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Message no. 1
From: Fro <fro@***.AB.CA>
Subject: ShadowRN FAQ Part 1
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 21:36:26 -0700
ShadowRN FAQ, Part I

Last modified Dec 18 1996

Version 1.0a
You will note that this first part contains only brief information
on the subject of the mailing list, as well as information on how to
subscribe and unsubscribe from the list. Additional information
will be provided in Parts II and III of the FAQ, which is mailed to
new subscribers and periodically posted to the list.

Please note that there are some major changes in this version of the
FAQ, due to the lists being moved from HEARN to iTribe, and some
list software changes at iTribe.

You will also note that this FAQ _does not_ contain information
about the Shadowrun game spcifically. This FAQ is dedicated to the
list itself and serves as an introduction to the community created
by list-discussion.

Thanks for your interest,

Virtually, The SHADOWRN Listowners
Mark Imbriaco <mark@******.net> "New Fearless Leader"
Adam Jury <fro@***> "Assistant Fearless Leader"


Frequently Asked Questions for SHADOWRN@***

Originally compiled, Robert A. Hayden
With editing and additions by J.D. Falk and Adam Jury

The current version of this file can always be found as listed

The ShadowRN and NERPS FAQ's will be available at Fro's page: soon! Until then, please email
fro@*** to request the current version of this faq.

There is a copyright notice at the bottom of each section of this

Part I: Subscription FAQ


1. What is SHADOWRN?
2. How do I subscribe to SHADOWRN?
3. How do I post to SHADOWRN?
4. How do I unsubscribe from SHADOWRN?
5. How do I reconfirm my subscription
6. Other Important Listproc-Lite Commands
7. Why am I getting deleted from the list for no reason?
8. Why does the list reject postings from my account?
9. HELP! Mail from the list has stopped coming, but I'm still
10. Is the list down or just quiet today?




What is ShadowRN?

ShadowRN is a discussion list for the role-playing game called
Shadowrun, which is published by FASA.

Shadowrun takes place in Seattle 61 years in the future.
Cybernetics, Virtual Reality, and Biotechnology are available
to the public. Furthermore, Magic exists and is controlled by
mages and shamans, and mythical beings once again roam the
land. Megacorporations, with the power of small nations, rule
the politics and hold the ultimate stranglehold on the
underclass. Surviving in the world of Shadowrun takes as much
courage as it does skill.

And perhaps just a little luck.

How do I subscribe to SHADOWRN?

To subscribe, you must send a control message to the mailing
list processor at To do this, send email with the
following parameters:

TO: listserv@***
SUB: <leave blank>
1st line: SUBscribe shadowrn

In a little while you should get email instructing you how to
confirm your subscription request. Simply follow the
instructions and you will soon start getting regular postings.


How do I post to SHADOWRN?

To post to SHADOWRN, you send your posting via email to


How do I unsubscribe from SHADOWRN?

To unsubscribe, you must send a control message to the mailing
list processor at To do this, send email with the
following parameters:

TO: listserv@***
SUB: <leave blank>
1st line: signoff shadowrn

In a little while you should get email confirming your
unsubscription request.

Other Important LISTSERV-LITE Commands.

There are many commands you can give to the listserv in
order to change how your subscription works.

SET listname REPRO (default):
This command will have the listserv include you in
the distribution of any posting you make (ie, you
get your own things back, too).

SET listname ACK:
This is simply an confirmation of the posting you
just made. It is returned to you in email.

SET listname NOMAIL:
If you are going on vacation or something, sending a
NOMAIL command will halt your receiving any
postings. This is helpful if you know that your
quota will be exceeded during Christmas break, for

WARNING: If you forget to do this and your quota is
exceeded, this will cause all of the postings to be
bounced back to the list, possibly leading to a
loop. The only way to quickly alleviate this
problem is to delete your subscription, so PLEASE
use the NOMAIL command if you are going to be gone
for a while.

SET listname DIGEST:
When this option is set, instead of all of the
postings being delivered separately, they will be
delivered in one mailing at the close of the day (in
Listserv's timezone). This is helpful if the number
of mailings become a burden.

SET listname MAIL (default):
This option is invoked to restore active status
after sending a NOMAIL request, and is also used to
change from DIGEST back to getting all postings

Sending this command will give you a listing and
brief descriptions of all available commands.


Why am I getting deleted from the list for no reason?

99% of the time, the reason you are deleted from the list (by
the listowner or assistant listowner) is because for some
reason mail is bouncing off of your account.

Usually this is caused by one of two things:

* Your account's disk space quota is filled and you can no
longer receive new messages
* For some reason your account is not available (either the
machine or your account is down).

When this happens, it causes an error message to be sent back
to the list. The list software attempts to detect error
messages and route them to the listowner. Sometimes, though,
the error is not detected by the ListServ software and the
error gets reported to the list. This causes the error message
to get sent our to all subscribers, including the person who is
bouncing mail. This leads to a loop that really messes things

Thus, standard procedure when an error message is reported it
to delete the subscription of the person causing the error.

Once the problem has been fixed (you are back on the net or
have room), you are, of course, free to join the list again.


Why does the list reject postings from my account?

As part of some security features, the list will only accept
mailings that come from the same address your subscription is
registered on. This is to prevent non-list people from
flooding the mailboxes of hundreds of people.

Because of this, if you attempt to post from another account or
machine, your message will be rejected. Please read the error
message enclosed with your rejection and determine what you
must do to fix it in the future.


HELP! Mail from the list has stopped coming, but I'm still subscribed!

Mail has an annoying characteristic in that, while most of the
time it is instantaneous, there are times when it can take up
to two weeks to go from one computer to another that is located
ten feet away (much like snail mail, eh?).

If mail suddenly suddenly stops coming, wait at least 48 hours
before you contact the listowner. Very likely a link is down
between you and the list, and as soon as that link comes back
up, you will get all of the old mailings.

Also note that the listowner won't be able to help at all in
terms of mail not arriving. All he can do is to verify that
you are indeed subscribed, anything beyond that is under the
control of someone else.


Is the list down or just quiet?

The mailing list processor at iTribe has a nasty habit of dying
whenever Mark Imbriaco, the administrator there, is busy
working on the things he actually gets paid for. So, every now
and then, the list stops processing messages.

If you think this may have happened, DO NOT send a message to
the list asking if it is down! On one instance in October
1996, about 2 dozen such messages showed up as soon as the list
was working again, and it just wasted everybody's time.

Instead, try sending either "help" or another subscribe request
to listserv@*** If Listserv-Lite is not
working, you won't get any response until Mark has fixed it --
and you won't be cluttering the list with worthless test
messages (only list admins should do that.)


This document is Copyright (c) 1996 by Robert A. Hayden,J.D. Falk,
and Adam Jury allrights reserved. Permission is granted for it to
be reproduced electronically on any system connected to the various
networks which make up the Internet, USENET, and FidoNet so long as
it is reproduced in its entirety (either in two parts as here, or
combined), unedited, and with this copyright notice intact.

Further Reading

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These messages were posted a long time ago on a mailing list far, far away. The copyright to their contents probably lies with the original authors of the individual messages, but since they were published in an electronic forum that anyone could subscribe to, and the logs were available to subscribers and most likely non-subscribers as well, it's felt that re-publishing them here is a kind of public service.