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July 7, 2003

Tips for Posting to a List
Alexandra Andrews, Tory Haiss, Amy Maierhofer, Becky Wagner

Starting New Posts (Messages)
More Helpful Tips
Copy and Paste Options
Quoting Other Messages and Sending Links
Cleaning Your Cache and History

The term posting comes from the original mail program (Version 6 AT&T UNIX, 1993). Mail was held in the Post Office. Each user had a mail box. Email has become an important way to exchange knowledge world wide. List messages from lists become invaluable for the cancer patient support system. These are some tips to help you best access and use your list.

Ask for help from a friend. We don't know about you, but lots of our friends have asked if there is anything they can do to help our cancer journey. If you have a computer savvy friend, ask them for 30 minutes of their time to come to your home and give you some pointers on your e-mail program.

Believe us, computer savvy people love to share their knowledge and friends really, really want to help when they offer. We have to learn to accept help. (Most of us don't want to ask for or accept help but all of us can use it)

Starting New Posts (Messages)
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- When you start a new post, put one (1) address only in the TO box.
- Before you send your post, double check it for only one (1) addressee.
- If you are sending a reply to someone else's post, click on Reply All.
- Before you start your message, check that it only has one (1) addressee in the To box. DELETE any others that show up.
- Write your post
- Double check the To box before you send.

If you want to send the same message to more than one group:
- Write your message and put one (1) addressee in the To box.
- Double check the To box. Then send post.
- To send to the next group, hilight the whole message that was just sent to the first group.
- Click on Edit and then Copy.
- Open up a new message box.
- Click on Edit and then "Paste".
Double check that you didn't accidentally copy any previous addresses from the first group.
- Go to the To box and fill in the address for the second group to get this message. Double check.
- Send.
- Repeat for any other groups to get the same message.

REMEMBER: Only one (1) group's address at a time in the To box. This protects every group's privacy!

More Helpful Tips
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This is a great place to start! Here are some more things that would be helpful to know to best use a listserv :
- turning off automatic quoting
- setting up an address book entry
- cutting and pasting to include Snips of a message in your reply
- setting up a folder or file to save your list messages
- the difference between reply, reply to all, to: cc: bcc:
- cross posting and how NOT to do it
- searching the archives
There is a beginning archive searching tutorial Lost Guidelines and Tips

Copy and Paste Options
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Don't use the bcc, blind copy option. Asking how to do it is the equivalent of saying "I'll cross-post if I feel like it, I'll just be sneaky about it,"

Those of us who may be oblivious to details should now know how to not cross-post. Those of us who know but plan to do it anyway are violating the trust on which the list is built. That's not a very nice way to respond to the support and information which we find among ourselves as a group.

Use Copy/paste if you have a substantial message to share with more than one address. It's what I do when I have a lot of catching up to do.

- Write an original message as usual and, when you're all done, highlight the text.
- Using the Edit pull-down menu, click copy.
- Send the original message.
- Click on new message--or select another message to reply to.
- Address the new message, move your cursor to the message window, and click paste.
- You can reproduce the original message indefinitely by clicking new message and then paste.

Quoting Other Messages and Sending Links
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Snip the relevant part of the message. Then quote the pertinent information this way << quote >> as in << Hello I am quoting this message >>

To send an link to an interesting web page - Some email providers automatically strip links from messages. Place the link inside < > as in or use this

Cleaning Your Cache and History
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Clear Cache The cache is a temporary storage space on your hard disk. Web pages you have visited are saved here. The reason is - this reduces time to in re looking up the page on the Internet and redisplaying it on your browser every time. BUT a trail of your web activites remain on your computer even after you shut down. This information can be accessed by crackers, marketeers or anyone looking on your machine.

We recommend strongly you clear your cache once a day. Clear cache is also in the edit menu:

- click on preferences
- click on advanced.
- Click on cache then click on Clear Disk Cache then click on Clear Memory Cache

Warning some unscrupulous websites write hidden code in their webpages. The purpose of this code is to hide from the clear disk cache feature. This allows them to track your internet use. A good idea is to open up the cache directory and make sure no files are lurking.

This feature shows all the websites and web pages you have been to. You can set the history for a specific time under the History expires after _ days. (One day is sufficient) After clearing your cache click on the Clear History button.

We recommend you use another email program besides what is bundled in Microsoft. Eudora is a good program. Netscape is usually safe. Another option is to use the web mail program provided by your ISP. If you insist on using on Outlook - Remember it never met a virus it did not love.

The best advice for viruses and worms is to get a good virus scan and keep current backups of critical data.

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