CBS-HB Frequently Asked Questions

CBS-HB FAQ last updated October 20, 2010

Changes in this version: Bounce message and spam bounce actions defined.
Restriction on aol.com addresses described.

You are advised to save a copy of this note permanently on your computer. It contains valuable information about how this list works, what it is for, and how to get off should the time come that you are no longer interested.

The Chicago Beer Society Homebrewers E-Mail List (CBS-HB) is a computer e-mail list, which will redistribute anything you send it to the entire list. Membership in this list is open to members of the Chicago Beer Society, other Chicago-area homebrew clubs, and other interested parties.

The Chicago Beer Society Homebrewers meet monthly, on the first Thursday (sometimes called “Thirst Fursday”) of every month, at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn, at about 7:30. You are encouraged to bring samples of your own homebrew for sharing and evaluation, and there will be plenty of other homebrew to sample, not to mention Goose Island’s own excellent beers. Many members come early for dinner.

For the safety of our members, we try to have as many of our events as possible accessible by public transit. To get to First Thursday, take the CTA Red Line “L” to North/Clybourn and walk two blocks north along Clybourn, or take the Brown or Purple lines to Armitage and walk two blocks south along Sheffield.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION for the Chicago Beer Society can be obtained at the monthly homebrewer’s meeting, or by contacting the society itself
at:

Chicago Beer Society
PO Box 1057               info@chibeer.org
La Grange, IL 60525       http://www.chibeer.org/

Here are some general guidelines for the Chicago Beer Society Homebrewer e-mail list:

TOPIC GUIDELINES – WHAT THIS LIST IS FOR: (“Terms Of Service”)

The topic guidelines are anything to do with The Chicago Beer Society, or with homebrewing in the greater Chicago area. Notices of upcoming special events – CBS homebrewer events, events of other homebrew clubs in the area, homebrew contests, parties, brew-ins, etc., are especially encouraged.

Please remember to use the “Subject:” line to describe your article.
This is especially important if you are using the Reply function of your mail software.

This is not a moderated list, but “Flaming” and other forms of discourteous behavior such as repeatedly posting the same message, posting messages that are off-topic, abusive, lewd, or worst of all political, will not be tolerated. We are not here to save the world, just to brew better beer at our homes in Chicago.

Commercial announcements are allowed if specifically of interest to Chicago area homebrewers, and from a local source who is a member of the Chicago area craft beer community, such as local homebrew shops, breweries, craft beer bars, and distributors of craft beers.

The list server has been set to reject any posting containing an attachment, or any posting in HTML format – plain text only, as the body of the message only, will be accepted for posting. This is to prevent spreading computer viruses to other members. Infected beer is bad enough without also having infected computers.

If at all possible, disable those annoying disclaimers at the bottom of your messages.

If your ISP decides that CBS-HB is a spammer, it will be impossible for you to receive postings, and you may be unsubscribed. In that case it will be impossible to notify you of that.

Several list members are also members of other homebrewing-related lists, and frequently repost a CBS-HB article to other lists. This is encouraged as long as it is done manually, and not automatically. This is currently done frequently in Suburban Chicago and in Minnesotta.

Violators of these Terms Of Service may be unsubscribed or may have their postings moderated.

ADDRESSES:

Administrative address:   listserv@listserv.uic.edu
Posting address:          cbs-hb@listserv.uic.edu

Administrative requests sent to the posting address may be ignored, and will certainly be delayed by the need for manual intervention. And they will be broadcast to everyone on the list, which is worse than pointless
– it is annoying to the rest of the members.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE:

Subscription is generally available to anyone except America Online
(aol.com) addresses. Subscriptions from any address at aol.com, or from any address that uses the spamcop service, will quite likely be blocked by your ISP as being spam. If we receive a bounce message saying that CBS-HB is a spammer, you will be unsubscribed, and it will be impossible to notify you that this has occured, because the notification message to you will also be rejected as spam. We have had the greatest problems with aol.com, and the fewest problems with cable TV and telephone companies such as comcast, sbc, and att.

Before you attempt to subscribe, you should Whitelist uic.edu.

Subscription is by application, however that is quite easy to do. Send
E- mail to the administrative address above consisting of the following one line as the body of the message. (Your “Subject:” line is ignored on administrative requests.)

SUBSCRIBE CBS-HB (Your name)

You should replace (Your name) above with your actual name. Subscription requests from people named “Your Name” will be rejected. The system determines your email address automatically from the “From:” line of your e-mail.

You will then be added to the list manually. (The manual step is mostly to prevent this list from having another list, such as alt.beer, subscribe to it, which would rebroadcast it to a far wider audience than
intended.) You will then receive an automatic message when your subscription has been verified telling you how to post articles and otherwise deal with the list, including how to unsubscribe.

HOW TO POST TO THE LIST

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To post an article to the list, you must already be subscribed. To post, send e-mail to the posting address above, and it will be redistributed.

SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL:

Subscription is free, however, annually the server will ask you to renew your subscription. The reason for this is that people’s e-mail addresses change so frequently that without the renewal process, dead addresses would rapidly accumulate. To renew, simply follow the instructions carefully on the renewal note, and then the server will know you are still there, and still interested.

If you receive a renewal notice, and you are no longer interested in this list, do nothing, and you will be unsubscribed after you fail to respond to the renewal request within the specified time.

HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE

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DO NOT FLAG ANY CBS-HB LIST POSTING AS SPAM! THAT WILL CAUSE ALL OTHER SUBSCRIBERS AT YOUR ISP TO BE UNSUBSCRIBED AS WELL!

One way to unsubscribe is to wait for the renewal notice and ignore it.
To get off the list right away, send an e-mail message to the administrative address containing the text line:

UNSUBSCRIBE CBS-HB

and you will be automatically removed from the list. This must be sent from the same address you originally subscribed from.

If you wish to unsubscribe, and you post a message to the whole list attempting to do so, be forewarned that you will be deluged with hate-mail for neglecting to save and follow these instructions. This is a social phenomenon common to most email lists, so save this note permanently on your computer!

If you wish to unsubscribe and you attempt to do that by flagging a posting as spam, you will not only unsubscribe yourself, but you will also make it impossible for anyone at uic.edu to send email to anyone at your ISP. If we catch you doing this, we will only allow you to drink warm Bud Light.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS:

To change your e-mail address, you should unsubscribe from your old address, and resubscribe using your new address.

Beware that if your email address changes, and your old address is forwarded to your new address, you will be unable to post messages to the list, even though you are still receiving it. Therefore you should change your subscription address whenever your email address changes, rather than allowing forwarding to occur. Address changes and forwarding issues are the most common reason people need to contact the List Maintainer for help, below.

HOW TO RECEIVE CBS-HB AS A DAILY DIGEST:

If the volume of postings becomes inconvenient for you to handle, you can elect to receive CBS-HB as a daily digest. To do this, send e-mail to the administrative address above, containing the single text line:

SET CBS-HB DIGEST

then you will get CBS-HB in the form of a daily digest, shortly after Midnight.

To undo it, and resume receiving each article as it is posted, send e- mail to the administrative address above containing the single text
line:

SET CBS-HB MAIL

Some people find it handy to set digest mode when they go on vacation, and then unset it when they return.

If you are interested in the full range of LISTSERV commands available to you, send the line:

INFO REFCARD

This list is driven by the best-of-breed L-Soft Listserv software, running under Linux at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information about listserv, see www.l-soft.com.

LIST MAINTAINER:

This list is maintained by Roger Deschner, who can be contacted by e-mail at rogerd@uic.edu for list matters which cannot be handled through the automatic commands.