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      Monthly IguanaMail Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
      Last updated: 09/22/2002

      Since so many members lose or delete the Welcome letter they received when they joined the IML, this FAQ will reiterate some of the key information you need to know to participate on the IML and manage your mailing list account(s) at Yahoogroups.

      This FAQ will be posted to the IML at the beginning of every month. This FAQ is excerpted from the Welcome letter. You can find the full text of the Welcome letter in the IML Files > Administrative Files folder (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IguanaMail/files/AdministrativeFiles/).


      Contents
      =======
      - Before You Post Your First Message... (how to quickly conquer 'Net Newbie Syndrome)
      - The Rules (or, how to stay on the list and make it an enjoyable place to be)
      - Uploading Files and Photos
      - Get To Know Your Member Center Page at groups.yahoo.com (just what it says)
      - Account Status Changes (subscribe, unsubscribe, digest, no mail; sending IML mail)


      Before You Post Your First Message...
      ==============================

      Most U.S. and Canadian members of this list are used to having unlimited online time for a fixed monthly fee. Some people in the US and Canada, and most internet and email users living in the rest of the world, still have to pay per-minute online connect time charges. This can get quite expensive with large email discussion lists such as IML, and so the IML Moderators have established rules and guidelines to try to keep the amount of wasted bandwidth (unnecessary text and mail) to a minimum.

      Since we are all in this IML community together, we ask that everyone respect these guidelines and abide by the rules.

      Guidelines:
      While all reasonable and iguana-related questions are welcomed, it can be a waste of bandwidth (and excessively expensive for those who are paying for connect time) to ask very basic questions, or overly broad questions.

      If you are new to iguanas, rather than start out by asking "Tell me everything I need to know about my new iguana!", you can help yourself and the folks on the list by doing some reading on the subject first and then come to the list with specific questions. The answers you receive will then make a lot more sense to you with the background information you will by then have acquired through the reading.

      The Moderators encourage iguana owners (and prospective owners) to read three excellent resources by experienced iguana keepers, available on the World Wide Web:

      Adam Britton's "Wong's Green Iguana Heaven"
      http://milagros.net/caiman/

      Melissa Kaplan's Giant Green Iguana Information Collection
      http://anapsid.org/iguana

      Jennifer Swofford's Iguana Manual
      http://www.baskingspot.com/iguanas/

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Other Useful Articles and Sites for Internet, Email, and World Wide Web (WWW) Newbies:

      Emoticons & Abbreviations: find out what people mean when they use all that weird punctuation and acronyms (www.anapsid.org/internet/smileys.html)

      'Netiquette (Internet etiquette) is important if you want to get along and communicate effectively by email and in forums. You'll get yourself on the right track by reading the following articles:

      Netiquette http://redtail.unm.edu/cp/netiquette.html

      Introduction to Network Etiquette http://jade.wabash.edu/wabnet/info/netiquet.htm

      The Art of Getting Help www.anapsid.org/internet/artofhelp.html

      Finding Information: Everything you might ever want to know is not yet on the WWW. Sometimes, you need to hit the hard stuff: books, journals, magazines, etc. Some basic on- and off-line research source suggestions can be found in the article "Researching Herp Information", at www.anapsid.org/resources/research.html.


      The Rules
      ========
      A common misconception about the Internet/World Wide Web is that anything goes, that anyone can say anything to anyone at anytime. If this has been your understanding, think again! ;) In fact, from the time you first access your online account, whether it is through a commercial service such as AOL, your employer's Internet account, or through an independent internet service provider, you have--knowingly or unknowingly--agreed to certain limitations on your online behavior.

      By remaining subscribed to the Iguana Mail List, you give your tacit agreement that you will abide by the rules stated by the list owners/Moderators, in the Welcome letter as well as in any administrative posts [ADMIN] that may be posted to the list from time to time.

