This page contains Frequently Asked Questions for the hash-l international hash newslist. It was put together by Steel Prick, the list administrator and has not been updated, except for some URLs by me, for some time, but the information contained within is still informative and useful. If you have any suggestions for changes or updates, contact Steel Prick.
Subject: HASH-L FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS From: "Steel Prick, Hash-L Manager" Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 15:48:18 -0800 Here's a NEW AND IMPROVED Hash-FAQ...HASH-L FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Current totals (as of 1/98): hash-L 323 subscribers hashsc-L 145 subscribers Thanks to all who provided suggestions. Special thanks to Paul "Flying Booger" Woodford, who actually got out his computer and wrote a couple of these sections. Comments, complaints, corrections, additions? Mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Index of questions: 1. To whom do I turn with hash-l mailing list problems? 2. How do I subscribe to the hash-l mailing list? 3. How do I unsubscribe from the hash-l mailing list? 4. How do I see who's on the hash-l mailing list? 5. I tried to unsubscribe and it didn't work. What's wrong? 6. How do I set digest mode for the mailing list? 7. How do I go back to normal mode once I've set digest mode? 8. I haven't seen any messages in a while. Am I still subscribed? 9. How do I post a message to hash-l? * 10. Where can I find hash contacts? * 11. Where can I find information on hash events? * 12. Where can I find links to hashes on the Internet? * 13. Where can I find information on other hash mailing lists and newsgroups? 14. How do I get archives of old messages? 15. How can I suspend service for a short period? 16. What types of messages are appropriate/inappropriate for hash-l? 17. I got booted off the list. What happened? * Changed since the list was last posted on November 11, 1996
1. To whom do I turn with hash-l mailing list problems?
You can send mail to me, email@example.com. I will try to fix your problem as soon as possible. If you don't hear from me within a day or so, resend your message, as I may not have gotten it, or may have accidentally deleted it. Hell, I might have deleted it on purpose in a fit of pique. We all need to be kicked in the butt from time to time. firstname.lastname@example.org also works for me; it's the same account. Alternatively, you can send mail to email@example.com with the "message" (not the subject) "help" and the list processor program will send you the standard help file. Note: hash-l uses the "listproc" list processing software, which expects commands entered in the body of the message, not in the subject.Return to Index
2. How do I subscribe to the hash-l mailing list?
Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message: subscribe hash-l FirstName HashName LastName substituting the appropriate responses for FirstName, HashName, and LastName, of course. Some hashers like to include their Home Hash in their subscription information, which helps people find contacts in other cities. Example: subscribe hash-l John "Dick Breath, LAH3" SmithReturn to Index
3. How do I unsubscribe from the hash-l mailing list?
Send the message: unsubscribe hash-l to email@example.com: Make sure you send it from the account from which you originally subscribed.Return to Index
4. How do I see who's on the hash-l mailing list?
Send the message: review hash-l to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also a good way of finding out the real names of people you only know through the hash. Try it, you might be surprised that the fascinating and witty hasher Steel Prick has the relatively boring first name Richard.Return to Index
5. I tried to unsubscribe and it didn't work. What's wrong?
You may have sent the mail from the wrong account. Try reviewing the hash-l (see #4, above) list to see which account your hash-l mail actually goes to. If this doesn't work, send mail to me (email@example.com) telling me about the problem and I'll delete you.Return to Index
6. How do I set digest mode for the mailing list?
Digest mode sends you one message a day from hash-l with all of the day's postings in it, rather than sending you each message individually. It's a nice way of scanning through the list to separate the wheat from the shiggy. Send the message: set hash-l mail digest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: some people with flaky mailers have trouble when they switch over to digest in receiving the longer messages, and are getting automatically unsubscribed by the list processor. We're working on it. Actually, that's a lie: I'm ignoring it and hoping it goes away. But let me know if this happens to you; if it becomes a persistent enough problem I'll try to yell at someone to fix it.Return to Index
