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ARNOVA-L - The Nonprofit Organization, Voluntary Action and Philanthropy Discussion List

 

The Nonprofit Organization,Voluntary Action and Philanthropy Discussion Listserv

The ARNOVA-L listserv was established in 1991 and has been incontinuous service since that time. It is one of the oldest and most successfulemail discussion lists in the social sciences. The list enables us tofacilitate the rapid sharing of concerns, interests, problems and solutionsamong interested researchers, teachers, practitioners and students.

Participants come from nearly 40 countries; although the majority arefrom North America. They represent a broad cross-section of researchers,teachers, students and practitioners interested in nonprofit organizations,voluntary action and philanthropy. The continuing success of the list is dueentirely to the enthusiasm and open participation of the subscriber base.

Roger A. Lohmann, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor at West VirginiaUniversity, created the list for the benefit of ARNOVA and the internationalresearch, educational and practice community interested in nonprofitorganizations, voluntary action and philanthropy. Roger supported andmaintained the list for more than 15 years. The role of list facilitator wasthen assumed by Putnam Barber, whose service has been invaluable, and who hashandled the tasks with grace and dedication from 2007 to 2012.  We welcome the new list facilitator, JimmyYoung, who took over facilitation of the list in August 2012. IndianaUniversity-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) currently hosts the listserv.

FAQs for ARNOVA-L are listed below. For additional help with thelistserv, go to: https://list.iupui.edu/sympa/help. A list and explanation of mailcommands is here.

FAQs

What is the purpose of this list?
How do I join ARNOVA-L?
Can I join anonymously?
How do I post a message to the list?
Who can help me if I have a problem with the list?
Is ARNOVA-L moderated?
How can I stop my mail temporarily or change my subscription?
Why was my message rejected?
How do I unsubscribe or leave the list?
What is the most frequent problem encountered by subscribers?
Are there any other user problems?
Can I receive ARNOVA-L mail in digest mode?
Does ARNOVA-L have archives of past messages?
How can I search the archive?
What subject matter questions are appropriate for the list?
Who operates ARNOVA-L?
What is a discussion group?

 

The Purpose of ARNOVA-L

This list was established as an open international electronic forum for anyone engaged with or interested in nonprofit organizations, voluntary action or philanthropy. The list enables us to facilitate the rapid sharing of concerns, interests, problems and solutions among interested researchers, teachers, practitioners and students.

ARNOVA was one of the first social science research associations to establish an ongoing discussion list, and ARNOVA-L has been an interesting and lively forum throughout its history.

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How do I join ARNOVA-L?

Subscribing to ARNOVA-L is very simple:

  1. Choose the address with which you want to subscribe to the list.
  2. Send a message to list@list.iupui.edu, from the address you want to subscribe to the list.
  3. In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe ARNOVA-L Firstname Lastname (indicate your own first name and last name).
  4. Leave the message body blank.

When your request is accepted, the message you receive confirms your subscription to the list. This message contains several pieces of essential information:

  • Your list password. This password is the same for all the lists you subscribed to with a single email address. You can change it online after logging on to the mailing list environment;
  • Detailed information about the list: its purpose, the Internet address at which the message archive is available, etc.
  • The rules applying to the list and its members: allowed and forbidden topics, netiquette, legal information, privacy policy, etc.

 

You should keep your subscription notice: you may need it later to remember your password or to send a precise command to Sympa (example: signoff command).

You can also subscribe to a list through the mailing list web interface. To do this:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log in (for your first time logging in, follow the ‘First login?’ prompt in the upper left-hand corner to register).
  2. In the left menu, go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Subscribe' link.

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Can I join anonymously?

ARNOVA-L is affiliated with a membership organization, and many of the participants are known to one another. One of the few requirements of participation on the list is that you register with your real first and last names (No pseudonyms please). We do not rent, sell or distribute our names list beyond the subscriber base in any fashion, and we will sanction any subscriber who does so.

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How do I post a message to ARNOVA-L?

Posting a message to the entire ARNOVA-L list is as simple as sending an email message to any person once you have subscribed to the list. All you need to do is address an ordinary email message to ARNOVA-L@iupui.edu and it will be delivered to everyone currently subscribed to the list and archived in the ARNOVA-L archives. You must send the message from the address with which you subscribed to the list, otherwise, your message will be rejected.

