Carolinabirds: Birds and Birding in the Carolinas
This e-mail list serves as a forum to discuss wild birds, birders, and birding in the Carolinas, including rare birds, bird finding, bird identification, bird behavior, backyard birding, trip reports, bird counts, and bird club information.
Carolinabirds Commands and Guidelines
Note: Before sending any messages, please read through the posting guidelines below.
To subscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with this text in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank):
To unsubscribe, send a message to email@example.com with this text in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank):
Digest Mode: If you would like all of a day's messages sent in one big e-mail, subscribe as above then send this command to firstname.lastname@example.org :
set carolinabirds digest
Be sure to leave the subject line blank or the subject line may be interpreted as a command. It helps to delete any signature attachments and turn off fancy formatting before sending commands. Alternately, you can send the subscribe or unsubscribe command in the subject line of the message, leaving the body of the message blank. You can also subscribe and unsubscribe by logging on to the Carolinabirds Mailing List Manager. You can also set your e-mail reception options here, such as whether you'd like to receive messages in digest mode.
When sending messages to Carolinabirds, please:
- Only post messages with subject matter that relates directly to birds and birding in the Carolinas. Try to avoid discussing related subjects such as hunting, cats, politics, and general conservation issues. While these are important topics, there are many newsgroups and other forums where these can be discussed. Carolinabirds needs to maintain its focus for it to remain useful. For clarity, we suggest including the full English name of each species and avoiding the four-letter banding codes. Particularly rare species should be reported to the appropriate state Bird Records Committee.
- Include a descriptive Subject: line. For sightings reports, we suggest that you include the location (place name or county, and state), date of the observation (if different from the date you post), and a highlight species of the report (if there's a particularly good one).
- Put your name (first name or nickname and last name) and location (city or county and state) in each message you send to the list, so people will know who you are and where you're from.
- Most e-mail programs allow you to create a "signature" file, which is appended to all outgoing messages, so you don't have to retype it each time. Signature files should be no more than 4-6 lines long. Longer sigs tend to be more annoying than useful, especially when the signature is much longer than the actual message. The traditional sig starts with two hyphens and a space on the first line.
To post a message, address it to email@example.com. The message will be automatically sent to each person on the list by the sympa mailing list server.
To suspend mail, for example when you go on vacation, send a command to firstname.lastname@example.org
set carolinabirds nomail
When you return, reactive your subscription by sending a command
set carolinabirds mail
You can catch up with what you missed by reading messages on the web sites that carry Carolinabirds (see below).
To change your subscription address, send an unsubscribe command from your old account, then a subscribe command from your new one. If your old account is already non-functional, please explain what you would like to do by sending a email to the list-owner (Will Cook) at email@example.com and he will take care of it.
Sorry, there's no option to individually set a subject line prefix as you can with Listserv e-mail groups. However, with any modern e-mail program it's simple to set up sort options so that all messages you get from Carolinabirds go to a specific folder. All messages have "carolinabirds" in the To: or Cc: line, so you can use this to sort the messages.
Carolinabirds has a digest mode, so you can receive all the messages posted during the day in one big message. It's great for people that get too much e-mail, but not so good for folks that like to drop everything to chase rare birds.
To change your subscription to digest mode, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with this text in the body of the message:
set carolinabirds digest
A plain text version of the digest is available also, in case the regular version doesn't work well with your email program. If you check email at Yahoo.com, this option works better. To set this option, send this command instead:
set carolinabirds digestplain
To change back to regular mode, receiving each message posted separately, send a message to email@example.com with this text in the body of the message:
set carolinabirds mail
Subscribers to the digest can post messages to Carolinabirds. To post a message, make sure you address it to firstname.lastname@example.org instead of just replying to a digest message.
For a list of other commands, send message text "help" (without the quotes) to email@example.com. If you have trouble getting on or off this list or have other questions, just send an e-mail to Will Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the problem.
Removal from Carolinabirds: On occasion, an address needs to be removed from the list. Here are some specific circumstances:
- If your e-mail account stops working for more than a day or so, your address will be taken off the list. You won't receive any notification of this, because any message sent to your address would likely bounce back undelivered. The most common cause of this is when your e-mail account is temporarily over quota. When your e-mail is back to working, just send a subscribe command (see above) to get back on the list. (Very common)
- If you have activated a vacation-mail program (autoresponder), you will be removed immediately without notification. You may resubscribe after you turn off the autoresponder. (Rare)
- If you send spam (unsolicited commercial e-mail) to the list, you will be removed permanently, with no warning. (Rare)
- If there is other evidence your e-mail account is non-functional, it may be removed from the list. You may resubscribe at any time if you were unsubscribed in error. (Very rare)
- If you repeatedly ignore the guidelines, you will be removed after several warnings. You may resubscribe again after 1 month if you're willing to follow the guidelines. (Very rare)
Carolinabirds on the Web
If you're getting too much mail, you can unsubscribe and check it periodically on the web (note, however, that you still must be subscribed to send messages). See:
- Searchable Carolinabirds Archive at Duke - messages beginning January 6, 2003
- Matt Pardo's Carolinabirds Archive - messages from August 1999 - July 2003
- ABA's North and South Carolina bird news - the most recent messages from Carolinabirds
- Carolinabirds on Surfbirds.com - another good site with more recent message
If you're interested in how many people are on the list and a bir of list history, see this summary about Carolinabirds subscribers.
Carolinabirds was created on 13 December 1996 and moved from majordomo to sympa on 22 November 2006. The Carolinabirds info file moved from duke.edu to carolinanature.com on 9 December 2013.
Will Cook, email@example.com
A Few Links
Carolinaleps - our sister group for butterflies (honorary birds). To subscribe, send message text "subscribe carolinaleps" (no quotes) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many thousands of birding web sites. Here's a web directory to get you started on your exploration: http://www.dmoz.org/Recreation/Birding/.
Carolinabirds info file revised 1/6/2017 email@example.com