New MAIZE prototype newsgroup

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Thu Feb 1 16:19:20 EST 1996

The following new prototype newsgroup is available from

Information for the MAIZE prototype newsgroup (mailing list):

Posting address:        maize at

Discussion leaders:     Marty Sachs           Ricardo Salvador
                        msachs at       salvador at


This newsgroup would provide a forum to facilitate communication and
interaction among researchers, educators, students, producers,
specialists, and all others with an interest in maize (Zea mays L.).

Discussion/inquiries would include the anatomy, breeding, genetics,
biochemistry, molecular biology, origin/evolution, ethnobotany,
germplasm, production and utilization of maize, including information
exchange regarding mutants, genetic stocks, mapping, methodology,
conferences, events and other issues in maize science and corn

This is a "prototype" newsgroup set up as a six month trial (more
below), it is only available from our host at in the U.S.
If it survives the trial period, it will be available at both BIOSCI
sites and a parallel USENET news distribution in the bionet hierarchy
will be made available in addition to the current mail distribution

Subscribing to this list:

All BIOSCI/bionet newsgroups are now accessible via the World Wide
Web, so the only reason to sign up or remain on the mailing list is if
you want to have messages sent to your personal mail file.  You can
access all postings at any time as follows.  Please go to URL, click on the "Access the BIOSCI/bionet Newsgroups"
option and then click on the MAIZE hyperlink.  You can read, reply to,
or post new messages through our Web site if your Web browser is
configured properly to send e-mail.

Log in to the computer account in which you would like to receive mail
(not an account that you use infrequently) and send a mail message to
the Internet address

biosci-server at

Leave the Subject: line of the message blank (anything entered on it
is ignored) and enter the following line into the body of the mail

subscribe maize

This message will be automatically read by our computer and your
e-mail address will be extracted from the mail header and added to the

Canceling your subscription:

If you want to cancel your subscription, send a message to
biosci-server at exactly as described above except include
the text

unsubscribe maize

in the body of the message.  Please be sure to send the message from
the account whose address matches the one on the list.


Please send a message to the Internet address

biosci-help at

and someone on the staff here will help you.  PLEASE DO NOT send mail
to our personal e-mail addresses as this will delay a response to your
request for help.

How to post a message to the group:

Simply mail your message to the Internet address

maize at

and your message will be distributed automatically to everyone on the
list.  There is no editorial intervention.  PLEASE DO NOT send
subscription requests to this address as you will bother everyone on
the newsgroup.  Please use the biosci-server at address as
instructed above for subscription/cancellation requests.

How to reply to a message on the group:

If you are replying to a message on our WWW site, simply click on the
newsgroup mailing address which should appear as a hyperlink on the
To: header line of the message that you are reading if you want to
send a public reply.  If you want to reply privately, click on the
sender's e-mail address which is a hyperlink on the From: line of the
message.  Your Web browser may allow you to "quote" the original
message, i.e., include the text that you are replying to in your
response.  Please edit out unneeded text to minimize consumption of
hardware and network resources.

Replies to messages that you receive by e-mail will *NOT* be
automatically returned to the group.  Our default reply goes only to
the original message poster as is the standard for Internet mailing
lists.  You must be certain that your reply contains the address

maize at

in the mail header if you want to share it with everyone on the group.
Otherwise in most cases your reply may go back to only the original
poster of the message to which you are replying.

ALWAYS be certain that you examine the address on your messages before
you send them!!!  Once a message is sent there is no way to cancel it
or bring it back!!!  Some non-Internet compliant mail systems may
attempt to send replies to our error-trapping address called
BIOSCI-REQUEST.  If yours does this, please be sure to readdress your
message to maize at if you want to send it to the

How to look at archives of the list:

The MAIZE archives are available on the World Wide Web at URL  Please look under the "Access the BIOSCI/bionet
Newsgroups" hypertext link and then click on the MAIZE hyperlink.
Each monthly archive directory is assigned a date such as 9509 for
September 1995.  You can read, reply to, or post new messages through
our Web site if your Web browser is configured properly to send
e-mail.  Postings to MAIZE are also indexed and can be searched at our

Future Plans for the group:

This is a "prototype newsgroup" in our terminology which means that it
is currently distributed only by e-mail and the WWW, not on USENET.
You will find it listed near the end of the BIOSCI info sheet, not in
the main list of BIOSCI newsgroups.  In six months there will be a
vote to either convert it to a full-fledged USENET newsgroup or shut
it down.

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