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>Your address has been added to the addresses that comprise this  Listserv
>Welcome to HISTONET. This is an electronic mailing list for the exchange of
>information pertaining to histotechnology and related fields.
>It contains useful information about how to use the list and what to do if you
>experience problems. It also includes some basic rules for email etiquette
>(Netiquette) which will be helpful to those who are new to this form of
>A list server is a computer that runs software which will receive incoming
>electronic mail (email) messages and reroute them automatically to everyone on
>the subscriber list. Email uses the vast expanse of the Internet to allow
>almost instantaneous communication between networked computers around the
>world. Our system uses the LISTSTAR software from Quarterdeck Corporation
>(California) and can currently send about 30 messages a minute.  With the
>present number of subscribers, we are processing about 10,000 outbound
>messages a day.
>Anyone interested in research or clinical applications of histology,
>immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridization pathology, and electron microscopy
>may find Histonet informative and useful. Currently, there are more than 850
>subscribers from all over the world. Subscribers include hospital employees
>from major urban centers and obscure remote locales, university researchers,
>botanists and the employees of commercial laboratories, government agencies,
>veterinary facilities and a wide variety of commercial industrial ventures.
>The list is run by Linda R. Margraf, M.D. and Herb K. Hagler, Ph.D. using
>hardware and software owned by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
>School, Department of Pathology in Dallas, Texas. If you have any questions or
>problems with Histonet please contact Linda Margraf at
>This server, unlike many systems, uses ONLY ONE ADDRESS to send commands to
>the computer and to post messages. The server will recognize commands sent in
>the SUBJECT line of the message and only when they are spelled exactly as
>listed below. Anything not identified as a command will be circulated to
>EVERYONE on the list.
>The following is a list of commands the server recognizes:
> Your address will be added to the list of subscribers. You will then be able
>to send messages to this list that will be forwarded to all other list
>subscribers. You will begin to receive all messages sent to the list by other
>subscribe digest
> Your address will be added to the list of subscribers who receive a digest
>instead of each forwarded message. A digest is a compilation of all the
>messages received in a 24 hour period. It is sent to the digest subscribers
>every night after midnight. Digest subscribers can post and respond to
>messages the same as "real-time" subscribers.
> A list of available digests will be returned to you. Histonet stores old
>messages as daily digests for approximately three  months. To read previous
>messages, copy the list of available  digests, mark the dates of interest and
>return it to the server.
> Your address will be removed from the list of subscribers.
> You will no longer be able to send messages to the members
> of the list.
> A list of the commands recognized by the server will be   returned to you.
>You may post any questions you wish pertaining to histology, pathology,
>in-situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry etc. Equipment and reagent
>evaluations, laboratory management issues, government regulations, and job
>opportunities are all appropriate topics. The University asks that we restrict
>the use of its hardware and software to business purposes only (occasional
>jokes do slip through but PLEASE use restraint). Vendors and those with
>commercial interests in histology products are welcome contributors however,
>we ask that blatant advertisements be avoided at all times. It is fine to
>refer to product that your company produces if it is pertinent to a topic
>being discussed on the list. Unsolicited advertisements are poorly tolerated
>by the members and you will likely receive a number of negative comments if
>you overstep the boundaries. Please contact Linda Margraf at
> if you are not sure about the appropriateness
>if a message you wish to post.
>It is most helpful to the list members if you post your responses to queries
>to everyone on the list and not just as a personal reply to the person asking
>the question. That way duplicate messages are minimized and we all learn from
>each other's comments.
>Likewise, if you post a question and get a number of responses back directly
>to you, it is helpful to everyone if you could send out a summary of the
>replies you got to Histonet.
>Please avoid abbreviations unless they are explained in your message. For
>example: immunohistochemistry (IHC). This list circulates to a wide variety of
>individuals and what seems obvious to you may have no meaning on the other
>side of the world.
>Please sign your letter and include your institution or affiliation and
>location. Not all email systems have headers which identify the sender.
>Do use the subject line to indicate the topic of your message.
>DON'T USE ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS -it is considered shouting.
>Please send questions and problems about the list directly to Linda Margraf at
> and don't circulate them to the >850
>subscribers on the list. Be careful when sending commands to the server to put
>the command in the SUBJECT LINE and spell it correctly.
>Please do not send images as attachments with your message. We can now post
>images at our web site ( To have an image posted
>send it to Herb Hagler at

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