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Commonly Used List Commands

To update or change your e-mail address for receiving the digest, please contact the list owner.

Have you received an error message telling you that there was no command found in your email? All commands sent to the listserv must be in PLAIN TEXT format, not Rich Text (HTML). The listserv cannot read Rich Text emails.

Please, do not send commands to the List.

All commands go to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU

All commands must be in the body of the email, not the subject line.

To subscribe:
SUB CD-L <full_name>

Example:
SUB CD-L John Q. Public

To remove yourself from CD-L:
SIGNOFF CD-L

To receive individual postings rather than digests:
SET CD-L NODIG

To receive digests rather than individual emails:
SET CD-L DIG

To turn off the delivery of CD-L temporarily:
SET CD-L NOMAIL

To turn your CD-L deliveries back on after going "nomail":
SET CD-L MAIL

Other Topics:

I'm going on vacation; can I turn my CD-L mail "off" temporarily?

What is CD-L, anyway?

I'm new to CD-L; do you have any advice for me?

I lost my list instructions.

My CD-L digests arrive as a table of contents with a separate file for each post; can I change it?

I would like to receive CD-L as individual posts rather than digests.

Why do my posts to CD-L appear with equal signs at the end of each line?

Why are my posts to CD-L followed by a bunch of meaningless characters?

Why are my posts to CD-L followed by a copy of my post in HTML format?

I get comments from others saying that my posts run right off the page.

What do people mean when they type things like "IMO", "YMMV" and "BEG"?

Can I share image files with other CD-Lers?

Why are my posts to CD-L followed by a copy of the previous day's digest?

I'm still confused.


I'm going on vacation; can I turn my CD-L mail "off" temporarily?

If you're going away and would like to have your CD-L mail turned "off" temporarily, send this command:

SET CD-L NOMAIL

Send it to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU

To turn it back "on" when you return home, send this command to the same address:

SET CD-L MAIL

Always turn off your signature file when sending a command to the listserv. And, although I do appreciate it when someone says "please" or "thank you", the listserv computer has no time for such niceties, and will not be able to execute your request if it contains any words beyond the command itself.

Check your email for a confirmation stating that your "nomail" request went through before actually leaving town - you want to be sure it took effect.


What is CD-L, anyway?

"CD-L" is an open forum dedicated to the discussion of all subjects relating to driving the equine. The primary subject of the list is driving the carriage horse, but the list is open to the discussion of any equine driving endeavour.

Typical subjects may include selection, care and training of the equine for driving, harness and vehicle selection and care, postings of competitions and clinics, and "for sale" ads relating to the sport are welcome. Non-related commercial ads, chain letters and flaming will not be tolerated. Personal experiences, discussions of training techniques, good advice and pleasant conversation are always welcome here.

View the list as a drive in the country with friends who like to sit around the picnic blanket and talk about their interests. Remember that people do take comments personally--that's what makes it so fun to be with them. Before hastily posting an angry response, mull it over first as you go to check the horse's water. Proper penance for misdeeds is a turn at stall-mucking duty. Discussion and disagreement are accepted on this list: derision is not.

For more information on Internet Mailing Lists, read A Short Primer on the Internet and Netiquette.


I'm new to CD-L; do you have any advice for me?

Read the list for a few days before posting to get the jist of the conversation. Post an introductory message, if you are so inclined, to let people know where you're from and a little about you and your horses.

If someone posts something that makes you really angry, wait 24 hours before responding. Trust me, this is good advice.

Don't forget that CD-L is an International list. Some terms or phrases that you may be accustomed to using may be poorly understood by others on the list.

Readers of the list enjoy knowing where others are from. You need not give out detailed information, but a City and State/Province added next to your name when you sign your post is nice.

PLEASE - DO NOT SEND IMAGE FILES TO THE LIST!! If you want to share a photo, send it to me privately.


I lost my list instructions.

To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send mail to CD-L@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU. This is called "sending mail to the list", because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV makes copies for all the people who have subscribed. This address (CD-L@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU) is also called the "list address". You must never try to send any command to that address, as it would be distributed to all the people who have subscribed.

All commands must be sent to the "LISTSERV address", LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU. It is very important to understand the difference between the two, but fortunately it is not complicated. The LISTSERV address is like a FAX number that connects you to a machine, whereas the list address is like a normal voice line connecting you to a person. If you make a mistake and dial the FAX number when you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you will quickly realize that you used the wrong number and call again. No harm will have been done.

