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Discussion Group Help

How to send a message to the list

How to log in to My Discussion Groups?

How do I subscribe to a discussion group?

How to unsubscribe or change my delivery settings for a discussion group?

What are my delivery options?

How do I change my discussion group email address?

How do I view and search the archives?

Problems posting to the list?

Overwhelmed by the amount of email you are receiving from the list?

Complaints about violation of list rules

Contact ISBA staff

How to send a message to a discussion group?

To post to a discussion group via e-mail, send your message to name-of-list@list.isba.org (e.g.: isbacafe@list.isba.org). You can only post from the e-mail address at which you are subscribed.

You may also post to a discussion group from our website by going to the My Discussion Groups page and clicking on the name of the list you want to post to.

How to log in to My Discussion Groups?

You can log into the My Discussion Groups page with your regular ISBA log in credentials. If you can't remember your password their are instructions on the login form to reset your password. If you don't have an email set for your discussion groups, you will be required to give one then.

How do I subscribe to a discussion group?

To subscribe, go to the My Discussion Groups page and find the list to which you want to subscribe in the "Other available lists" section near the bottom of the page and select your preferred delivery method from the select list in the status column.

Subscribe

How to unsubscribe or change my delivery settings for a discussion group?

To unsubscribe, go to the My Discussion Groups page and find the list to which you want to unsubscribe in the "My lists" section and select Unsubscribe (or whatever setting you want from the select list in the status column.

Unsubscribe

What are my delivery options?

The delivery options are:

  • Normal list mail - Messages are sent too you as they are submitted.
  • Daily Digest - One email is sent after midnight with all the posts for the day.
  • Web Only - No email is sent to you, but you can post to the discussion group and view messages in the archives.

How do I change my discussion group email address?

You can change your discussion group email address for all of your lists at once by changing your email address at the top of the My Discussion Groups page and clicking the button that say "Change" next to it.

change email

You may also change your discussion group email on your account page.

How do I view and search the archives?

Go to the My Discussion Groups page and click the name of the group you are interested in. You will see the most recent message threads at the top and a search box.

Clicking on the subject will take you to a page with all messages in that thread.

Problems posting to the list?

Problems with delivery of posts from AOL or Yahoo users

Because of a change in AOL and Yahoo policy, messages to our discussion lists from AOL or Yahoo users cannot be delivered to AOL or Yahoo addresses (and some others as well, including Comcast). They can be viewed by users of most other email services but not by AOL or Yahoo account holders -- even if they sent the message!

Unfortunately, there is not yet a good solution to this issue. The best option is to change your email address on our discussion lists to something other than AOL or Yahoo.

If you’re an AOL or Yahoo user who only wants to read messages and not post them, you may login into the web interface and view them there. We apologize for the inconvenience.

You received an error that says attachments aren't allowed

In order to prevent viruses, our listserve scans messages for the following suffixes (.bat .pif .exe .rar .vbs .eml .scr .zip). The simplest way around this is to to post your message in Plain Text format. To do so in Outlook, in the message window, choose Format>PlainText. If you use something else, you will need to consult that program's help. Virtually every email program offers the option to send in Plain Text format.

You posted a message but it never went through to the list

First, make sure that you are sending from the address to which you are subscribed. Often people have more than one address and have email forwarded from one to the other. Another common situation is the email program has a different "from" address, than the "to" address.

You may want to try posting messages to the discussion group on our website.

Sometimes, emails are blocked for other reasons, like file size limits. If you know you are sending from a subscribed address, you may contact us to help resolve the issue. Please email webmaster@isba.org for assistance.

Overwhelmed by the amount of email you are receiving from the list?

It is not uncommon for some of our discussion groups to have hundreds of postings a month. Three possible options for dealing with this volume of email are:

  • Choose "Web Only" or "Daily Digest" settings
  • Set up a folder in your email program and then set up a rule to move messages to that folder based on the subject of the email.
  • Create a separate email address for your listserve messages. There are many free email services out there. Gmail even organizes messages in threads based on the subjects making it ideal for following converstions on a listserve.

Complaints about violation of list rules

To file a complaint about violations of list rules, please use this form.

Contacting ISBA staff

If you have questions about the list or your subscription to it, please contact Douglas Knapp at webmaster@isba.org.

If you have questions or suggestions for staff, please contact them directly and not via a message to this list. You'll find a link to staff e-mail addresses in the Staff Directory.