Autism List FAQ
original author Ray Kopp January 1998
updates by Carolyn Baird July 2000 - January 2006
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This is the FAQ for the Autism List which was hosted by St. Johns University (firstname.lastname@example.org) from April 1992 until January 2006 when it was relocated to this site.
This FAQ is meant to describe the list and outline how to join the list and/or change different subscription parameters. It also provides a way of accessing the rules for this list and the archives.
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Table Of Contents
Frequently Asked Questions With Answers
Question: What is an FAQ?
Question: Where does the autism list reside?
Question: How long has the Autism List been active?
Question: Why was the Autism List formed?
Ray had been looking for a list that dealt with developmental disabilities for quite a long time. In fact it was probably about one year. Ray had been reading the "misc.handicapped" newsgroup in that time but found very little that related to his family's situation. That forum was primarily about the more talked about disabilities, blindness, deafness and people who had mobility problems. Ray posted several requests for other sites and never got back any replies until finally one request resulted in an email from Dr. Zenhausern saying that he didn't know of any either, but had some interest in the issue and wondered if Ray would be interested in having one set up. Ray jumped at the chance hoping to finally find a place where parents with children with developmental disabilities could compare situations, find educational resources and relate experiences.
Our membership expanded rapidly and the list became a very good support mechanism for many people. And has remained as such for quite a while, despite some difficulties over the time due to conflicts over lack of rules and control over debates that would arise. It actually caused many people to leave the list and start other resources. Which was both a good thing and a bad thing. Ray did not like seeing his list being less and less of a help to people, but it did provide a split that provided a much more personal support for some people in some areas.
In 1997 Dr. Zenhausern who was doing much of the maintenance of the list received more responsibilities at St. Johns and had to give up the micro work on individual lists, thus in late 1997 Ray was asked to take over this task.
Ray saw it as an opportunity to correct some of the difficulties with the list and to try to bring it back to some semblance of support. Ray brought forth the idea of a Panel of Listowners and they were elected by those that chose to vote on the list. After that rules were created and installed. Through Ray's efforts the list will once again become a good resource to many people and a more comfortable place for more of its members and those that wished to join.
In July 2000, Ray (no longer able to devote the time to maintaining list due to work and family commitments) asked Carolyn Baird (the elected autistic representative of the Panel) to take over list maintenance and the role of acting primary listowner from him and with agreement from the other members of the Autism Panel, Carolyn accepted.
Question: How can I obtain the Rules for this List?
Question: Do you censor the list?
Question: Are there any banned topics?
Question: Who are the Panel Of Listowners?
The Panel Members are:
Question: I have a problem, who do I contact?
NOTE: DO NOT MAIL COMPLAINTS TO THE LIST ITSELF, THAT IS A VIOLATION OF THE RULES.
Question: What do all these abbreviations mean?
Question: Are there documents that pertain to this list or of interest to subscribers that are available?
Question: Are there other Autism Discussion Groups?
Question: Where would I find an FAQ on Autism in general?
Question: Are there archives for this list?
Question: How do I access the archives?
Access to the archives requires a password. After subscribing to the list you will receive a password to enable you to change your subscription options. This password will not allow access to the archives. You will notified of the username and password for archive access by the listowner after you subscribe to the list.
Question: How can I read the list?
Question: Can I read the list via a newsgroup?
NOTE: The list used to be fed to the newsgroup "bit.listserv.autism", however, this list has had no connection to that newsgroup for more than 10 years. Only posts to that newsgroup now appear on "bit.listerv.autism"
Question: How do I subscribe?
Question: How do I leave the Autism List?
unsubscribe [password] [your email address]
Commands in brackets are optional. If given, your password must match your current password. If omitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the unsubscribing address. If you wish to unsubscribe an address other than the address you sent this request from, you should specify `that email address' (no brackets around the email address, and no quotes!)
Question: I cannot handle the large volume of email messages, what can I do?
Question: How do I set my subscription to digest?
Question: How do I get a list of the valid commands for changing my options by email?
In either the subject or in the body of the message put the relevant set command as below.
set help Show this detailed help. set show [your email address] View your current option settings. If you're posting from an address other than your membership address, specify your membership address with `your email address' (no brackets around the email address, and no quotes!). set authenticate (password) [your email address] To set any of your options, you must include this command first, along with your membership password. If you're posting from an address other than your membership address, specify your membership address with `your email address' (no brackets around the email address, and no quotes!). set ack on set ack off When the `ack' option is turned on, you will receive an acknowledgement message whenever you post a message to the list. set digest plain set digest mime set digest off When the `digest' option is turned off, you will receive postings immediately when they are posted. Use `set digest plain' if instead you want to receive postings bundled into a plain text digest (i.e. RFC 1153 digest). Use `set digest mime' if instead you want to receive postings bundled together into a MIME digest. set delivery on set delivery off Turn delivery on or off. This does not unsubscribe you, but instead tells Mailman not to deliver messages to you for now. This is useful if you're going on vacation. Be sure to use `set delivery on' when you return from vacation! set myposts on set myposts off Use `set myposts off' to not receive copies of messages you post to the list. This has no effect if you're receiving digests. set hide on set hide off Use `set hide on' to conceal your email address when people request the membership list. set duplicates on set duplicates off Use `set duplicates off' if you want Mailman to not send you messages if your address is explicitly mentioned in the To: or Cc: fields of the message. This can reduce the number of duplicate postings you will receive. set reminders on set reminders off Use `set reminders off' if you want to disable the monthly password reminder for this mailing list.
end Stop processing commands. Use this at the end of the command if your mail program automatically adds a signature file. help Get the help message. info Get information about this mailing list. password [(oldpassword) (newpassword)] [your email address] Retrieve or change your password. With no arguments, this returns your current password. With arguments (oldpassword) and (newpassword) you can change your password. If you're posting from an address other than your membership address, specify your membership address with `your email address' (no brackets around the email address, and no quotes!). Note that in this case the response is always sent to the subscribed address. who password [your email address] See everyone who is on this mailing list. The roster is limited to list members only, and you must supply your membership password to retrieve it. If you're posting from an address other than your membership address, specify your membership address with `your email address' (no brackets around the email address, and no quotes!)
Question: I appear to have been unsubscribed without requesting it, why?
Question: If I get unsubscribed without warning what do I do?
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The Autism List was originally a part of St. John's University's "ATHENAEUM" project.