LABIRD, founded in 1996 by Van Remsen, is an email bulletin board devoted to disseminating information on birds and birding in Louisiana. Van Remsen is currently (August 2011) the list manager and problems that are not addressed below can be directed to him.
Frequent general subjects of postings include: sightings of unusual species; behavior and timing of breeding and migration of Louisiana birds; plants used by birds in Louisiana; conservation issues that affect birds in Louisiana; and field trip reports. A regular feature of LABIRD is "LALIT," postings that alert members to recent literature on Louisiana birds. Another regular feature is "LATALK," postings that alert members to public lectures on birds in Louisiana. Check recent messages (http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/LOUI.html) to see examples.
Sorry, no HOTMAIL accounts allowed on this list -- they are chronic headaches for list managers because of full mailboxes (due to spam deluges) and bounced messages.
Political issues that affect birds can be discussed on LABIRD. Here is the policy:
As long as ...
... then it's OK.
send message to email@example.com with only the following as text:
to remove your name from the list, send message to: firstname.lastname@example.org with only the following as text:
Those who would rather have this option regardless, see below for for instructions on how to change to "digest" options...
Another frequent problem is when your postings are rejected by the listserv (with a message that indicates that you are not "authorized" to post messages to LABIRD-L), yet you are still receiving LABIRD messages. This is usually because your email address has been modified by your institution or ISP, yet messages to the old address, i.e., the only one that LABIRD recognizes, are still automatically forwarded to the new one. To fix this, "subscribe" with the new one, and (assuming you can no longer send messages from the old one), ask Remsen to delete the old one manually.
The most frequent mistake made by people when sending messages and commands is using "LABIRD" instead of the name recognized by the listserv software: "LABIRD-L."
For additional information or feedback, contact LABIRD "owner" Remsen. Be aware that he occasionally takes vacations, goes to meetings, etc., so if days go by without an answer to your query, don't take it personally.
[if a message is bounced back to you, try hitting a "return" character after your text and see if that works; if that doesn't work, contact Remsen]
To change addresses:
All you have to do is do the "signoff" routine above for the old one, and "subscribe" with the new one.
To set to "no mail":
If you are worried about exhausting your mailbox capacity, which will cause me to delete you if the problem goes on for more than a couple of days, you can "inactivate" yourself (and then "reactivate" upon return), without having to signoff and then resubscribe, by sending the following command to the listserv:
SET LABIRD-L NOMAIL
(and then, to reactivate: SET LABIRD-L MAIL)
Another solution to the "out-of-town" situation (or to mailbox clutter in general), if you want to still see what has been happening, is to get only 1 message per day from the list, a "digest" with all the messages.
SET LABIRD-L DIGESTS
(and then, to change back: SET LABIRD-L NODIGESTS)
To contact others on LABIRD
Rather than send a message to all members of LABIRD to see if someone knows someone else's email address, please first send the following command to listserv@listserv.LSU.edu :
The list you receive is organized by alphabetically by ISP, unfortunately, so to find a name, you have to use your email program's Search function or copy the entire list into your word-processing program.
Archives: LABIRD is archived at LSU, but to save disk space, the oldest year's messages are occasionally deleted. The archives may be accessed in a number of ways. First, you may retrieve the entire index. Simply send a message to the listserv@listserv.LSU.edu with the following message:
Make sure that the requests are sent to the listserver, not the list.
Second, you may actually search the archive. Let's assume that you would like to search for all reports on Inca Dove. Send the following message to the listserver:
SEARCH INCA DOVES IN LABIRD-L
You will then receive a list of all messages that contain a direct reference to Inca Doves. Once you have chosen a message to retrieve, send another request to the listserver as follows:
GETPOST LABIRD-L ####
Most people will want to use the SEARCH feature when reviewing the archives.
Once you have received the index, you may retrieve any message as follows. Send a message to the listserver with the following message:
GET LABIRD-L LOG####
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