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  1. Why are my postings rejected?
  2. Is the mail list archived?
  3. I keep getting duplicate messages. What is wrong?
  4. What is the Internet DX Mailing List?
  5. What are your rules governing my use of this reflector?
  6. What happens if I break the rules?
  7. What about contesting and QSL information?
  8. How do I subscribe or unsubscribe?
  9. How do I send a message to the list?
  10. Why are my posting rejected?
  11. May I send postings from other sources
  12. What are the general guidelines?
  13. Your question is not here? Please let us know

1. Why are my postings rejected?

The most common reason for rejection is e-mail aliases or forwarding. Only subscribers can post to the list. (You don't even want to think about non-subscriber postings). You may have an e-mail alias such as w2dx@qsl.net which automatically forwards your mail to w2dx@bellatlantic.net. If you subscribe as w2dx@qsl.net, you cannot post as w2dx@bellatlantic.net. Most mail programs, including Netscape, will let you mail with any return address. Go to your configuration options. If you send mail from bill@whitehouse.gov, don't tell the FBI where you picked up this tidbit.


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3817 days ago. - Top

2. Is the mail list archived?

Yes. It is maintained by a 3rd party source and can be accessed by going to http://mail-archive.com/dx-news@njdxa.org/


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3817 days ago. - Top

3. I keep getting duplicate messages. What is wrong?

Before you panic, check the mail headers. Many complaints about duplicate messages are really messages sent to more than one list. If you are subscribed to more than one list (for example, the DX-News and the CQ-Contest list), you will receive two copies of the message, one from each mailing list. If you receive one or two duplicate messages, ignore them. if you always receive duplicate mesages, you may be subscribed to the list from two different addresses. If you can extract the Received: headers from the message, you can forward copies of the message with the Received: headers intact to w2dec@njdxa.org or to kf2ti@njdxa.org. If you cannot include the Received: heades, then DO NOT forward the message., We can't debug the problem without the headers.

Again, do not send mail about the problem to the entire mailing list. ! The list subscribers cannot do anything to fix the problem, and have probabluy figured out for themselves that something is wrong.


- Last Update: April 9, 2004 which is 3819 days ago. - Top

4. What is the Internet DX Mailing List?

It is an electronic mailing list dedicated to the dissemination of important and up to the minute information on any topic related to DX or DXCC. It is not the place to discuss controversial topics or to air one's own opinions. This reflector is reserved strictly for brief notes concerning current DX, imminent DXpeditions, news items of broad interest, and short operating tips relating to a DX station presently on the air. Think of this reflector as a bulletin board for DX related news. Discussions, opinions, and all other back and forth exchanges must be carried on through our DX Chat Reflector, and not here. The penalty for not adhering strictly to these rules will result in your permanent expulsion from the list.


- Last Update: April 5, 2004 which is 3823 days ago. - Top

5. What are your rules governing my use of this reflector?

As with all properly managed news and discussion lists, users must abide by our rules as follows: Rule 1. No Profanity
Rule 2. All items must be DX related
Rule 3. Due to the international nature of this list, postings shall be items of interest to all subscribers. Discussion of items of interest only to specific groups are not permitted.
Rule 4. Topics of a controversial or of a highly opinionated nature are strictly forbidden. Items that fall into this category include but are not limited to discussions of DX Nets, the code/no-code debate, comments on an individual operator's skills, and criticisms of DXpeditions or of individual operators.
Rule 5. There shall be no infalmmatory comments whatsoever (flames). Neither shall there be criticisms of this list or of our policies.

If you don't like something, unbsubscribe. If you don't like the way something is handled, use the message and feedback form below. Do not complain about anything here. Perpetual whiners will be banished to 160 meters at Noon using a 10 mw transmitter, and will be admitted back to the llist only after they achieve DXCC Honor Roll on that band.

We take this listing seriously. We hope you will do the same.


- Last Update: April 6, 2004 which is 3822 days ago. - Top

6. What happens if I break the rules?

You will incur the wrath of Urb, Steve, and approximately 1800 of the world's premier DXing Community. Heaven help you, because we won't. If you post something that is not DX-related, you will receive a private gentle reminder. For a second offense, the reminder is not so gentle. The third time and you're history! Our motto is "DX News, not DX noise." For the use of profane language, you will be banished from the list permanently. This means even from the first offense, you will lose all posting privileges.


- Last Update: April 6, 2004 which is 3822 days ago. - Top

7. What about contesting and QSL information?

Discussions about contests and contesting should be kept to the various contest and contesting mailing lists. Discussions about QSLing habits are discouraged. There are many alternate sources of QSL and QSL Manager information. The reflector should be considered the route of ultimate last hope.


- Last Update: April 6, 2004 which is 3822 days ago. - Top

8. How do I subscribe or unsubscribe?

A robot maintains the mailing list subscriptions. The easiest way to subscribe or unsubscribe is to use the form at the bottom of this and every page on the NJDXA Web Site. Mail from the list might not cease immediately after you unsubscribe. Due to the way mail is handled, you will receive messages already in the delivery queue at the time you unsubscribed. This should amount to no more than 2 or 3 messages.


- Last Update: April 6, 2004 which is 3822 days ago. - Top

9. How do I send a message to the list?

It's easy! Just send an e-mail message to: dx-news@njdxa.org Your message will be automatically resent to all the mailing list subscribers. Depending on the load on our mail system, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. If you do not see your message within a day or so, send a message to w2dec@njdxa.org (NOT the general submission address), and Urb will look into the problem.


- Last Update: April 9, 2004 which is 3819 days ago. - Top

10. Why are my posting rejected?

The most common reason for rejection is e-mail aliases or forwarding. Only subscribers can post to the list. (You don't even want to think about non-subscriber postings.) You may have an e-mail alias such as W2DX@qsl.net which automatically forwards your mail to W2DX@bellatlantic.net. If you subscribe as W2DX@qsl.net, you cannot post as W2DX@bellatlantic.net. Most mail program, including Netscape, will let you mail with any return address. Go to your configuration options. If you send mail from Bill@whitehouse.gov, don't tell the FBI where you picked up this tidbit. Is the mailing list archived?


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3817 days ago. - Top

11. May I send postings from other sources

No compilation copyright is asserted over this mailing list. The individual submissions to the mailing list may be (and probably are) covered by national copyright law, and international copyright conventions. When in doubt, consult a lawyer. If you do reproduce information obtained from the list in a published newsletter please give credit to the message author and the mailing list


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3817 days ago. - Top

12. What are the general guidelines?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when sending a message to the list. Adherence to these guidelines is mandatory! If you fail to follow them you will immediately, and permanently, be removed from the list. Make sure your subject line is appropriate. If a conversation wanders off the original topic, change the subject line to reflect the new line of discussion. Proofread your message before sending it! Spelling mistakes and poor formatting do nothing to help you get your message across. Keep it short! Many subscribers pay for their e-mail access. If replying to an existing message, repeat only as much as necessary. We all read it once. Don't include 100 lines of the message you're replying to and then say "I agree." Watch your language! Don't say anything that you wouldn't (or shouldn't) say over the air. Profanity will not be tolerated. If someone asks a question, send your answer to them directly. The person asking the question should collect the responses, then send a summary to the list. This helps cut down on unnecessary list traffic. Absolutely no flaming. If someone sends a flame to the list and you can't bite your tongue, send your flaming reply directly back to the flaming individual, not back to the list. No one wants to read flames. Make sure there is something of value in each message you send to the list.


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3817 days ago. - Top

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