Based very loosely on Helge's Lantra-L FAQ
This is a mailing list for translators, interpreters and other language practitioners. Most of messages relate to translation related issues, and the balance is made up of literally anything else translators may want to discuss. Lantra-L is a high-volume mailing list, partially self-regulated through the use of subject-line tags.
Three e-mail addresses
For posting messages to the list: firstname.lastname@example.org
For sending commands to the server: email@example.com
To contact the list owners: firstname.lastname@example.org
Archive of past messages
All messages on Lantra-L are automatically archived by the server. You can access the archive via e-mail or via the web.
Archives via e-mail
Simply send the command INDEX LANTRA-L to email@example.com to receive a list of the available logs. Then request individual logs by sending the command GET LANTRA-L lognamehere.
The log names are coded by date, eg LOG9512D means week 4 of December 1995.
Archives via the web
Read and search through old messages at http://segate.sunet.se/archives/lantra-l.html.
You will have to register with your subscribed e-mail address and get a password before you can access the archives via the web.
Send listserv commands in the body of the mail (you can put anything in the subject line). The command must be the first thing of the e-mail message, and the message must be sent in plaintext. Remember to send listserv commands to firstname.lastname@example.org (not to the Lantra-L mailing list address).
To view all listserv commands: INFO REFCARD
To subscribe: SUB LANTRA-L Your Name
To unsubscribe: UNSUB LANTRA-L
To go nomail: SET LANTRA-L NOMAIL
To come back from nomail, or to change back from digest mode or index mode: SET LANTRA-L MAIL
To get messages in digest (instead of individually): SET LANTRA-L DIGESTS
To get messages in index format (summaries only): SET LANTRA-L INDEX
To search for members: SCAN LANTRA-L yoursearchtexthere
To view your subscription status: QUERY LANTRA-L
To view all subscribers (sorted by domain): REVIEW LANTRA-L
To view all subscribers (sorted by TLD): REVIEW LANTRA-L BY COUNTRY
To view all subscribers (sorted by name): REVIEW LANTRA-L BY NAME
Subject line tags
Helge's FAQ contains a list of official tags, but there are some variations of these in actual usage. It is generally not welcomed to make up your own tags... the existing ones should be quite sufficient. A tag is written in uppercase at the very start of the subject line of a new message, and is followed by a colon and a space.
Here they are in alphabetical order:
ADMIN: Questions or issues pertaining to the administration of the mailing list.
COMP: Anything related to computers or computer usage.
HUMOR: Used only on Fridays or virtual Fridays, for jokes. Preferably family friendly jokes.
INFO: News about translator events, new services, or reference materials available, including useful URLs.
ISSUE: Discussion of things specifically relating to the translation profession.
POLIT: Formerly "POL", for any political or offensive discussion.
QUERY: The question to which an ISSUE or INFO post might have been the answer. Also questions on reference material and professional training.
RANT: To complain about something translation related.
TADA: To brag about something (not necessarily translation related).
TERM: Terminology and grammar questions, specifically relating to jobs for clients.
URL: For posting useful URLs.
THANKS: Add "THANKS" at the end of the subject line if you want to say thanks.
URGENT: Add "URGENT" right after the first tag if an urgent reply is needed.
Body text conventions
Lantrans usually adhere to the following netiquette guidelines.