If you want to send emails to the list from more than one email account, some subscribers have done so by subscribing to the list from multiple email addresses and then setting all but one to ‘no mail’.

To change your Listserv options:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  2. Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Subscriber options' link.

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Who can help me if I have a problem?

If you have problems with or questions about the list, please consult the Listserv help guide. If you still have questions, please direct them to the list facilitator, Jimmy Young, at youngja2@unk.edu. Please do not send questions or complaints to the ARNOVA-L list as it will be distributed to the entire subscribership.

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Is ARNOVA-L moderated?

ARNOVA-L is an unmoderated list. This means that:

  1. No one sees or must approve your message before it goes out to the list.
  2. All messages sent to the list by subscribers to ARNOVA-L are automatically posted to all other members of the list.

Please note that this means that if you "Reply" to messages sent out over the list, your reply will immediately go to all members on the list. If you intend to send a reply directly to someone who wrote an earlier message to the list, you need to send your answer addressed directly to that individual's username and address. If you just hit reply without changing the recipient, your message will be broadcast to the entire list.

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How can I stop my mail temporarily or change my subscription?

If you are planning to go on an extended vacation, conference trip or sabbatical, you can instruct the ARNOVA-L listserv to hold your mail deliveries for the period you are away. You can do this quickly and easily online:

 

  • Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  • Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  • In the left menu, click on the 'Subscriber options' link.
  • Choose the “no mail” option.
  • Later, when you are ready to resume regular mail from the list, log on to the web page again and change your settings.

 

You can make other changes to your account through the 'Subscriber options' link. A list and explanation of mail commands is here.

 

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Why was my message rejected?

A number of messages sent to the list each week are rejected by the LISTSERV software and returned to the senders. The single most frequent reason for this arises from attempts to send a message from a non-subscribed email address. You can keep you addresses up-to-date on the listserv website.

In addition, some subscribers with university emails that have a “mail.university.edu” extension have had some problems in the past posting to the list. If you run into problems posting a message, you might consider subscribing from another email account.

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How do I unsubscribe or leave the list?

To unsubscribe from the list, do as follows:

  1. From the address with which you subscribed to the list, send a message to list@list.iupui.edu.
  2. In the subject line of your email, type in: unsubscribe ARNOVA-L
  3. Leave the message body blank.

You can also unsubscribe through the mailing list web interface:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  2. Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Unsubscribe' link.

 

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What is the most frequent problem encountered by subscribers?

The single most common problem that ARNOVA-L users have experienced consistently over the entire history of the list is a message to the list being rejected because of an address inconsistency. In nearly all instances, this is caused by an update in the user’s email list caused by a change in address schemes at the user's post office (e.g., from to). The internet is a very dynamic place, and these changes can occur below the attention thresholds of many users. Such address changes are usually accompanied by some type of aliasing, and forwarding arrangements, whereby mail is automatically forwarded from the old address to the new one. In some cases, mail may be forwarded four or five times before reaching its final destination.

Discussion lists like ARNOVA-L cannot be automatically updated to reflect these changes, so it is up to users to keep their subscriptions up-to-date. If these changes are not made, when the user tries to send a message to the list from the new address, the LISTSERV software will not recognize them as a legitimate subscriber and will return their message unsent.

You can address this by managing your Listserv options. To do this:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  2. Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Subscriber options' link and update or change your settings.

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Are there any other user problems?

Some ARNOVA-L subscribers use automatic "I'm out of the office" messages to respond automatically to every incoming email when they are out of the office. In most cases, these messages to the List will bounce back to the operator. However, in a few instances, these messages have gone directly to the entire list. To avoid this, please suspend your mail deliveries for the period you are away. You can do this quickly and easily online:

  • Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  • Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  • In the left menu, click on the 'Subscriber options' link.
  • Choose the “no mail” option.
  • Later, when you are ready to resume regular mail from the list, log on to the web page again and change your settings.

In some cases, users whose feedback messages go directly to the list will be suspended for them until they return and the problem can be corrected. If you use these feedback messages and your email from ARNOVA-L suddenly stops while you are away, this may be the problem. It can be corrected easily by doing the following:

  • Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  • Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  • In the left menu, click on the 'Subscriber options' link and update or change your settings.