7. How do I go back to normal mode once I've set digest mode?
Send the message: set hash-l mail to email@example.com.Return to Index
8. I haven't seen any messages in a while. Am I still subscribed?
Try reviewing the list (see #4) to see if you're still there. Resist the temptation to post the message "hello, anyone there" to the mailing list itself. You can also just resubscribe. The server will warn you that you're already subscribed, if you are, or accept your new (re)-subscription, if you're not.Return to Index
9. How do I post a message to hash-l?
Send a mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not post to the address email@example.com. This is an old and out-dated address. You have a greater chance of getting a response to your posting if you include a descriptive subject line. It is also considered good hashetiquette to sign your Hash Name and Home Hash at the end of your post. Please also check out #16 for some rough guidelines about posting content.Return to Index
10. Where can I find hash contacts?
If you want to contact a specific hash kennel or individual and don't have an e-mail address, or if you want to find out if there's a hash somewhere, post a query to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your query in the subject line, i.e., "Looking for San Diego Hash Info," "Trying to Contact So-and-So," "Any Hashes in Iraq?" If you have Internet access, three web pages offer lists of hash contacts in the USA and around the world: Flying Booger's Half-Mind Hash Catalog at (http://www.half-mind.com/) Harrier International Online at (http://kanzelmeyer.simplenet.com/hash/HI/) Stray Dog's Global Trash Page at (http://www.gthhh.com/).Return to Index
11. Where can I find information on hash events?
Most hash events are first announced on hash-l. If you have Internet access, you can find comprehensive calendars of upcoming hash events at two locations: Flying Booger's Half-Mind Hash Catalog at (http://www.half-mind.com/events.htm) Stray Dog's Global Trash Page at (http://www.gthhh.com/).Return to Index
12. Where can I find links to hashes on the Internet?
National & Regional Sites: - African (central & southern) hash contacts AfricaHash Page URL: (http://www.webpro.co.za/clients/afhash/) e-mail: Les Juby (email@example.com) - Australian contacts & events Australia Hash Home Page URL: (http://www.hhh.asn.au/) e-mail: Aussie Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East contacts Eastern Mediterranean Hash Page URL: (http://www.smiley.cy.net/jjackson/eastmed.html) e-mail: Urine (email@example.com) - European contacts & events Bicester HHH Page URL: (http://www.compulink.co.uk/~bicesterh3/) e-mail: Prof (firstname.lastname@example.org) - European hash web page links Stockholm HHH Page URL: (http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/8871/links.html) e-mail: Floater (email@example.com) - Hong Kong contacts & kennel info Hong Kong Hash Page URL: (http://184.108.40.206:80/users/hasher/) (may be dead) e-mail: HK Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) - New Zealand contacts & events New Zealand Nash Hash Page URL: (http://crash.ihug.co.nz/~rodney/hash/) e-mail: Ramblin' Rod (email@example.com) - Swiss & European events Zurich HHH Page URL: (http://www.anasys.ch/mnet/HHH/ZHHH/) e-mail: Likk'mm (firstname.lastname@example.org) - UK contacts & events Bicester HHH Page URL: (http://www.compulink.co.uk/~bicesterh3/) e-mail: Prof (email@example.com) - UK contacts, kennel info UK Hash Directory URL: (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Ian_Mabberley) e-mail: Sheepshagger (firstname.lastname@example.org) - USA contacts & hash map Half-Mind Catalog URL: (http://www.half-mind.com/) e-mail: Flying Booger (email@example.com) International Sites: - International events Half Mind Catalog URL: (http://www.half-mind.com/) e-mail: Flying Booger (firstname.lastname@example.org) - International contacts & events Global Trash URL: (http://www.gthhh.com/) e-mail: Stray Dog (email@example.com) - Links to all hash kennel home pages HHH Links URL: (http://www.essc.psu.edu/~pavloski/hhhlinks.html) e-mail: 3 1/2" Floppy (firstname.lastname@example.org) General Interest Sites: - General hash info, new boot info, songs Springs Harrier Info & Trash URL: (http://www.iex.net/~zippy) e-mail: ZiPpY (email@example.com) - General hash info, hash-l digests Internet HHH Home Page URL: (http://kanzelmeyer.simplenet.com/hash/) e-mail: Beaver Bam Bam Balls (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Hash haberdashery, songs, humor, links Half-Mind Catalog URL: (http://www.half-mind.com/) e-mail: Flying Booger (email@example.com) - Hash links in 3-D Three-D HHH Links Page URL: (http://www.macs.net/users/august/H33D.html) e-mail: Cold Cuts (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Info on hash e-mail lists, newsgroups, etc Internet Hash Resource Guide URL: (http://www.sdsc.edu/~wilkinsn/hashing.internet.html) e-mail: Square Root (email@example.com) - Product ordering info, new boot info, hash history Global Trash Page URL: (http://www.gthhh.com/) e-mail: Stray Dog (firstname.lastname@example.org)Return to Index
