Re: Help in Subscribing through AOL
Sat, 25 Jun 1994 17:56:29 EDT
Joyce, and others ...
Please bypass if not interested in commercial online services.
Depending on perspective, America Online and its interface to SCOUTS-L are
both better and worse that Mike Walton suggests. We have at least two dozen
AOL users linked into SCOUTS-L, and now have direct interface with
I would be happy to help your friend, though he/she would subscribe from
America Online in just the same way - I suspect - that you subscribe from
your university account: it's a standard message to the LISTSERVer, just
I'll not describe our screens and menus, they are unique to each supported
system type: DOS and Windows and Mac and so on each have a different user
interface. The basic commands to Internet from an AOL account are sent in an
E-Mail message using this guide below.
[copies: any you wish, I like to 'blind' copy myself]
[subject: cannot be blank on AOL, I usually use the first word in the body]
[body: take your choices from among these 'top hits':]
[start subscription] SUBSCRIBE SCOUTS-L [your name here, no delimiters]
[daily collection] SET SCOUTS-L DIGESTS
[participant list] REVIEW SCOUTS-L
[library index] INDEX SCOUTS-L
[commands reference] INFO REFCARD
[quit subscription] SIGNOFF SCOUTS-L
[signature, disclaimer, quotes: none please, blows LISTSERVer transistors]
Your friend may also be interested in the Scouting Online Forum on AOL, the
'keywords' to reach it directly (except for Apple ][ computers) are SCOUTS or
SCOUTING. If you'll have your friend contact me, I can provide other and
more detailed information. We are sharing with all youth groups, just as
SCOUTS-L does, and do not limit scope to WOSM or WAGGGS.
Mike Walton suggests that,
<on "short days", like this one, he would get about 15 messages. on "long
days", he will get upwards of 30 messages.>
This supposed short day had 32 messages in my digest. The average, Mon-Fri,
over the past 4 weeks has been 33, only once below 21. The average, Sat-Sun,
when university accounts are not as readily accessible, is 9. I just can't
handle that many messages and still do my other work, but the digest scans
nicely with the first cuppa.
The LISTSERVer Digests from SCOUTS-L work fine for us, and no messages are
lost. If a day's traffic runs beyond 20K or so (often), it is partitioned
into several packets, but the 'cut' is clean, and clearly marked. And we do
have 9600 baud links to a great many locales. I am a firm believer in
Digests, in part because the Internet header (for us, it becomes the trailer)
is not stuck on every message. It seems to add up faster when the AOL
account gets billed, and it's your own hard disk that is being filled.
If your friend decides to go for Digests, I would recommend also using the
AOL "FlashSessions" feature, which allows that digest to be brought directly
and automatically into his/her system at some strange hour of the early morn.
Outbound mail can also be deferred and sent automatically. (This particular
message will go in just that way.) There is no need to constantly
connect/disconnect and to monitor screens as bytes fly through the E-Void;
let the computer do the things it was designed for, and leave the application
of intelligence to the user.
- Pat Skelly, "ScoutLdr@AOL.com",
for the Scouting Online Forum, America Online
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City