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Elder Abuse Listserve FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Version #5, May 2003

D.   Subscribing and Unsubscribing:

  1. How do I subscribe to the listserve?

    • To subscribe, send an e-mail to the list manager, Lori Stiegel, at [email protected].

    • A request to subscribe must come from the individual who wishes to subscribe; no one will be subscribed at the request of another person.

    • Your request must include all the following information in the body of the message:
      your e-mail address (even if it will appear in the "from" line of your e-mail - see question #19 if you want to know why), your name, your profession, a statement of your interest/expertise in adult protective services/elder abuse, the name of the organization for which you work (if applicable) and its address, and your phone number so that you can be contacted in the event of an e-mail problem.

  2. May I subscribe at more than one address?

    No. Only under extraordinary circumstances will the listserve manager allow an individual to subscribe at more than one address.

  3. How do I unsubscribe from the listserve?

    If you only want to leave the listserve temporarily, such as for a vacation or other extended absence from your office, you should temporarily stop receipt of listserve mail via NOMail, rather than unsubscribe. See questions #31 and #32 for rationale and instructions.

    There are three ways to unsubscribe from the listserve. NONE OF THEM INVOLVES SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE LISTSERVE ADDRESS.

    • To unsubscribe by e-mail, send a command to the server ([email protected]). All your command should say is SIGNOFF ELDERABUSE (those words have to be typed just like that - with a space between SIGNOFF and ELDERABUSE - and they have to be in the text area of your message, but they don't have to be capitalized).    The command should not contain a subject header or any other text, including an AutoSignature. It must, however, come from the address at which you are subscribed or else the server will not recognize and unsubscribe you.

    • To unsubscribe on the Internet, do the following:

      • Go to http://mail.abanet.org/scripts/wa.exe (Note: that address does not contain www.)

      • You will find yourself on a page titled "The American Bar Association's List Server." Click on the link to Online Mailing List Archives. A list of all the ABA's listserves will appear. Scroll down the list until you find Elderabuse and then click on the underlined word.

      • That action will take you to a page titled "Archives of [email protected]" where you can choose among the following options: "search the archives," "post to the list," or "join or leave the list (or change settings)."

      • Click on "join or leave the list (or change settings)."

      • That action will take you to a page titled "Join or Leave the ELDERABUSE List."

      • Type in the e-mail address at which you are subscribed and your name. Then click on the "Leave ELDERABUSE" button.

    • If you have trouble unsubscribing yourself, send a message to the listserve manager ([email protected]) explaining what problem you have experienced trying to do it yourself and asking her to unsubscribe you. It will help her figure out the problem if you forward to her the signoff message that you sent and the response you received to it from the server. Your message MUST include your name so that the listserve manager can look up the address at which you are subscribed.

    Every message posted to the listserve contains instructions on how to unsubscribe. Between that fact and this FAQ, the only reason why you should ask the listserve manager for help in unsubscribing is if your attempts to unsubscribe fail.

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