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1. Q0: What is the base part of the email address of the origami list?

The base part of the email address (after the at sign) is:
   lists.digitalorigami.com

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2. Q1: How do I subscribe to this group?

You may subscribe to this list by sending a mail to:
   origami-join at the base part of the email address
The subject and body of the message will be ignored, so it doesn't matter what you put there.

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3. Q2: How do I send a mail to the members of the mailing list?

To send a mail to the list and have it resent to all subscribers send it to:
   origami at the base part of the email address
and specify an appropriate subject. See also Q8.

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4. Q3: How do I get help about the listserver?

You may get help from the listserver at:
   http://lists.digitalorigami.com/mailman/listinfo/origami

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5. Q4: How do I unsubscribe from this group?

You may unsubscribe from this list sending a mail to:
   origami-leave at the base part of the email address
The subject and body of the message will be ignored, so it doesn't matter what you put there.

See also the answer to the next question, if the unsubscribe is not effectuated within a reasonable time (some days).

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6. Q5: I get all message twice. How do I correct this?

When system personal have reorganised your mail region (for some reason) it is possible that your email address is changed. You then have to resubscribe to be able to send messages to the list.
If you didn't unsubscribe before the reorganisation you are twice on the list, and can't unsubscribe your old address your self.

In that cases, send a mail to the list owners:

   origami-owner at the base part of the email address
mentioning which email address to remove from the list.
The list owners are human beings with a limited amount of time, so be patient while awaiting your deletion from the list.

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7. Q6: I dont like getting all messages spread over the day. What can I do?

The question had been raised as to what the "digest" version of this mailing is all about.
The list server for this newsletter takes all our communications to it, removes all the front addresses, leaves only the senders name and subject. It then takes all the letters and sends them out as a group.
Since I did this, my internet time to receive this mailing has been cut by 50%.
How do you do it???
Send mail to:
   origami-request at the base part of the email address
Do not list any subject ..... leave the line blank. In the normal body of the letter enter:
   set digest plain
The next mailing that is made will be in this form.

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8. Q7: Are there more mailing lists on Origami?

The list was originally started (May 1988) at the origami-request at cs dot utexas dot edu address by Brad Blumenthal. When he got another job the list was moved over to the origami-l at nstn dot ca address. And still later (Februari 1998) the list was moved to origami at lists.digitalorigami.com.

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9. Q8: Do I need to specify an appropriate subject?

Yes. The subject should be relevant to the message. That's because you can query the archived mail via email. See the files FAQ.
So when you reply to a mail instead of sending a new mail just because you don't want to type the list address, you should change the subject to an appropriate text.

Especially for the VAX computer users:

   Type:
      reply/subject="xxx"
   where xxx is the new subject. The procedure then continues as a reply.
Incorrent subject lines are very confusing, especially when they appear in a folder directory.

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10. Q9: I don't get any messages any more. What should I do?

There are two possibilities:
   You are set to 'delivery off'
   You are unsubscirbed
Both may happen without your intervention. The listserver is no bug free. If you send a message to the list when you are not subscribed (any more) you'll get a message telling 'you are not subscribed'.
When you don't get a message like this and don't get any message you probably are set to postpone. You may correct this by sending mail to:
   origami-request at the base part of the email address
Do not list any subject ..... leave the line blank. In the normal body of the letter enter:
   set delivery on

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11. Q10: How do I stop the mail from this list temporarily (on holiday)?

When you don't want to receive email from the list for a while (when you are on holidays) you may proceed in two ways: To stop the email temporarily send mail to:
   origami-request at the base part of the email address
Do not list any subject ..... leave the line blank. In the normal body of the letter enter:
   set delivery off
When you are back again proceed as described in Q9.

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