      The rules for IML are:

      1. Use specific subject lines, like "Need help finding reptile vet in St Louis MO" instead of "Help!". If you get the Digest form of the IML, make sure you change the Subject line from "Re: IguanaMail Digest XX" to the subject line of the post to which you are responding. You can easily do that by deleting the "Re: IguanaMail Digest XX" from the Subject field of your response, copying the subject line text of the post you are responding to, and pasting it into the Subject field.

      2. DON'T QUOTE ENTIRE LETTERS IN YOUR RESPONSE - just the fewest lines necessary so that the rest of the listmembers know what you are talking about but they aren't overwhelmed with text they've already read. MEMBERS WHO REGULARLY FAIL TO DELETE EXCESSIVE QUOTATIONS WILL BE PUT ON PREMODERATED STATUS AND THEIR POSTS WILL BE REJECTED. The only way for those members to get their posts posted will be for them to edit them properly and resubmit them. If you still aren't sure how to edit, see the Editing Posts article in the http://www.egroups.com/files/IguanaMail/AdministrativeFiles folder.

      3. Keep posts on-topic. While some straying from the topic, if it otherwise is of interest to IMLers, may be acceptable for limited periods of time, in general off-topic questions and responses should be handled by private email between IMLers. If posts stray too far afield, the list will be asked to take it to private email. If it doesn't stop, the Moderators will contact the posters directly. Continued disregard for this can result in termination from the list.

      If you are looking for care information for other types of reptiles, don't post to the IML. Instead, check out Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care (www.anapsid.org) and Jen Swofford's Basking Spot (www.baskingspot.com).

      4. Do not attach documents, viruses, or graphics files to IML posts. Do not send your mail to the list coded in rich text format (bolding, italics, stationery, etc.). Do not send your postings in HTML format (check your email options to code your outgoing IML posts to text or plain text only). YahooGroups strips off attachments and the list is coded to be transmitted in plain text, so you'll only be wasting your time. ;)

      5. Do NOT forward mail to the IML that you received from another list.

      6. Do not send copies (CC) of posts to the IML and to other lists. If you must send a posting to multiple lists, then put all of the email addresses in the blind copy (BCC) field.

      7. Deliberately posting to the IML any email sent to you (or email forwarded to you by someone) is inappropriate and may be cause for termination from the list.

      8. Treat IMLers as if they were cherished friends, not family members at whom you are ticked off. Being polite will keep all communications more pleasant for all list subscribers, not just those participating in a particular discussion.

      9. Play nice. Attack issues, not people. It is fine to disagree with people, but do so politely. Passion is fine. Anger, baiting, harassing, flaming, trolling and engaging in disruptive communications will result in being terminated from the list.

      10. If there are things that annoy and irritate you when done by other people on other email lists, don't do them on our list.

      11. While this may sound like a lot of negatives, the Iguanas Mailing List has been - and can continue to be - a lot of fun. While caring for iguanas is a serious matter requiring learning things you never thought you'd ever need to know (let alone all because of that tiny green lizard you brought home!), living with iguanas can be a lot of fun. So feel free to share that fun and sense of wonder, as well as the frustrations...just do it nicely!

      12. When the Moderators state that a thread is closed, it is closed. Period. End of discussion. If you disagree or have a problem with the Moderators decision, take it up with the Moderators directly. Do not take it to list. Mailing Lists are not a democracy, not with over 1200 people participating on them.

      FAILURE TO HANDLE THESE ADMINISTRATIVE DISAGREEMENTS APPROPRIATELY MAY RESULT IN BEING PLACED IN MODERATED STATUS OR BEING TERMIANTED FROM THE IML.

      13. Do NOT send forwarded or other warnings of viruses to the list. Do everyone in your address book a big favor and check out such mailings you receive from your well-meaning (or irritating) friends. Check out viruses on Symantec's Virus & Hoax Encyclopedia at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/vinfodb.html. For email about things like the post office charging for email and "Free Coke/Jeans/Whatever!", organ theft rings, etc., check out http://urbanlegends.about.com

      IF YOU SEND THIS JUNK TO THE LIST, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON MODERATED STATUS. For more information, see Melissa Kaplan's Using The Internet resource at www.anapsid.org/internet/

      14. No Solicitations. If you aren't sure what that means, see the No Solicitation section in the Welcome Letter. If you lost your Welcome Letter, you can find a copy online in the http://www.egroups.com/files/IguanaMail/AdministrativeFiles folder.


      Uploading Files and Photos
      =====================

      IML members can upload text files into the IML Files area, and create their own photo folders in the IML Photo area. YahooGroups limits the file and photo space available to each of its mailing lists, so IML members must do their part.

      Files
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/iguanamail/files
      ------
      When uploading files, upload text or PDF files so that everyone, no matter what type of computer they use, will be able to access them. Keep the files relatively small, keeping in mind that some people are paying for online connect time or are working on very slow computers or computer connections.

      Files should be of general interest to at least the majority of the group. If you just want to share information with a few individual members, you should send it to them directly via private email. Once the information is not longer of interest. It should be removed. If members do not remove their own files, the Moderators will be going through the Files area periodically and start deleting files that have been around for while to make room for new files.

      Photos
      http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/IguanaMail/lst
      ---------
      To start with, create your own folder in the Photos area. You will upload your photos into your personal folder. Do not upload all your photos: select a few that are most representative of what you want to show. If you have more you would like to post, periodically delete the existing ones and replace them with new ones, or use one of the many photo album sites available on the net (some are free, most are fee based), or create your own website to display your photos.

      File Size:
      Before uploading your photos, use a graphics compression program to decrease the file size (kb) of your photo. There are many free or low-cost shareware programs that you can download, or a compression utility may come already installed as part of a graphics program that came with or you installed on your computer.

      The final photo file size should be less than 50k; ideally, they should be 25k or less).

      Image Size:
      Keep the image to no larger than 640 x 480 at 72 dpi,

      Image Format:
      The graphic format that best displays photographs to the largest number of users is .jpeg (.jpg).

      Check for graphics compression software downloads at:
      C|Net: http://downloads.cnet.com
      Tucows: www.tucows.com



      Get To Know Your Member Center Page at YahooGroups.com ===============================================

      Launch your web browser and go to the http://groups.yahoo.com website. Enter your name and YahooGroups password in the sign-in box, and you will bring up you're My Groups page with all your YahooGroups mailing lists listed for you to manage, access files, archives, etc.

      Account Status Changes
      ===================
      You can make some changes to email status by email. Send a blank email addressed to the following addresses to make the changes indicated:

      Unsubscribe: IguanaMail-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

      Subscribe: IguanaMail-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

      Going on vacation or know that your life is going to be too busy for a while to be able to keep up with all your IML mail? Then go to the IguanaMail group at your My Groups page and change your account status to "Web Only/No Mail" .

      Want to get just a few emails a day? Then Then go to the IguanaMail group at your My Groups page and change your account status to "Digest". Digests generally have 25 emails bundled up in them. If there are 120 posts sent to the IML on one day, digest recipients will receive 5 digest emails (4 with 25 posts, 1 with 20 posts). Digests can be more difficult to read (*especially when people don't edit their posts!) and are a little more time consuming to respond to, but worth it if your incoming mailbox size is limited.


      Sending Mail to IML
      ===============

      To send a new post to IML: IguanaMail@egroups.com

      To send replies to a letter you read, hit the REPLY button on your email program's screen.

      If you have any questions about the administration of the list, you can contact the Moderators by addressing your email to: IguanaMail-owner@egroups.com. If you send the Moderators iguana care-related questions, your email will be forwarded back to you so that you can copy your original text and paste it into a blank email addressed to iguanamail@yahoogroups.com.


      We look forward to seeing you on the lML,

      Your Moderators:
      Alta Brewer
      Liza Daly
      Melissa Kaplan
      Katie Kearns
      Bill Myers
      Roger Van Couwenberghe
    • IguanaMail@yahoogroups.com
      Monthly IguanaMail Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Last updated: 09/22/2002 Since so many members lose or delete the Welcome letter they received when they
      Message 70 of 70 , Apr 1 1:11 PM
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        Monthly IguanaMail Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
        Last updated: 09/22/2002

        Since so many members lose or delete the Welcome letter they received when they joined the IML, this FAQ will reiterate some of the key information you need to know to participate on the IML and manage your mailing list account(s) at Yahoogroups.

        This FAQ will be posted to the IML at the beginning of every month. This FAQ is excerpted from the Welcome letter. You can find the full text of the Welcome letter in the IML Files > Administrative Files folder (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IguanaMail/files/AdministrativeFiles/).


        Contents
        =======
        - Before You Post Your First Message... (how to quickly conquer 'Net Newbie Syndrome)
        - The Rules (or, how to stay on the list and make it an enjoyable place to be)
        - Uploading Files and Photos
        - Get To Know Your Member Center Page at groups.yahoo.com (just what it says)
        - Account Status Changes (subscribe, unsubscribe, digest, no mail; sending IML mail)


        Before You Post Your First Message...
        ==============================

        Most U.S. and Canadian members of this list are used to having unlimited online time for a fixed monthly fee. Some people in the US and Canada, and most internet and email users living in the rest of the world, still have to pay per-minute online connect time charges. This can get quite expensive with large email discussion lists such as IML, and so the IML Moderators have established rules and guidelines to try to keep the amount of wasted bandwidth (unnecessary text and mail) to a minimum.

        Since we are all in this IML community together, we ask that everyone respect these guidelines and abide by the rules.

        Guidelines:
        While all reasonable and iguana-related questions are welcomed, it can be a waste of bandwidth (and excessively expensive for those who are paying for connect time) to ask very basic questions, or overly broad questions.

        If you are new to iguanas, rather than start out by asking "Tell me everything I need to know about my new iguana!", you can help yourself and the folks on the list by doing some reading on the subject first and then come to the list with specific questions. The answers you receive will then make a lot more sense to you with the background information you will by then have acquired through the reading.

        The Moderators encourage iguana owners (and prospective owners) to read three excellent resources by experienced iguana keepers, available on the World Wide Web:

        Adam Britton's "Wong's Green Iguana Heaven"
        http://milagros.net/caiman/

        Melissa Kaplan's Giant Green Iguana Information Collection
        http://anapsid.org/iguana

        Jennifer Swofford's Iguana Manual
        http://www.baskingspot.com/iguanas/

        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        Other Useful Articles and Sites for Internet, Email, and World Wide Web (WWW) Newbies:

        Emoticons & Abbreviations: find out what people mean when they use all that weird punctuation and acronyms (www.anapsid.org/internet/smileys.html)

        'Netiquette (Internet etiquette) is important if you want to get along and communicate effectively by email and in forums. You'll get yourself on the right track by reading the following articles:

        Netiquette http://redtail.unm.edu/cp/netiquette.html

        Introduction to Network Etiquette http://jade.wabash.edu/wabnet/info/netiquet.htm

        The Art of Getting Help www.anapsid.org/internet/artofhelp.html

        Finding Information: Everything you might ever want to know is not yet on the WWW. Sometimes, you need to hit the hard stuff: books, journals, magazines, etc. Some basic on- and off-line research source suggestions can be found in the article "Researching Herp Information", at www.anapsid.org/resources/research.html.


        The Rules
        ========
        A common misconception about the Internet/World Wide Web is that anything goes, that anyone can say anything to anyone at anytime. If this has been your understanding, think again! ;) In fact, from the time you first access your online account, whether it is through a commercial service such as AOL, your employer's Internet account, or through an independent internet service provider, you have--knowingly or unknowingly--agreed to certain limitations on your online behavior.

        By remaining subscribed to the Iguana Mail List, you give your tacit agreement that you will abide by the rules stated by the list owners/Moderators, in the Welcome letter as well as in any administrative posts [ADMIN] that may be posted to the list from time to time.

