Subscribers "post" (i.e. Send) a message to a central email address. The message is then distributed to the email addresses of all subscribers, including the sender. You receive them in your email inbox next time you get messages from your email server. If you "Reply To" the message, it will be posted to the central email address and distributed to all subscribers, including yourself and the sender of the original note. This particular discussion group is dedicated to Kentucky Camp, an early 1900s mining camp in the Santa Rita Mountains in Southern Arizona. Any discussion involving the camp's history, rehabilitation or upcoming events is encouraged.
Discussion groups are not live-action "chat rooms". "Conversations" proceed at a leisurely pace, often over a period of days or weeks. You can unsubscribe at any time (instructions are at the bottom of every distributed message).
Since it's free, it's advertising supported. But it's is not too bad. The web page is worse than emails. Some discussion groups are huge affairs. Our discussion group is not listed in directories, and members must be approved by the moderator. (Currently Sandy Doumas) Only members can post messages. This should keep it under control.
You can fully participate in the discussions by just using your regular email address. From your email address, send any note to: FriendsofKentuckyCampfirstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a Yahoo sign-on, or are willing to get one, either use as directed above (email will go to whatever email you send the note from), OR go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FriendsofKentuckyCamp/ Sign in to Yahoo and join the group (email will go to your Yahoo email, or you can direct it to your regular email).
Once the moderator approves your subscription (it may take a few days), you will receive a welcome note. It will tell you how to post. Maintain your own subscription, especially when you change email addresses.
If you are having trouble, contact Sandy Doumas at doumas at DON'TINCLUDETHIS mindspring.com. She can send you an email invitation, to which you "Reply", then you're in. This method seems to have the best success rate!
You have several delivery options for your subscription. You can receive any note as an individual email. Or you can have all messages posted in a day consolidated into one big email (daily digest). That way you receive only one email message per day, at most, but you won't be quite as up-to-the-minute informed. Or you can change your delivery option to "No email" when you are on vacation. I can do it for you if you don't have a Yahoo sign-on.
As more people get signed up, the more completely the group can replace any email distribution lists that have been used in the past. Since people maintain their own subscriptions to the group, we should have many fewer slip-ups where someone is left out or sent things they don't want.
You can access the group through your email, or through the Yahoo Groups web site, or both. If you use your email only, you don't have to put up with as much advertising, and you don't really have to learn anything new. But there are some nice features to the web site. If you're interested, read on.
The Yahoo Groups web site for FKC is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FriendsofKentuckyCamp/
Once you are signed in, join the FKC group (Click the "Join this Group" button). Once joined, these are the nice features you now have access to: