-server command and (when appropriate) a list name in the
body of the message. The following commands may appear in the body of the message:

  • Help
  • Help listname
  • List
  • List listname
  • Subscribe listname your_name
  • Unsubscribe listname your_name

Commands for Requesting Information

The following examples assume there is a list named Horner on a mail host named list.slug-lines.com. The commands for requesting information are the following:

  • To get general help from the list server:
    TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
    Subject:
    help
    
  • To display the names of all of the lists on the IMail server:
    TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
    Subject:
    list
    
  • To get a list of users subscribed to a specific list:
    TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
    Subject:
    list Horner
    
  • To get help for a specific list:
    TO: imailsrv@list.slug-lines.com
    Subject:
    help Horner
    
 
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