        The rules for IML are:

        1. Use specific subject lines, like "Need help finding reptile vet in St Louis MO" instead of "Help!". If you get the Digest form of the IML, make sure you change the Subject line from "Re: IguanaMail Digest XX" to the subject line of the post to which you are responding. You can easily do that by deleting the "Re: IguanaMail Digest XX" from the Subject field of your response, copying the subject line text of the post you are responding to, and pasting it into the Subject field.

        2. DON'T QUOTE ENTIRE LETTERS IN YOUR RESPONSE - just the fewest lines necessary so that the rest of the listmembers know what you are talking about but they aren't overwhelmed with text they've already read. MEMBERS WHO REGULARLY FAIL TO DELETE EXCESSIVE QUOTATIONS WILL BE PUT ON PREMODERATED STATUS AND THEIR POSTS WILL BE REJECTED. The only way for those members to get their posts posted will be for them to edit them properly and resubmit them. If you still aren't sure how to edit, see the Editing Posts article in the http://www.egroups.com/files/IguanaMail/AdministrativeFiles folder.

        3. Keep posts on-topic. While some straying from the topic, if it otherwise is of interest to IMLers, may be acceptable for limited periods of time, in general off-topic questions and responses should be handled by private email between IMLers. If posts stray too far afield, the list will be asked to take it to private email. If it doesn't stop, the Moderators will contact the posters directly. Continued disregard for this can result in termination from the list.

        If you are looking for care information for other types of reptiles, don't post to the IML. Instead, check out Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care (www.anapsid.org) and Jen Swofford's Basking Spot (www.baskingspot.com).

        4. Do not attach documents, viruses, or graphics files to IML posts. Do not send your mail to the list coded in rich text format (bolding, italics, stationery, etc.). Do not send your postings in HTML format (check your email options to code your outgoing IML posts to text or plain text only). YahooGroups strips off attachments and the list is coded to be transmitted in plain text, so you'll only be wasting your time. ;)

        5. Do NOT forward mail to the IML that you received from another list.

        6. Do not send copies (CC) of posts to the IML and to other lists. If you must send a posting to multiple lists, then put all of the email addresses in the blind copy (BCC) field.

        7. Deliberately posting to the IML any email sent to you (or email forwarded to you by someone) is inappropriate and may be cause for termination from the list.

        8. Treat IMLers as if they were cherished friends, not family members at whom you are ticked off. Being polite will keep all communications more pleasant for all list subscribers, not just those participating in a particular discussion.

        9. Play nice. Attack issues, not people. It is fine to disagree with people, but do so politely. Passion is fine. Anger, baiting, harassing, flaming, trolling and engaging in disruptive communications will result in being terminated from the list.

        10. If there are things that annoy and irritate you when done by other people on other email lists, don't do them on our list.

        11. While this may sound like a lot of negatives, the Iguanas Mailing List has been - and can continue to be - a lot of fun. While caring for iguanas is a serious matter requiring learning things you never thought you'd ever need to know (let alone all because of that tiny green lizard you brought home!), living with iguanas can be a lot of fun. So feel free to share that fun and sense of wonder, as well as the frustrations...just do it nicely!

        12. When the Moderators state that a thread is closed, it is closed. Period. End of discussion. If you disagree or have a problem with the Moderators decision, take it up with the Moderators directly. Do not take it to list. Mailing Lists are not a democracy, not with over 1200 people participating on them.

        FAILURE TO HANDLE THESE ADMINISTRATIVE DISAGREEMENTS APPROPRIATELY MAY RESULT IN BEING PLACED IN MODERATED STATUS OR BEING TERMIANTED FROM THE IML.