13. Where can I find information on other hash mailing lists and newsgroups?
If you have Internet access, see Square Root's Internet Hash Resource Guide at (http://www.sdsc.edu/~wilkinsn/hashing.internet.html). The Hash-L FAQ is also available on several web pages: http://www.compulink.co.uk/~bicesterh3/hashlfaq.html http://www.curtin.edu.au/curtin/dept/wasm/homepage/kbhhh.htm http://kanzelmeyer.simplenet.com/hash/FAQ.htmlReturn to Index
14. How do I get archives of old messages?
(1) Get an index of all of the files in the archive by sending the following message to email@example.com: index hash-l This will give you a list that looks something like: archive: hash-l (path: hash-l) -- Files: log9602c (1 part, 1064431 bytes) -- Kansas City Area Contacts log9602d (1 part, 622265 bytes) -- Takin' a break log9602e (1 part, 229489 bytes) -- Re: NC/SC vs. DC?! log9603a (1 part, 85735 bytes) Take this! log9603b (1 part, 516234 bytes) -- GPH3 Location 3/7 (rest deleted) (2) Search through the listing until you find the one you want, and then request that you want, e.g. send to firstname.lastname@example.org: get hash-l log9602cReturn to Index
15. How can I suspend service for a short period?
Since hash-l has such high bandwidth, if you're not going to be reading email for a few days it is often convenient to suspend the list for that period. This is especially important for AOLers whose mailboxes seem to fill up rapidly, causing email from hash-l to bounce back, which, in turn, causes the list processor to unsubscribe the user. It also sends me about ten billion messages, which makes me even more uptight than normal, if that's possible. Send the message to email@example.com set hash-l mail postpone Once you get back, and want to receive hash-l again, send the message to firstname.lastname@example.org set hash-l mail Alternatively, simply unsubscribe (#3) when you leave, and resubscribe (#2) when you return. That's probably easier. See #17, below.Return to Index
16. What types of messages are appropriate/inappropriate for hash-l?
Let's face it, there are too many rules in life, and one of the nicest parts about the Hash is the opportunity to escape the myriad regulations, restrictions, and ordinances one normally confronts in life. With that in mind, there are no hard and fast rules governing hash-l. But please bear in mind a number of guidelines: Please do not advertise non-hash stuff, like chain letters, pyramid schemes, discount merchandise, etc. This will incur the wrath of the list users. Please also be aware that hashers from all over the world use this newslist but some in the third world have been discouraged from joining because of the low signal to noise ratio. These users have to pay real beer tokens both to their server and the phone company (1 US$ per msg. is not unusual). It would therefore help these hashers if you would exercise some restraint in the length of your postings and do not unnecessarily waste bandwidth.Return to Index
17. I got booted off the list. What happened?
Some Internet service providers, like AOL, provide their customers with very little disk space for their mailboxes, and a high-bandwidth (nerd-speak for lots of messages per day) mailing list like hash-l will easily fill this space up if you don't log in regularly. Therefore, if you know you're going to be out of town for a few days, please either suspend or unsubscribe. I have to read every error message that the list generates. If I see mail messages bounce for more than a few days due to a full mailbox I generally unsubscribe the user, even though I know that the person is probably just out of town and will remedy the situation when he/she returns. This is nothing personal, it just merely means I want to cut down on the amount of time I spend daily on deleting error messages. There are other reasons why a user can get booted off of the list. As I mentioned above, I try not to censor/review/moderate what gets posted. Hell, most of the time I don't even want to read the drivel that passes as repartee here. But, since it is conceivable, however unlikely, that I may be held legally responsible for the content of the list, I reserve the right to delete users whom I feel put me at risk legally. I've never done this, and, frankly, I am almost certain I never will have to, but I still want to reserve that right for myself.Return to Index