As you may have noticed, the www-* mailing lists have been down
for the past week as we dealt with an overloaded system and a
massive queue of infinitely-bouncing messages. All requests and
submissions for the past week have been lost to the bit bucket
(necessary in order to rebuild the system) and the old ListProcessor
has been replaced with SmartLists (part of the procmail package).
Since this is equivalent to being subscribed for the first time,
I am sending the help text with this message -- please save it for
If you want to unsubscribe, just send a message to
<email@example.com> with "unsubscribe" in the subject.
.....Roy Fielding (firstname.lastname@example.org) speaking as email@example.com
******* firstname.lastname@example.org *******
This is the public mailing list for TECHNICAL DISCUSSION among those
interested in enhancing the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) or building
systems that support HTML. It is explicitly intended for the
collaborative design of new systems, software, protocols, and documentation
which may be useful to the HTML developer community.
******* About the WWW-* Mailing Lists *******
There are many WWW-related mailing lists. A full list of them
is available at
NOTE that this list is not the place for any of the following:
How do I configure [insert-favorite-software-here]?
I'm new to the web -- what is it?
I tried to ask [insert-company-here] customer support, but
[I didn't get any response / they told me to RTFM]
What does RTFM mean?
Answers to the above are often found in the WWW FAQ maintained
by Thomas Boutell. The FAQ is available from several sites.
Use the mirror closest to you:
Sunsite, eastern United States (North America):
Internex Online, Montreal, eastern Canada (North America):
New Software Technologies Service, Austria (Europe):
Glocom, Japan (Asia):
The FAQ also lists the names of all the USENET newsgroups that are
available regarding the WWW (most under the comp.infosystems.www.*
******* Administrative Requests *******
The -request mail address should be used for all list administrative
requests. It accepts the following commands (in the Subject of an
subscribe -- Subscribe to the list. If you want to subscribe
under a different address, use a Reply-To: address
header in the message.
unsubscribe -- Unsubscribe from the list.
help -- Get information about the mailing list.
archive help -- Get information about the list archive(s).
In the event of an address change, it would probably be wisest to first
send an unsubscribe for the old address (this can be done from the new
address), and then a new subscribe from the new address (the order is
Most (un)subscription requests are processed automatically without human
intervention. Do not send multiple (un)subscription or info requests in
one mail. Only one will be processed per mail.
NOTE: The -request server usually does quite a good job in discriminating
between (un)subscribe requests and messages intended for the
maintainer. If you'd like to make sure a human reads your message,
make it look like a reply (i.e. the first word in the Subject: field
should be "Re:", without the quotes of course); the -request server
does not react to replies.
******* Archive Server *******
Every submission sent to this list is archived. Eventually, this
archive will be accessible via HTTP.
If you want to access this archive by e-mail, you have to send mail
to the -request address with the word "archive" as the first word of
your Subject:. To get you started, try sending a mail to the -request
address with the following:
Subject: archive help
******* Other Archives *******
A long-term hypertext archive of the www-talk and www-html mailing
lists is available at
Other archives are listed at