        13. Do NOT send forwarded or other warnings of viruses to the list. Do everyone in your address book a big favor and check out such mailings you receive from your well-meaning (or irritating) friends. Check out viruses on Symantec's Virus & Hoax Encyclopedia at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/vinfodb.html. For email about things like the post office charging for email and "Free Coke/Jeans/Whatever!", organ theft rings, etc., check out http://urbanlegends.about.com

        IF YOU SEND THIS JUNK TO THE LIST, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON MODERATED STATUS. For more information, see Melissa Kaplan's Using The Internet resource at www.anapsid.org/internet/

        14. No Solicitations. If you aren't sure what that means, see the No Solicitation section in the Welcome Letter. If you lost your Welcome Letter, you can find a copy online in the http://www.egroups.com/files/IguanaMail/AdministrativeFiles folder.


        Uploading Files and Photos
        =====================

        IML members can upload text files into the IML Files area, and create their own photo folders in the IML Photo area. YahooGroups limits the file and photo space available to each of its mailing lists, so IML members must do their part.

        Files
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/iguanamail/files
        ------
        When uploading files, upload text or PDF files so that everyone, no matter what type of computer they use, will be able to access them. Keep the files relatively small, keeping in mind that some people are paying for online connect time or are working on very slow computers or computer connections.

        Files should be of general interest to at least the majority of the group. If you just want to share information with a few individual members, you should send it to them directly via private email. Once the information is not longer of interest. It should be removed. If members do not remove their own files, the Moderators will be going through the Files area periodically and start deleting files that have been around for while to make room for new files.

        Photos
        http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/IguanaMail/lst
        ---------
        To start with, create your own folder in the Photos area. You will upload your photos into your personal folder. Do not upload all your photos: select a few that are most representative of what you want to show. If you have more you would like to post, periodically delete the existing ones and replace them with new ones, or use one of the many photo album sites available on the net (some are free, most are fee based), or create your own website to display your photos.

        File Size:
        Before uploading your photos, use a graphics compression program to decrease the file size (kb) of your photo. There are many free or low-cost shareware programs that you can download, or a compression utility may come already installed as part of a graphics program that came with or you installed on your computer.

        The final photo file size should be less than 50k; ideally, they should be 25k or less).

        Image Size:
        Keep the image to no larger than 640 x 480 at 72 dpi,

        Image Format:
        The graphic format that best displays photographs to the largest number of users is .jpeg (.jpg).

        Check for graphics compression software downloads at:
        C|Net: http://downloads.cnet.com
        Tucows: www.tucows.com



        Get To Know Your Member Center Page at YahooGroups.com ===============================================

        Launch your web browser and go to the http://groups.yahoo.com website. Enter your name and YahooGroups password in the sign-in box, and you will bring up you're My Groups page with all your YahooGroups mailing lists listed for you to manage, access files, archives, etc.

        Account Status Changes
        ===================
        You can make some changes to email status by email. Send a blank email addressed to the following addresses to make the changes indicated:

        Unsubscribe: IguanaMail-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

        Subscribe: IguanaMail-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

        Going on vacation or know that your life is going to be too busy for a while to be able to keep up with all your IML mail? Then go to the IguanaMail group at your My Groups page and change your account status to "Web Only/No Mail" .

        Want to get just a few emails a day? Then Then go to the IguanaMail group at your My Groups page and change your account status to "Digest". Digests generally have 25 emails bundled up in them. If there are 120 posts sent to the IML on one day, digest recipients will receive 5 digest emails (4 with 25 posts, 1 with 20 posts). Digests can be more difficult to read (*especially when people don't edit their posts!) and are a little more time consuming to respond to, but worth it if your incoming mailbox size is limited.


        Sending Mail to IML
        ===============

        To send a new post to IML: IguanaMail@egroups.com

        To send replies to a letter you read, hit the REPLY button on your email program's screen.

        If you have any questions about the administration of the list, you can contact the Moderators by addressing your email to: IguanaMail-owner@egroups.com. If you send the Moderators iguana care-related questions, your email will be forwarded back to you so that you can copy your original text and paste it into a blank email addressed to iguanamail@yahoogroups.com.


        We look forward to seeing you on the lML,

        Your Moderators:
        Alta Brewer
        Liza Daly
        Melissa Kaplan
        Katie Kearns
        Bill Myers
        Roger Van Couwenberghe
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