ListServer Website Instructions

The Website Component of the MHCA Discussion ListServer is really a website of its own, separate and distinct from MHCA.COM, with its own security structure. This graphical user interface offers you an easy way to:


Login

If you are already a list member and click on a link to Login to a list, you will go to the list login screen:

 

Here, please type in your email address and password, and click on “Click here to enter list”.

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Ask For A Password Reminder

If you are a list member and have forgotten your password, you can type your email address in the text box at the bottom of the Login page, entitled "Did you forget your password?", click on the "Get password" button, and the ListServer will email your password to that address.

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List Menu

After you've logged in, you will go to the "List Menu" page which offers the following options:

From this menu, you can "Read Messages", "Create a New Message", change "Your Settings", "Leave" (unsubscribe from list - not to be used to just exit the list website!), or perform a "Search" of the list message archives.

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Unsubscribe From (Leave) A List

When you click on "Leave" from the "List Menu", you are telling the ListServer that you want to unsubscribe from the list. Do NOT use this option to simply exit the list website. If you want to exit the list website to go back to the MHCA website, click on the MHCA logo at the bottom of the list website page.

If you click on "Leave", you will be unsubscribed from the list, and will not get any more list messages. You will also need to rejoin (or resubscribe) to the list if you wish to continue participating in the discussion list.

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Change Your Settings

If you wish to change any of your settings, such as your "Email Address", "Name", "Password", and "Status" (receipt options), click on “Your Settings” to go to the following page:

 

Note: We recommend leaving "See Your Messages" and "Acknowledgement" set to their defaults.

Make the desired changes and then click on “Save”.

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Read Messages

To read messages, click on “Read Messages” from the list menu page to go to the following page:

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By default, messages will be sorted as “threaded by subject”. You can resort messages by "Author" and "Date", as well:

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Search Through Archives

You can use the "Search" utility by typing in a keyword or phrase in the text box provided. If you use the "Search" utility, either from the "List Menu" or from within "Read Messages", you will see something like this:

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Jump

The ListServer displays messages in its archives in default increments. The message(s) that you're looking for may not fall within these parameters, so it may be necessary to change these values to increase your Search scope. You can do this by clicking on the pull-down arrow, and selecting the increment value you wish to use.

The ListServer will tell you that "Messages are available from {date} to {date}", and the ListServer is displaying "These messages are from {date} to {date}".

The "Jump Backward" and "Jump Forward" increment defaults to 200. This can be decreased to 5 or increased to 5000. Using this function will take you either Forward or Backward in the message archives whatever number of messages for which you have set this value.

In addition to being able to sort by "Author", "Date", or "Subject", you can also jump to a particular "Date" if you know the approximate time frame that a previous message was sent.

You may need to increase the default increment in the "Number of messages" being shown. By default, the ListServer will show a maximum of 200 messages at a time. This increment can be increased to 500.

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Create A New Message

If you click on the "Create a New Message" button from the "List Menu", you will go to a simple message entry form. In this form, you can type your message "Subject" in the Subject text box, and then type in your message in the Body text box. When you're ready to send, click on "Send Message Now".

Why Create A Message This Way?

You can use this form to send a message directly from the ListServer, rather than going through the email software on your computer. This is similar to using web-based email like Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. Sending messages directly from the server can help you get around some problems that you might be experiencing, such as validation between your computer and the ListServer, or you can use this to send messages to the ListServer from someone else's computer (perhaps if you're on a trip, etc.).

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