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Can I receive ARNOVA-L in digest mode?

Digest Mode is a name for the method of receiving email from a list in a single daily file (called a digest, but really a full array of all messages sent to the list that day), You can tell the ARNOVA-L listserv to deliver ARNOVA mail once a day by sending list@list.iupui.edu the following message: SET ARNOVA-L DIGEST. To reverse this setting, send the opposite message: SET ARNOVA-L MAIL. Or by doing the following:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  2. Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Subscriber options' link and update or change your settings.

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Does ARNOVA-L have archives of past messages?

Yes! Messages distributed by ARNOVA-L have been automatically archived since January 1997. The archives are maintained automatically, updated daily, and include a record of every message sent to the list (including errors, misdirected messages and other cyberspace junk). For many users, they are a valuable resource and used regularly.

To read the list archive online, do as follows:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  2. Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Archive' link.

 

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How can I search the archive?

If you want to find a particular message or if you look for information on a topic or date range, you can perform a search in the list archive. To perform a simple search, do as follows:

  1. Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  2. Go to the information page of the ARNOVA-L list.
  3. In the left menu, click on the 'Archive' link. A message index page displays. You can perform searches from index pages and from message pages.
  4. Go to the message index of the month in which you want to search. To do that, use the calendar displayed at the top left of your screen. The search will process the messages of the month you chose and of the previous month during which messages have been sent. If you do not know when the message was sent, use the advanced search mode.
  5. Enter your keywords in the search box in the upper right corner of your screen. Be careful: the search engine will process your input as a sentence. If you want to search with several non-contiguous words, use the advanced search mode.
  6. Click on the 'Search' button.

The messages matching your search will display. To find out more, please refer to the 'Search results' section.

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What subject matter questions are appropriate for the list?

List participants typically steer clear of discussion of political parties and candidates, and personal attacks on anyone (including elected officials) are never welcome and will not be tolerated. Participants on ARNOVA-L come from many countries, many political persuasions across the spectrum and a wide variety of disciplines, professions and fields of practice.

There is a considerable amount of discussion of religious and faith-based topics on the list. These are not discussions of beliefs or ideologies but rather discussions tend to focus on organizational, practice, public policy and scholarly concerns.

Authors are welcome to mention their own or others' written works or media presentations in the context of ongoing discussions. This includes announcements of new books, research and policy reports, and title pages/tables of contents from journals and magazines dealing with issues of interest to the list. Otherwise, "plugging" products, commercial endorsements, advertisements of all kinds and spamming are strictly forbidden.

A considerable number of graduate and doctoral students participate in the list, and represent one of its rich resources. Questions regarding paper, thesis and dissertation topics are always welcome. In fact, many theses and dissertations (not to mention professional conference presentations) have gotten their start in past ARNOVA-L discussions. Participants should take care, however, to ask questions meriting serious, thoughtful response. In particular, questions of the "I have to write a 20-page paper on volunteers and it's due tomorrow morning" variety are unwelcome at any time.

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Who operates ARNOVA-L?

The facilities and disk space for ARNOVA-L are supported by Indiana University. The ARNOVA Listserv facilitator, a volunteer, attempts to monitor the list and help keep it focused on problems related to nonprofit organizations, voluntary action and philanthropy issues, but authors of ARNOVA-L messages are solely responsible for their own comments.

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What is a discussion group?

Over the past decade, email discussion groups have proven to be one of the most popular uses of the Internet. The technology is very simple. A file of names and addresses (called, for obvious reasons, a list) is stored by name (e.g., ARNOVA-L) on a computer (called a server) in a file-type recognizable by a particular piece of software. A message addressed to the list name is read by the software, which then uses the list addresses to distribute copies of the message to all names on the list.

The result is little short of amazing. On ARNOVA-L, for example, you can start, join or sit in on a conversation among a thousand friends and colleagues any time of the day or night. This conversation has been going on more or less continuously now for about a dozen years. One of the truly remarkable aspects of list discussions is the relatively large number of participants who participate actively without ever sending a message. Originally labeled "lurkers" in email geek-speech, these readers are the real backbone of a list like ARNOVA-L.

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