I post a message to the list?
I respond to a message on GABO?
post right away?
there a special format for posts?
will I receive GABO posts?
I change my subscription options?
I need to stop mail for a while? Or what if I just want to post
messages and not receive them?
How can I read GABO posts without
having all those messages come to my inbox?
I change my e-mail address?
are appropriate topics for discussion?
some topics not permitted?
bird-feeding isn't an appropriate topic for GABO, may I not
report birds at my feeders?
there size limitations to posts?
post as often as I like?
commercial posts permitted?
include a signature quote?
I search the archives?
is the history of GABO?
if I have additional questions or concerns?
I contact a listowner?
Q: What is GABO?
A: GABO is a discussion list established to provide an online forum
for the exchange of information about Georgia’s wild birds. Because
it uses the “listserv” protocol, powerful archiving and search tools
are available as well.
Q: How do I post a
message to the list?
A: Send messages to this address, just as you would any other
You may wish to add it to your address book.
Q: How do I respond to a message on GABO?
A: GABO is set up to send your response only to the original poster
when you click on the “reply” button in your e-mail client. If you
wish to respond to the entire list, you must use your “reply all”
button or its equivalent.
Q: Can I post right away?
A: In an attempt to foil certain spammers who join lists merely to
send mass mailings, new subscribers are automatically set to
“Review” status. This means their initial post will come to an owner
for verification before it goes out to the entire list. At that
time, legitimate subscribers will have their status changed to “No
Q: Is there a special format for posts?
A: Posts should have an informative subject line and should always
include a signature with the poster’s full name and geographic
location. Please also use, at least once, the full name of any birds
you mention; this will make searching the archives more productive
for all. Post in plain text only – turn html and rich text
formatting OFF in your e-mail client. And please turn word-wrap ON;
this makes it much easier to read your messages in the archives.
Techniques for setting these options vary among different software
programs, but are typically found under such toolbar headings as
“preferences” or “tools.”
Q: How will I receive GABO posts?
A: You may choose among several subscription types. With
“Traditional” you will receive, in your mailbox, all messages posted
to the list each day. This is the default format for all new
subscribers. With “Digest” you will receive a single consolidated
message compilation once each day. With “Index” you will receive a
single message each day indexing that day’s posts; you may then
follow the links to any messages you wish to read in detail.
Q: How do I change my subscription options?
A: There are two ways to manage your account, via direct commands
sent to the listserv server, and interactively in real time on the
1. Direct command - This method requires that you know specific
commands and their formats. To obtain a list of commands send an
e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words INFO
REFCARD in the body of the message.
2. Interactively - This method, the easiest, requires that you first
acquire a listserv password. This can be done easily and need only
be done once. Simply register your choice at this URL:
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/ Your password will be good on any
of the thousands of listserv lists at UGA that you choose to subscribe to.
With your password, you can make changes to your account at this
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html Click on "Join
or leave the list (or change settings)."
Q: What if I need to stop mail for a while? Or what
if I just want to post messages and not receive them?
A: Using one of the methods described above, you can set your
account to "NOMAIL" for as long as you like. This will not affect
your subscription, and you can set it back to "MAIL" whenever you
choose. (The direct command for this is "set gabo-l nomail" in the
body of the message and without the quotes, and it should be sent to
email@example.com rather than to the list itself.)
Q: How can I read GABO posts without
having all those messages come to my inbox?
A: Set your account to “NOMAIL” using the instructions above. All
recent GABO posts (i.e., the latest 50 or so messages) can be viewed
at the followings site:
Q: What if I change my e-mail address?
A: See above directions for interactive account management to change
your address. Or you can unsubscribe using the old e-mail address
and subscribe using the new, just as you did when you joined the
list initially. (To unsubscribe send this message (in the body of
the message and without the quotes): "unsubscribe gabo-l" to
Q: What are appropriate topics for discussion?
A: Bird sightings (particularly of rare or unusual birds); birding
sites; trip reports; birding event/meeting/trip announcements; bird
behavior, biology, and ecology; state or regional bird-related
conservation issues (but not politics or arguments); and similar
topics pertinent to Georgia and its immediate vicinity. Please use
common sense, and feel free to contact an owner if you are in doubt
about the appropriateness of a given topic.
Q: Are some topics not permitted?
A: Yes. Topics specifically prohibited include caged/pet/domestic
birds; the practical aspects of bird feeding; falconry; hunting;
political advocacy; general conservation issues; discussion of cat
predation on birds; virus alerts. This list is not comprehensive -
please once again use common sense and keep in mind the fundamental
purposes of the list; countless other lists exist for discussing
these and other topics
Q: If bird-feeding isn't an appropriate topic for
GABO, may I not report birds at my feeders?
A: It's not the location of the report that's important, but the
nature of it - posts should focus not on the repeated reports of
day-to-day birds (Most of us could report cardinals and timice at
our feeders every day.), but rather on unusual birds,
arrival/departure dates, interesting behavior, id help, etc.
Q: Are there size limitations to posts?
A: Messages are limited to 200 lines each.
Q: Are attachments allowed?
A: No. Attachments are a prime source of viruses and are not
permitted on GABO.
If you wish to share photos with the list, please post them to your
own or a photo-share web site, and send a message to GABO that
includes a link to the site.
Q: Can I post as often as I like?
A: There are currently no limits to the number of posts an
individual can make, but please keep in mind that each of your
messages goes to several hundred subscribers and that everyone
suffers from a glut of e-mail these days and be considerate and
thoughtful in the number and content of your messages.
Q: Are commercial posts permitted?
A: Generally, commercial posts in which the poster has an interest
are not allowed, but the title of your business or occupation may be
included in your signature.
Q: May I include a signature quote?
A: There is currently no prohibition on this popular practice, but
please avoid incendiary and potentially controversial or offensive
topics, such as religion and politics.
Q: How do I search the archives?
A: Follow the "Search the archives" link at this URL:
Q: What is the history of GABO?
A: Steve Holzman started GABO-L with a first post on September 16,
Several states had e-mail lists to facilitate communication among
birders, and he felt Georgia could benefit from its own list. Dr.
Sara Schweitzer at the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA agreed to
be the University sponsor so that GABO could be housed there and
utilize listserv software. The list now (2005) has over 600 members
and is an important resource for birders and ornithologists alike.
Q: What if I have additional questions or concerns?
A: Try this site for further details (http://www.gos.org/gabo.html)
or contact a listowner.
Q: How do I contact a listowner?
A: Send a message to GABO-L-request@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU