From:Alexander Palchik

Hello HistoNet,

Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 5:46:16 PM, you wrote:

HS> Your address has been added to the addresses that comprise this  Listserv
HS> List.
HS> Welcome to HISTONET. This is an electronic mailing list for the exchange of
HS> information pertaining to histotechnology and related fields. 

HS> It contains useful information about how to use the list and what to do if you
HS> experience problems. It also includes some basic rules for email etiquette
HS> (Netiquette) which will be helpful to those who are new to this form of
HS> communication.

HS> A list server is a computer that runs software which will receive incoming
HS> electronic mail (email) messages and reroute them automatically to everyone on
HS> the subscriber list. Email uses the vast expanse of the Internet to allow
HS> almost instantaneous communication between networked computers around the
HS> world. Our system uses the LISTSTAR software from Quarterdeck Corporation
HS> (California) and can currently send about 30 messages a minute.  With the
HS> present number of subscribers, we are processing about 10,000 outbound
HS> messages a day.

HS> Anyone interested in research or clinical applications of histology,
HS> immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridization pathology, and electron microscopy
HS> may find Histonet informative and useful. Currently, there are more than 850
HS> subscribers from all over the world. Subscribers include hospital employees
HS> from major urban centers and obscure remote locales, university researchers,
HS> botanists and the employees of commercial laboratories, government agencies,
HS> veterinary facilities and a wide variety of commercial industrial ventures. 

HS> The list is run by Linda R. Margraf, M.D. and Herb K. Hagler, Ph.D. using
HS> hardware and software owned by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
HS> School, Department of Pathology in Dallas, Texas. If you have any questions or
HS> problems with Histonet please contact Linda Margraf at
HS> LMargraf@childmed.dallas.tx.us.

HS> This server, unlike many systems, uses ONLY ONE ADDRESS to send commands to
HS> the computer and to post messages. The server will recognize commands sent in
HS> the SUBJECT line of the message and only when they are spelled exactly as
HS> listed below. Anything not identified as a command will be circulated to
HS> EVERYONE on the list.

HS> The following is a list of commands the server recognizes:

HS> subscribe
HS>  Your address will be added to the list of subscribers. You will then be able
HS> to send messages to this list that will be forwarded to all other list
HS> subscribers. You will begin to receive all messages sent to the list by other
HS> subscribers.

HS> subscribe digest
HS>  Your address will be added to the list of subscribers who receive a digest
HS> instead of each forwarded message. A digest is a compilation of all the
HS> messages received in a 24 hour period. It is sent to the digest subscribers
HS> every night after midnight. Digest subscribers can post and respond to
HS> messages the same as "real-time" subscribers.

HS> digests
HS>  A list of available digests will be returned to you. Histonet stores old
HS> messages as daily digests for approximately three  months. To read previous
HS> messages, copy the list of available  digests, mark the dates of interest and
HS> return it to the server.

HS> unsubscribe
HS>  Your address will be removed from the list of subscribers.
HS>  You will no longer be able to send messages to the members
HS>  of the list.

HS> help
HS>  A list of the commands recognized by the server will be   returned to you.

HS> You may post any questions you wish pertaining to histology, pathology,
HS> in-situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry etc. Equipment and reagent
HS> evaluations, laboratory management issues, government regulations, and job
HS> opportunities are all appropriate topics. The University asks that we restrict
HS> the use of its hardware and software to business purposes only (occasional
HS> jokes do slip through but PLEASE use restraint). Vendors and those with
HS> commercial interests in histology products are welcome contributors however,
HS> we ask that blatant advertisements be avoided at all times. It is fine to
HS> refer to product that your company produces if it is pertinent to a topic
HS> being discussed on the list. Unsolicited advertisements are poorly tolerated
HS> by the members and you will likely receive a number of negative comments if
HS> you overstep the boundaries. Please contact Linda Margraf at
HS> LMargraf@childmed.dallas.tx.us if you are not sure about the appropriateness
HS> if a message you wish to post.

HS> It is most helpful to the list members if you post your responses to queries
HS> to everyone on the list and not just as a personal reply to the person asking
HS> the question. That way duplicate messages are minimized and we all learn from
HS> each other's comments.

HS> Likewise, if you post a question and get a number of responses back directly
HS> to you, it is helpful to everyone if you could send out a summary of the
HS> replies you got to Histonet.

HS> Please avoid abbreviations unless they are explained in your message. For
HS> example: immunohistochemistry (IHC). This list circulates to a wide variety of
HS> individuals and what seems obvious to you may have no meaning on the other
HS> side of the world.

HS> Please sign your letter and include your institution or affiliation and
HS> location. Not all email systems have headers which identify the sender.

HS> Do use the subject line to indicate the topic of your message. 

HS> DON'T USE ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS -it is considered shouting. 

HS> Please send questions and problems about the list directly to Linda Margraf at
HS> LMargraf@childmed.dallas.tx.us and don't circulate them to the >850
HS> subscribers on the list. Be careful when sending commands to the server to put
HS> the command in the SUBJECT LINE and spell it correctly.

HS> Please do not send images as attachments with your message. We can now post
HS> images at our web site (http://pathcuri1.swmed.edu). To have an image posted
HS> send it to Herb Hag

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