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Tom Gilas MD, FRCSC, FACS

General Surgeon
Active Staff, Toronto East General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario
Assistant Professor, Dept. Surgery, University of Toronto
Interests- Head & Neck, Laparoscopy
Owner - SURGINET mailing List
tgilas@sympatico.ca
416-778-5522
Fax 416-778-9424


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Table of Contents

1) What is SURGINET?

2) Sounds great, How Do I Subscribe?

3) How do I unsubscribe?

4) These addresses are confusing. Where do I send my postings ?

5) How do I turn off mail while I am away?

6) Who else is subscribed to the list and where are they from?

7) How can I get all the old postings from SURGINET that I missed?

8) My postings don't seem to be getting through...why don't I see them?

9) Yikes! Too much mail!

10) I'm changing addresses Now what?

11) What other commands can the Listserv respond to?

12) SURGINET Rules / Regulations / Requests

13) Acknowledgments

14) A picture of the Lord and Master of SURGINET




1) What is SURGINET?

SURGINET is an Email discussion list for General Surgeons that serves as a forum for academic and clinical discussions and knowledge sharing specific to the specialty of General Surgery. General Surgeons from anywhere in the world are welcome. The official language is English. While officially the list membership is restricted to Surgeons, we have members who are from many disciplines ie Nursing, Med students, Basic scientists, Pharmacists, Residents, even Veterinarians! All are welcome but they must respect the guiding principle for the list and that is that discussions are held at a professional, academic and scientific level. SURGINET mailing list is run by me...the list owner Tom Gilas tgilas@sympatico.ca Back to T.O.C.

2) Sounds great, How Do I Subscribe?


Two ways; the best is to send me private email .tgilas@sympatico.ca with a brief CV and introduction and then if your application is approved presto you will be added to the list and you will recieve an introductory letter with various bits of info about the list,or you can send the email command

sub surginet firstname lastname

to

listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca

This request will eventually come to me and the I'll send you back a request for your CV so it would probably be better to just email me. Back to T.O.C.

3) How do I unsubscribe?


Send the email

signoff surginet

to

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4) These addresses are confusing. Where do I send my postings ?


There are two addresses to remember
listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca this is where you send commands such as "sub", "unsub", "review" etc. The other is the actual list address to which you send your postings which will be read by all others on the list. Try not to send commands to the list address since then everyone will get and download a meaningless message. The actual list address is surginet@listserv.utoronto.ca
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5) How do I turn off mail while I am away?


If you go away and don't wish to have thousands of SURGINET postings waiting in your electronic mail box when you return you can turn mail off and then back on when you return.
To turn mail delivery off send

set surginet nomail

to

listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca

When you return, simply send

set surginet mail

to the same address and mail delivery will be turned back on. Back to T.O.C.

6) Who else is subscribed to the list and where are they from?

To check on your own personal Surginet "settings" or to get a list of all Surginet subscribers send

review surginet to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca

It can also be neat to see what countries are represented by getting a list of subscribers sorted by country by sending

review surginet by country to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca


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7) How can I get all the old postings from SURGINET that I missed

All messages posted on surginet are archived and stored by month, To get all messages from a certain month send

index surginet

to the listserv and look thru the list and then as instructed on that list send

"GET SURGINET LOGxxxx"

to the listserv to retrieve the archived file you are interested in.
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8) My postings don't seem to be getting through...why don't I see them?



The listserv by default doesn't send your own message back to you when you send it to surginet, therefore it may appear that your messages are not getting thru but they are. To get a copy of your own posting sent back to you ( I do this as a useful check on successful transmission) send

set surginet repro to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca Back to T.O.C.

9) Yikes! Too much mail!


You may find that you are recieving too much surginet mail and that it is a pain to download so many messages every day. You can switch to digest mode which will send you all the messages over a given recent time period as one bolus. Simply send

set surginet digest to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca

when and if you want to switch back just send set surginet nodigest to the same address. Back to T.O.C.

10) I'm changing addresses Now what?

If your email address changes please send unsub surginet to

listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca (make sure you send it from the address that you initially subscribed from) , Then please email me privately to add your new address. tgilas@sympatico.ca

11) What other commands can the Listserv respond to?

There are helpful guides to the use of Listserv software located at


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12) SURGINET Rules / Regulations / Requests

There are a few requests I have

1) Surginet Commandment #1 - When replying to a previous posting please don't include the header of that message in your quote since it mixes up the LISTSERV program.

2) Please use a signature such as

Tom Gilas MD,FRCSC,FACS
Lecturer, Dept. of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Active Staff, Division of General Surgery, Toronto East Gen. Hosp.
Interests/Sub specialty - Head & Neck

this gives the members of the list an idea as to who they are communicating with. I realise it's a pain to type all that out every time but many E-mail programs have the ability to store pre-typed signatures such as Eudora which is what I use.

3) Please contact me with changes of address if you don't all your mail gets bounced back to me which can become a pain.

4) Remember that this is an educational and scholarly forum for General Surgeons, however there are many subscribers on the list who are not surgeons but are in related disciplines eg nursing, anaesthesia, basic sciences,veterinary surgery, even members from the business community. Nevertheless please be aware that commercial activity will be extremely frowned upon by the members of the list.

5) If you reply to a posting please only quote sufficient enough of that posting to establish the context of your words of wisdom. Some of our postings are quite lengthy and it's irritating to have to download a large message most of which is a quote.

6) Please save all the introductory letters you will get upon first becoming a SURGINET Subscriber. They contain valuable tips that you may want to use in the future but will certainly forget. This will save ME a lot of time.

Finally, may I suggest that your first posting to the list be a brief self introduction describing your qualifications, practice and research interests academic affiliations etc.

Once again please contact me with any questions and also if you have any ideas as to how we can or should modify +/or improve the workings of this list so that we can make it a truly worthwhile educational experience. tgilas@sympatico.ca

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13) Acknowledgments

Special thanks to The University of Toronto for hosting this List on their machine and to Steve Younker and Jonathan Ohayon the "Masterfull Listmasters" without whose help and guidance this list would not have been possible.
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