CompMed™

CompMed™ is an e-mail list for discussion of comparative medicine, laboratory animals, and topics related to biomedical research. CompMed serves professionals working in these fields by providing an interactive, easy-to-use environment to share information and discuss topics of common interest. CompMed™is limited to participants who are involved in some aspect of biomedical research or veterinary medicine, including veterinarians, technicians, animal facility managers, researchers, and graduate/veterinary students. AALAS membership is not required to subscribe to CompMed™; AALAS members are subject to the same approval process as nonmembers.

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CompMed™FAQ

To retrieve the CompMed™ welcome message from the listserver:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body (not subject): GET COMPMED WELCOME

Have a question that isn't answered here? Send an e-mail to COMPMED-REQUEST@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG.

1. How do I join the CompMed™mailing list?

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SUBSCRIBE COMPMED Yourfirstname Yourlastname (Example: SUBSCRIBE COMPMED John Doe)

Note that the command must be in the body, not the subject. You will receive a message acknowledging your subscription request. Upon review by the listowners, you will be added to the list and begin receiving messages. To submit messages to the list once you're subscribed, send e-mail to COMPMED@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG.

2. How do I find old CompMed™messages?

All contributions to this list are automatically archived in log files. Older files are listed monthly; newer files are archived weekly. You can search for old messages, or you can request log files from the listserver. To obtain the available archive files (containing messages from past months):

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: INDEX COMPMED

To retrieve a specific monthly log file:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: GET COMPMED LOGxxxxx

(xxxxx representing the year, month & week; i.e., LOG9810b)

3. Is there a digest form of CompMed™?

Yes. Rather than receiving each e-mail message individually as it is posted, you can elect to receive one message a day with all that day's message traffic included.

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET COMPMED DIGEST

From that point on, the messages from CompMed™will be sent to you in one file starting the next day. The advantage is only a single file needs to be sent and all those messages are neatly bound together in a "magazine" (digest) format.

Depending on your e-mail software, you can request that your digest come in MIME format. With that parameter turned on, you can more easily view individual messages within the digest. Otherwise, you will just get one huge contiguous message. To set your digest to MIME format:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET COMPMED MIME

The disadvantage to receiving your messages in digest format is similar to print magazines: do you ever get the time to sit down and read them? It may be a matter of personal preference whether you want to see the messages "on the fly" or as a neat package. The choice is yours.

If you change your mind and want to receive individual messages again:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET COMPMED MAIL

4. How do I unsubscribe from CompMed™?

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SIGNOFF COMPMED

If you have problems unsubscribing, send a message to COMPMED-REQUEST@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG and someone will help you.

5. How can I temporarily suspend CompMed™ mail (due to vacations, etc.) but remain on the list?

Regular mail:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET COMPMED NOMAIL

To resume mail service:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET COMPMED MAIL

Digests:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET COMPMED NODIGEST

To resume digest service:

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: SET TECHLINK DIGEST

6. How can I determine what my current setting options are?

Send e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG

Message body: QUERY COMPMED

7. Why does the listserver machine not respond to my commands?

One of the most common problems associated with the inability to get the listserver to respond to your administrative requests, like database searches, changing to digest, or temporarily stopping mail delivery, is that your e-mail address changed. In other words, sometime between when you first subscribed to CompMed™and the discovery of the problem, your e-mail address mutated to something different. Many computers use e-mail "aliases" so that your old address still works just fine for receiving mail, but the listserver only knows you by your old address and "thinks" your new address is alien and not part of the CompMed™group. Your commands get bounced back with some cryptic message to that effect. To set things straight, send an e-mail to COMPMED-REQUEST@LISTSERV.AALAS.ORG and someone will get back to you to help. Many times you are not aware of this subtle change in your e-mail address, but it happens all the time.

Second, although it is very desirable that you attach your e-mail address to messages you send to the CompMed™mailing list, it is not necessary and actually a small problem to send your "signature" file along to the listserver when using many of the administrative commands outlined above. Most e-mail software programs have the capability or option to temporarily turn off the signature when sending a message. It is generally a good idea to do this because the listserver thinks you are sending additional administrative commands and tries to interpret your signature as such. You will probably see the listserver's output indicate that the commands make no sense to it. No real harm done, but it can interfere with queries. You are just better off not sending your signature to the listserver.

You can also avoid this problem by separating your LISTSERV commands from your signature by // EOJ or even a couple of dashes --. The listserver will ignore all lines after the EOJ or dashes and will not be bothered by a signature file.