If on the other hand you accidentally make your FAX call someone's voice line, the person receiving the call will be inconvenienced, especially if your FAX then re-dials every 5 minutes. The fact that most people will eventually connect the FAX machine to the voice line to allow the FAX to go through and make the calls stop does not mean that you should continue to send FAXes to the voice number. People would just get mad at you. It works pretty much the same way with mailing lists, with the difference that you are calling hundreds or thousands of people at the same time, and consequently you can expect a lot of people to get upset if you consistently send commands to the list address.

You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF CD-L" command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU.

You can also tell LISTSERV how you want it to confirm the receipt of messages you send to the list. If you do not trust the system, send a "SET CD-L REPRO" command and LISTSERV will send you a copy of your own messages, so that you can see that the message was distributed and did not get damaged on the way. After a while you may find that this is getting annoying, especially if your mail program does not tell you that the message is from you when it informs you that new mail has arrived from CD-L. If you send a "SET CD-L ACK NOREPRO" command, LISTSERV will mail you a short acknowledgement instead, which will look different in your mailbox directory. With most mail programs you will know immediately that this is an acknowledgement you can read later. Finally, you can turn off acknowledgements completely with "SET CD-L NOACK NOREPRO".

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX CD-L" command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU. You can then order these files with a "GET CD-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the latter. You can also search the archives by typing in keywords on the CD-L Archives page.

More information on LISTSERV commands can be found in the LISTSERV reference card, which you can retrieve by sending an "INFO REFCARD" command to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU.


MIME Format

The default setting for CD-L digests uses MIME format. To change this setting, send email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU and in the body of the message, type "SET CD-L NOMIME", without the quotation marks.


I would like to receive CD-L as individual posts rather than digests.

Send an email message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU and in the body of the message, type "SET CD-L NODIG", without the quotation marks.


Why do my posts to CD-L appear with equal signs at the end of each line?

A possible solution to the problem of many posters' mail containing unneeded equals signs and other non-printing ASCII artifacts is described in the excellent "Windows95 Annoyances" site, http://www.annoyances.org/win95/ under the heading: Remove the Equal Signs that Appear in Exchange

Let me guess; You've figured out how to turn off Rich Text in Exchange so you can send email to anyone on the Internet without the useless WINMAIL.DAT file, but now Exchange has put an equals sign "=" at the end of each line. To fix this bug in Exchange, do the following:

Open the Internet Mail Properties window, and click on the General tab. Select Message Format, and then Character Set. Change the character set from ISO-8859-2 to US ASCII.

Contributed by Hebe Quinton


Why are my posts to CD-L followed by a bunch of meaningless characters?

It may be that you are using Microsoft Exchange and that your mail is being sent with a useless (to many people) file attached called WINMAIL.DAT. Please visit this site, Windows 95 Annoyances, and follow the instructions you find there. Many will thank you for it.


Why are my posts to CD-L followed by a copy of my post in HTML format?

If you are using Microsoft Internet Mail, click on "Mail" - "Options" - and the "Send" tab. Under "Mail Sending Format", click "Plain Text", then click "OK". Please be sure that mail you are sending to CD-L does not include the HTML formatting; it is useless to most of our subscribers and only takes up valuable digest space.


I get comments from others saying that my posts run right off the page.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Mail, click on "Mail" - "Options". On the "Send" tab, click the "Settings" button next to Plain Text. Select the following check box: Automatically Wrap Text at x Characters. Type the maximum number of characters to display per line. I suggest 72.


What do people mean when they type things like "IMO", "YMMV" and "BEG"?

Speaking is still easier than typing, and many people use acronyms to save time while typing. You can look up almost any acronym used on the 'Net by visiting the Internet Acronyms page. One acronym you are likely to see on CD-L that is not contained in the aforementioned web page is YKYAHPW, which stands for You Know You're A Horse Person When.


Can I share image files with other CD-Lers?

You may send image files attached to email ONLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ASK FOR THEM. Please do not send image files to CD-L; they won't make it through the digest, and will only annoy people by taking up valuable digest space. If you have a photo of yourself and your beloved driving equine, you may send an image file to me and I will add it to our CD-L photo gallery on the website.


Why are my posts to CD-L followed by a copy of the previous day's digest?

If you really want to use the "Reply" option when writing to CD-L rather than starting a new message from scratch, please check to make sure that you have turned off the option to "Include Message in Reply" OR that you have manually deleted the quoted material BEFORE you send it to CD-L. Again, this will save valuable space and make you many new friends.


I'm still confused.

Email me and I'll do my best to help you. Jaye-Allison Winkel, Listowner.
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