Updated Nov. 14, 2009
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Index-L is a mailing list intended to promote good indexing practice. The group provides a forum for aspiring and professional indexers to share information and ideas relating to the intellectual, philosophical, and technical aspects of index preparation. Topics for discussion can include various types of index structures such as indexes for books, periodicals, online text, databases, or hypermedia. Participants include but are not limited to the following groups: members of the American Society of Indexers (ASI); librarians and library school faculty and students; information access professionals; hypertext and database developers; and authors indexing their own works.
For the most part, Index-L is not moderated. Occasionally the list owner will stop banter that is totally inappropriate.Note, there are many indexing lists out there. If you don't like Index-L then unsubscribe and join a different list.
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Before posting messages to Index-L, please read about Index-L netiquette. It's always a good idea to search the archives before posting a message to see if your question has been previously discussed.
You can post messages to the list through the graphical user interface (GUI) or by e-mail.Post a message using the GUI
For the most part, Index-L is not moderated. This means the listowner does not see the messages before subscribers do, nor does she read every message. Occasionally the list owner will stop banter that is totally inappropriate. There are +/-1000 subscribers to index-l. It is a very diverse group of freelance indexers, students, academics, in-house indexers, technical writers, editors, and others. Use the following guidelines to decide if your posting is appropriate.
Appropriate postings include messages related to indexing theory, practice, or the business of indexing. This includes back-of-the- book, periodical, database, electronic, or an indeterminate future form of indexing. It also includes meeting announcements, job postings, training opportunities, and questions/answers about software/equipment.
Inappropriate postings include:
Replying to the list vs. the individual
Index-L is configured to "Reply-all." This means when you reply to a message on Index-L it will be sent to the entire list. If you do not want to send a message to the entire list, simply reply to the person who sent the message.
Take private discussions offline:
This one is very simple, do not have private discussions on Index-L.
Other posting tips:
"Your subscription has been held because at least 6 recent messages have
been either bounced by your email system, or could not be delivered at all"?
Possible reasons for bouncing mail include:
Index-L does not accept messages containing attachments, including v-cards, signatures, or other types of attachments.
Index-L is configured to receive 80 messages a day. If the list software detects more than 80 messages you will receive an email informing you of the limit.
HTML messages are problematic for many Index-L subscribers. Index-L no longer accepts messages in HTML format. For instructions on setting your e-mail client to send plain text messages, see http://email.about.com/cs/netiquettetips/qt/et070103.htm
Send plain text messages. Do not send HTML or MIME messages. For instructions on setting your e-mail client to send plain text messages, see http://email.about.com/cs/netiquettetips/qt/et070103.htm. If these instruction do not work for you then refer to your e-mail client's instructions on how to send plain text. Do not waste Index-L resources by discussing the the "plain text/html" issue on this list.
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