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    Dear Colleagues,

    One of the advantages of LISTSERV/LISTEARN-based email lists like ours is
    the possibility of being identifiable as a subscriber. Unless you opted
    for remaining an anonymous subscriber (3 out of 285 at the present time),
    your email address and personal name can be retrieved (by fellow subscri-
    bers only!) via the command

    review biomch-l (countries

    to LISTSERV@HEARN.BITNET (if you subscribed through an EARN/BITNET mailer)
    or LISTSERV@NIC.SURFNET.NL (if you subscribed through another mailer). In
    reply, you will receive the lists' profile, the list of all subscribers, and
    a country-wise breakdown of all subscribers. This breakdown is specific for
    EARN/BITNET addresses, while adresses on other networks (Internet, UUCP/EUNET,
    JANET, etc.) are lumped into one or more ?? categories: the LISTSERVER merely
    handles EARN/BITNET country specifications. For EARN/BITNET subscribers, the
    reply is usually received as a NETDATA file which may require other reception
    activities than email (e.g., when using JNET mailer s/w on VAX/VMS-machines
    like the present one, use the RECEIVE utility); for other subscribers, there
    is no difference.

    For EARN/BITNET addresses, it is relatively easy to obtain further details on
    a subscriber's email site. Such information is available from an information
    server NETSERV quite similar to the file retrieval component of LISTSERV/LIST-
    EARN. This facility is available to all email users, whether or not on EARN/

    A current list of EARN/BITNET nodes can be obtained by sending the request
    GET BITNET NODELST (without an "I") to NETSERV@HEARN.BITNET or to any NET-
    SERVer closer to you. If you don't know which one is closer to you (usually,
    you should find one at the National Backbone for EARN/ BITNET), NETSERV@HEARN
    will honour your request and inform you which NETSERVer should be used at
    future occasions.

    If you want to know more about a specific EARN/BITNET node, e.g., HNYKUN53,
    you should send the request GET NODENTRY node_id, also to your nearby NET-
    SERVer. If the node is known at the NETSERVer (brand-new or relatively
    "small" nodes may not be known world-wide, so it might be useful then to
    address the relevant, national/state/provincial NETSERVer), you will receive
    a dataset containing postal addresses, type of machine and networking mode,
    names and telephone numbers of directors, postmasters, contact persons, etc.
    This is particularly helpful if some user_id at that node cannot be reached.
    Often, the address POSTMAST@node_id will work (similar to the Internet's
    convention postmaster@subsubdomain.subdomain.domain), but there is no
    guarantee that this will always work. The approximate location of any EARN/
    BITNET site can be obtained by "tracking" it to its nearby link mentioned
    in the BITNET NODELST file.

    In order to facilitate identifiability of subscribers w.r.t. each other,
    I would suggest that you all consider changing your name on the listserver
    by adding your affiliation and/or location (in my case, Eindhoven/NL). This
    can be done by simply "resubscribing" using the command

    subscribe biomch-l firstname lastname (affiliation/place/country)

    to LISTSERV@HEARN or LISTSERV@NIC.SURFNET.NL ( n o t to Biomch-L at these
    sites!): "resubscribing" from an already subscribing address is interpreted
    by the LISTSERVer as a name change only. Please limit the length of the name
    and claryfying entry to 40 characters or less, including spaces.

    If you are on an EARN/BITNET address, try to avoid resubscribing by inter-
    active messages because of address mapping and lower-case/higher-case con-
    version problems, and especially so if you are on a (VAX/VMS) cluster with
    different "site_id's" tied to one "node_id". The best approach is to (re-)
    subscribe by sending an electronic mail request -- this is also more secure,
    since interactive messages may get lost without feedback to their sender that
    something has gone wrong. For "store-and-forward" email, the chances for
    such problems are much smaller.

    With kind regards,

    Herman J. Woltring, co-moderator Biomch-L.