iMug Mailing Lists
iMug Discussion list
The Discussion mailing list is the hub of iMug and is where members freely exchange knowledge, ideas, help, news and even some laughs.
Membership to iMug entitles you, at no extra cost, to join our online Discussion email list. Exclusive to members, the Discussion list can be received as individual emails or as a daily digest.
Gain from the group's collective knowledge with the opportunity to also contribute. Post your questions and receive timely answers from various points of view, experience and expertise.
Committee members will periodically post announcements about upcoming events and meetings to keep you informed. Our Email Lists are particularly useful for members who cannot attend meetings or live or work too far away.
See some sample discussions from our mailing list.
Information about the list (including a link to the list archives) is available at: http://lists.clari.net.au/mailman/listinfo/discussion
FileMaker mailing list
The popular database FileMaker Pro is the exclusive focus of this mailing list. This mailing list is exclusive to members of iMug and the Melbourne PC User Group.
Macs and Graphics (MAG) list
The MAG list is dedicated to helping each other with graphics questions at all levels. The MAG list is a joint venture of iMug and AUSOM and is opened to members and non-members. Subscribe to the MAG mailing list.
Tips for Managing Your iMug Mailing List Subscription
- Create an email rule so that all emails from the mailing list automatically go into a separate folder labelled eg "iMug-list" instead of your Inbox. That way your Inbox isn't overwhelmed by iMug postings and you can easily see your other email. If you don't know how to create an email rule, just post a query to the list—that's what it's there for! Other members will be happy to offer advice. Don't forget to mention which program you use for your email (such as Apple Mail, MS Entourage or Eudora).
- Don't feel compelled to read every thread. Think of it as a newspaper or magazine: skim over the "headlines" (ie the subject topics) and read just the ones in which you're interested. Trash the rest or keep them for reference later on in case your interests change!
- Many email programs have a option to organise emails by message thread. A "thread" is a chain
of replies in an email "conversation". This can be a handy way to follow a topic.
- In Apple Mail, this option is enabled by selecting View > Organize by Thread.
- In MS Entourage, select View > Arrange By > Thread.
- In Eudora, select Special > Sort > Group Subject.
iMug Mailing List Netiquette Guide
The iMug mailing lists are great for iMug members to help each other and to share knowledge and news from the Apple world. To help members get the most from the list, the iMug Committee of Management has prepared this guide.
Ten Quick Rules
- Use a descriptive subject for the message—not everyone reads every message.
- Topics for discussion. Anything relating to Apple products, including news, troubleshooting, hardware, and software.
- When asking for help please provide details such as: relevant hardware, software, and Mac OS version number.
- When replying only quote sections relevant to the reply. Keep the email succinct and relevant to the thread or change the topic in the subject line, particularly if you are replying to a digest.
- Do not post sexist, vulgar, profane, blasphemous, racist, discriminatory, or similarly offensive material. Also don't post religious (sectarian) material.
- If you're posting a long URL, please consider using a service like TinyURL. This will take a long URL and create an abbreviated one that will take readers to the right site. This is because some mail clients will break long URLs over two lines, making the link non-functional.
- Limit email signatures to four lines and don't add attachments—they are not transmitted on the iMug Discussion mailing list.
- Be very careful when discussing Vendor performance. Avoid opinions and stick to the facts—libel can be expensive.
- Be careful when making comments that could be construed as offensive by other members. Respect the views of others at all times.
- Do not post messages promoting your business services or website. The iMug President may be able to include material in the President's Update. Offering your computer equipment for sale or donation is acceptable; trading is not.
The Netiquette Guide is only a guide but if you stray too far from this guide, the Committee of Management may, in the interests of other members, step in and restrict your use of the list for a short period or even permanently.
Use of Capital Letters
Refrain from typing all or part of a message in upper case letters except where capitalisation of a single word gives an appropriate emphasis or where used as a heading to a paragraph of text to make for easier reading and improved comprehension.
The iMug list messages are text only. Although emotions can be expressed by typing all or part of a message in capital letters please remember this is a metaphor for shouting and should generally be avoided.
A softer form of *Emphasis* can be given by bracketing a word or words with asterisks.
Talking about Vendors
The iMug list is a great way to share experiences about different resellers. However, it is important to stick to the facts. For example, if you feel that a vendor took too long to respond to an inquiry on the phone:
- Be factual by saying "I waited on the phone for 20 minutes"
- NOT vague by saying "They kept me waiting for ever"
Note the difference between fact and opinion.
Please be both factual and courteous and also remember that several resellers on the iMug list provide great service and special deals to iMug members. Remember you are responsible for your own words.
Replying to Messages
Some messages are long and may include some advertising messages from the service provider. When replying to a message and quoting back, please delete all the extra material that's not needed. Not only does it help people receiving individual messages but it especially makes life a lot easier for members receiving digests of messages.
When replying to a digest message please change the subject from "Digest Number 234" to something which is topic descriptive.
iMug chooses not to allow attachments to be sent to members via the email lists for several specific reasons:
- Attachments rely on the relevant program being installed on the receiver's computer to open that attachment
- The size of emails can become greatly enlarged when attachments accompany the email
- When members search through past emails for information the contents of attachments are not available to those searches
- Attachments may transmit viruses trojans and other malware (e.g. Word or Excel Macros)
Members are therefore encouraged to explain in simple language any problems or issues they encounter rather than rely on forwarding attachments.
The iMug Committee of Management does reserve the right to use email lists to send attachments to members and has done so on rare occasions.
Commercial or Promotional Messages
The iMug list is not a vehicle for members to advertise services. If you have a commercial post you'd like to make to iMug members please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the weekly President's Update. Inclusion is at the discretion of the Committee of Management.