This document is constantly undergoing improvement. If you have information to add which will help the other mail list administrators, please contact Michael@insulin-pumpers.org so your contribution can be added.
The Insulin-Pumper's mail list administrators must read their e-mail daily. You must be prepared to respond to an inquiry on the same or the following day in order to provide effective service to our members. There are usually only 2 to 3 inquiries or new member submissions on any given day so there is not usually a lot to do, it just must be done in a timely fashion.
If you use a freemail service such as juno or hotmail or any other mail service that automatically adds it's own trailer information to the end of each message, YOU CAN NOT ADMINISTER THE MAIL LIST since this information would be added to new member profiles.
The primary duty is to assist members or prospective members of the Insulin-Pumper's mail lists. These duties include:
You can become and administrator by subscribing to the IPfirstname.lastname@example.org mail list. To do this, send the following message to:
email@example.com ---- the message contains the following text ---- subscribe ip-admin end Do NOT copy the line with the dashes
In the event that you plan to be away from your computer or otherwise unable to handle administration chores, simply unsubscribe from the list and further administration messages will be assigned to the next person on the list.
firstname.lastname@example.org --- a message containing --- unsubscribe ip-admin endWhen you are again able to help with membership administration, please subscribe once more to the list. Insulin-Pumpers is run by volunteers and your efforts will help make Insulin-Pumpers successful.
Once a week on Friday evening, the mail server cron daemon runs a task which examines the ip-admin mail list and selects the next available member for administration duties. The list is processed from top to bottom and then the cycle repeats. As mentioned above, if you are gone on business, vacation, or are otherwise unavailable, you need only unsubscribe from the ip-admin list to cancel you commitment. When you return simply subscribe to email@example.com as outlined above to resume administration duties.
To find out what the rotation order is, send this message to:
firstname.lastname@example.org ----containing--- who ip-admin end -----------------This will return a list of the IP-Admin members and the order in which they are assigned. You must find out who is the current administrator and then you will know who will be next.
Bear in mind that as members unsubscribe/subscribe, the order and number of individuals on the list will change so you must retrieve a fresh list each time you check the schedule.
Mail list administrators are by default members of the email@example.com mail list. Help is just an e-mail away. When you run into a problem or situation you are not familiar with, send a message to all the other administrators by mailing your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a member of AOL or other on-line service that does not provide direct internet access, you're stuck with their mail program. Check the special instructions for AOL members. You might want to consider switching to a REAL internet service provider to get better overall service (that doesn't have anything to do with list administration, it's just a good idea). Check TheList.Internet.com for a list of the Internet Service Providers servicing your area, the services they offer and their pricing..
Any e-mail program may be used to administer a majordomo list. However, a full featured program like Eudora Pro or PEGASUS will make the administration task easier. If your mail program is part of a browser suite, or a demo mailer like Eudora Lite, it is recommended that you download and install the freeware mail program, PEGASUS. It is one of the more powerful and full featured e-mail programs now available. You can download PEGASUS from www.pmail.com
The examples and illustrations presented in this document refer to the PEGASUS mailer. Most other e-mail programs support the same functions but without all the bells and whistles.