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  • miamiWINE@yahoogroups.com
    May 2, 2005
      Thank you for being a part of Miami Wine Tasters. The purpose of this message is to provide you with relevant group practices information and etiquette suggestions. Please consider printing this message for future reference.

      We get together periodically at different wine venues around town. We hope you join us. The online contacts are fine, but nothing takes the place of face-to-face discussions with wine on hand. Indhira Limardo (305-588-7909, indhiralimardo@...) is the group's social liaison. She handles all social aspects of the group, like informal tastings, parties, etc. Please contact Indhira with suggestions and requests for group gigs.

      We hope you participate in the group actively. If you know about an upcoming tasting, dinner, function, party, or whatever, *speak up* and tell us about it.

      The group�s primary function is to provide information about wine-related events. If you don�t share your event information, we misallocate a valuable resource: you. So, please don't assume that someone else will post the information you have; others will similarly assume that somebody else will and then nobody does. So, as soon as you get it, post it!

      Similarly, please provide your input about tastings and events you attend, about wines you purchased locally, and in general, about anything else that fits the group's bill. The key is to exchange information among group members. Hey, you may not be Robert Parker, but we want to hear from you.

      The subject of the group is WINE in the MIAMI area. Please keep your postings to that topic. It's OK to take a little latitude in the subjects we discuss, but please stay close to the group's core subject as much as possible.

      If you are sending a message of a primarily private nature, please send it only to its intended recipient. Again, please remember that group messages go to everyone. So, for example, if you are making reservations for a tasting, dinner or other event, please don't post an RSVP to the group; send it privately. The idea is to conserve bandwidth. We all get too many damned e-mail messages as it is; no need to get more unnecessary ones.

      Please remember that this is an unmoderated group. As soon as you press the <enter> key, whatever you wrote in your message goes to everyone. Nobody censors what you say before you say it. So, be judicious in your writing.

      If you use a Yahoo e-mail address (e.g., yourID@...) to receive group e-mails, please consider changing to your real address, or at least, a non-Yahoo address which does not easily overflow with messages and exceeds your disk space quota.

      When you exceed the Yahoo mail storage limit, any e-mails sent to you "bounce". When that happens, the group stops sending you e-mails until you go back and reactivate the account, or until your groupmeister does it (which he prefers not to have to do).

      Go to the "Edit My Membership" link on the upper right hand corner of the group's page, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/miamiWINE/, and change the "Choose the email address that you would like group messages sent to" option to an address which will not bounce your messages.

      If you wish to receive at most one message per day containing all of the day's messages, you can so choose. Simply tell the groupmeister to configure your subscription that way (send your request to LeoBueno@...). However, note that you will not receive message attachments; this is a Yahoo system limitation.

      You can also do it yourself online at the group's web site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/miamiWINE by setting your personal profile option to "Daily digest" at the "Edit My Membership" web link. Note that you need to first register (at the "Register" link) if you are not already registered with Yahoo or "Sign In" if you already are.

      We maintain an archive of daily message digests at http://miamiwine.blogspot.com/ in a web "blog".

      This will give you the opportunity to readily see a day's group messages on a web page. Unfortunately, the digests are in text format, so images and attachments don't show up (to see them, you have to get the individual messages).

      If you wish to unsubscribe from the group, send an e-mail to
      miamiWINE-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com and then respond to the system's unsubscribe confirmation message. You can also unsubscribe at the "Leave Group" web link.

      We all benefit from the critical mass and network effects. The more wine drinkers we have in the group, the more valuable the group becomes to everyone. So, please tell other wine drinkers about the group.

      Again, thanks for being a part of the group. If you have any questions or concerns, please let your humble groupmeister know. We hope you enjoy the discussions and can benefit from the information available in the group.

      Leo Bueno
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