Detailed Instructions

List membership is free to all paid-up members of MLFHS. You MUST be a member of the list to receive list messages from and to post messages to the list. It is, however, possible for the list administrator to forward a message to the list from a non-member if this is considered appropriate (e.g. some FFHS announcements).

This page provides detailed instructions on the use of the list and the tools available to you to manage your list membership.


Contents

Subscribing to the e-mail list The member interface
  Accessing the member interface
Sending messages to the list Unsubscribing
Why don't my messages appear on the list? Password reminder
   
Can I get a virus from a list message? Logging into the member interface
  Changing your e-mail address
  Changing your password
  Disable/Enable mail delivery
  Selecting single or digest mailings
  Registering multiple addresses
   
   

Subscribing to the E-mail List


To join the list:

First ensure that you have cookies ENABLED. The system will not operate correctly if they are disabled.

Click the link Click here to join the list or to change your list details to access the sign-up page and scroll down to the section headed 'Subscribing to MLFHS'.

Your application will be sent to the list moderator for approval. When it is approved, you will receive an e-mail from the system. This contains a link to the system. Click this link. Your browser will open with a confirmation message. You are now a member of the list. Please note that you MUST do this within three days of the message arriving.

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The Member Interface


The member interface to the e-mail list system allows registered members to unsubscribe, to get a password reminder,  to change e-mail address and password,  to suspend mail delivery during a holiday and to change between delivery of individual messages or 'digests'. All of these changes can be made without the need to involve the system administrator. Some functions require you to log into the user interface using your password.

 Accessing the member interface

To access the member interface:

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The following functions do not require you to log in


Unsubscribing
You should ONLY unsubscribe if you wish to leave the list permanently. If you wish to stop list messages arriving for a short period, for example when you are on holiday, you should suspend mail delivery as described below.

To unsubscribe:

An e-mail will be sent to your registered address. This contains a link to the system. Click this link. Your browser will open with a confirmation message. You are now no longer a member of the list. Please note that you MUST do this within three days of the message arriving.

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Password Reminder
If you are having difficulty logging into the member interface, please note that the password is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as it was originally specified when you joined the list or last changed your password. If you still have difficulty, you can get a password reminder mailed to your registered e-mail address.

To obtain a password reminder:

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Logging into the Member Interface

To log into the member interface:

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The following functions require you to log in using your password


Changing your e-mail address
If you change your Internet Service Provider (ISP) it is likely your e-mail address will also change. Until you change the address registered with the system to your NEW address, list messages will continue to be mailed to your OLD address and messages sent from your new address will be rejected.

To change your e-mail address:

An e-mail will be sent to your registered address. This contains a link to the system. Click this link. Your browser will open with a confirmation message. Your address has now been changed and your old address is no longer valid. Please note that you MUST do this within three days of the message arriving.

If you wish temporarily to have both old and new addresses registered on the system, see 'Registering two addresses' below. This can sometimes be useful if you are having teething troubles with a new ISP.

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Changing your password
You may occasionally wish to change your password either for security reasons or to replace the password with something more memorable.

To change your password:

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Disable/Enable mail delivery
You may occasionally wish to stop list messages arriving, for example while you are away on holiday. The following method retains your membership of the list. If you wish to stop messages PERMANENTLY then Unsubscribe as described above.

To enable or disable mail delivery:

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Selecting single or digest mailings
You have the option of receiving each message posted to the list separately or receiving 'digest' messages which contain several individual messages in a single e-mail. By default delivery is set to individual messages.

To select digest mail delivery:

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Registering Multiple Addresses


Although most members will find registering a single address adequate, it may sometimes be desirable to register two or more addresses. For example:

To register an additional address:

You will now be able to send mail from either address and you will also receive copies of each list message to BOTH addresses.

If you wish to only receive one copy of each list message:

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Sending Messages to the List

Messages to the list should be addressed to mlfhs@genuki.org.uk

You are advised to format your messages as TEXT and NOT as HTML. All messages will be delivered in TEXT format regardless of how they were sent

Do not attach any files to your messages. These will be removed by the system.


Why don't my messages appear on the list?

Messages posted to the list address should be delivered to list members, including a copy to the sender) within a matter of minutes. If you post a message and you do not receive a copy (and you are receiving list messages from other members) there may be several possible causes:

Alternatively, you may not be receiving ANY messages from the list, in which case possible causes are:


Can I get a virus from a list message?

The simple and unequivocal answer is NO! Viruses are mailed as files attached to e-mail messages and the list system removes any attachments before distributing messages to members.

However, there are two circumstances in which you may be exposed to risk:

You should NEVER participate in e-mail unless you have anti-virus software installed on your PC and keep this up to date with regular virus signature updates. This will ensure that you are kept safe from virus infections from incoming messages and that you do not pass infections on to other people.