MASSFILC has two public electronic mailing lists:
- the Filkers list for general posts related to the club and filk music;
- the Announcements list for important club-related news such as filksing times and places; and
If you subscribe to the Discussion list, you'll also get all the messages sent to the Announcement list, so there's no need to subscribe to both lists.
Only subscribers are allowed to post to the Filkers list without moderator approval, and moderation of the Announcements and Minutes lists is very strict, so our lists are effectively spam-free. The volume on the Announcements and Minutes list is extremely low (just a handful of posts a month), and the volume on the Filkers list is usually low. You can subscribe to the lists in digest format, so that you get messages grouped together in a daily mailing about noon eastern time (unless there are no messages for that day) rather than receiving them one at a time as they are posted.
Because of the members-only feature, you have to post to the Discussion list from the same address by which you are subscribed. You can subscribe from more than one Google account, and then choose "No email" on the "Edit my membership" page for all but one of these, if you want to be able to post from more than one address but only receive one copy of postings at your preferred address.
|Join the Filkers mailing list, post a message, view the archives, or change your subscription(s).|
|Join the Announcements mailing list, post a message, view the archives, or change your subscription(s).|
When you sign up, you will be sent an email message to confirm that the subscription request came from you. You must reply to this message to activate your subscription. We strongly request that you provide your full name when subscribing so we have some idea with whom we are dealing; e-mail handles often give no clues and unless you come to meetings regularly we may not know you. Fortunately, we have never yet had to reject or terminate a subscription, other than suspending delivery to addresses that start bouncing e-mail.
There is a password associated with your subscription, which you can set or have Mailman assign for you. This password is used via the web interface to change your subscription options or e-mail address, unsubscribe, view the archives, and for the Filkers list, view the list of subscribers. If you forget your password, you can request that it be e-mailed to you. If you set up multiple subscriptions as described above, you can set all the passwords of the individual subscriptions to be the same, to make it easier to remember.
MASSFILC will not give anyone else email addresses and full names used to subscribe to the Announcement list or Google groups, unless compelled by a court order, which we expect never to happen, or our computer is broken into, which hasn't happened yet, and we don't use Windows.
List archives are available, but only to people subscribed to the lists. The hosted Filkers list membership is visible to list members, so joining the list will disclose your identity to other list members, unless you conceal your address (which is an option), and also never post, which would put your posting, including your sender address, into the archives.
The security provided by the passwords is not unbreakable, since there are over a hundred subscribers and any one of them could allow their password to become known. We aren't protecting credit card numbers or medical records here, but all reasonable precautions have been taken.