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    Dear Biomch-L readers,

    Usually, email accounts are changed, started, or terminated by the end of a
    month, especially at the end of a quarter or year. The large amount of error
    messages obtained by the moderators of Biomch-L at the beginning of January
    caused by failed postings to no longer existing or otherwise inaccessible
    addresses motivates the following requests:

    If your account is about to be terminated, PLEASE sign off from all lists
    that you have subscribed to, lest the local management staff has to send
    a SIGNOFF (GLOBAL to all LISTSERVers world-wide and/or list moderators have
    to find out via private notes to local postmasters that you are no longer
    around. While this certainly works (contact person addresses are usually
    Postmaster@site_id on the Internet, and can be retrieved for bitnet sites
    via the command GET NODENTRY site_id to the nearest NETSERVer, e.g.,
    NETSERV@HEARN.BITNET), it is an unnecessary load on list moderators and
    site contact persons.

    If you move to another place, and if you get a new user_id and/or site_id,
    you might check with your old site's management staff whether there is a
    SET FORWARD facility on the local mailer which could be used until mail to
    the old address peters out (this, for example, is the case with my old

    If you are to be absent for a prolonged period (vacation, conference) and
    if your disk quota are limited, you may run the risk of receiving so much
    mail that your disk quota are reached. In many mailers, this will result
    in bounced postings that might even cause the moderator's disk quota to
    overflow ... In that case, PLEASE sign off or, preferably, issue the
    request SET BIOMCH-L NOMAIL to LISTSERV@HEARN.BITNET (for Internet sub-
    scribers, to LISTSERV@NIC.SURFNET.NL) before you leave. After return,
    just resubscribe or issue SET BIOMCH-L MAIL. (NB: if you merely wish
    to change your personal name, just reissue a SUBSCRIBE command with the
    new name; this will result in the appropriate modification for the
    implied user_id@site_id).

    Missed postings can be obtained from the LISTERVers' archives, by sending
    the request GET list_name LOGyymm to the LISTSERVer, where yy is 89 ... 91,
    and mm = 01 ... 12 (earliest archive for our list: BIOMCH-L LOG8906); there
    are similar commands if archives are generated annually or weekly.

    With kind regards,

    Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL.