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Welcome to the Show Control Mailing List

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The Show Control Mailing List is a forum for discussing the technical aspects of Show Control.

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What you'll find in this message:

1) What this List is for

2) Do's and don'ts

3) For more information

4) Credits

5) How to use the List

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1) What this list is for:

The show-control mailing list is for the discussion of all aspects of show control, including (but not limited to) design, construction, operation and maintenance of computers, lighting, rigging, networks, sound and special effects, as well as projection, video control, stage management, electronic design, and show production as it specifically relates to show control.

Subscribers include theatre and show professionals and vendors, teachers and students, community theatre volunteers and others who are interested in the subject.

You'll find some information about what the list is NOT for below, under "Do's and Don'ts." Please read that section carefully.

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2) Do's and Don'ts

a) Discussion topics

Very little is considered off-topic on the show-control list, as long as it has something to do with show control. However, we do have some general guidelines:

This is NOT a forum for discussing:

* Specific stage productions, unless the discussion pertains to the the production's use of show control.

* Acting or directing methods, unless you know of ways to use show control to assist.

* Film or video production, except in the way these techniques are used in conjunction with show control.

The Show Control Mailing List is not a commercial venture. Many of the participants are vendors and they are valuable members who have much to contribute. Blatant advertising is frowned upon, but useful information is welcomed.

When a discussion moves from the "I need an item to do this" and "We make three items that might do what you want" to "I'll beat his price by 10%" it is time to take the thread to private email.

b) Posting guidelines

Our subscribers use a variety of mail reading software, ranging from the primitive to the sophisticated. The features of one kind of mail reader may conflict with the features of another, or with the software used to run the list. To keep the list usable to as many of us as possible, please follow these guidelines:

1. Send all posts in plain, unadorned, 7-bit ASCII text, without special characters, formatting or attachments. MIME attachments are a particular problem for the server software, and may cause the server to reject your post.

2. Limit your posts to 72 characters (columns) wide. Either set the margins to wrap the text, or hit "return" yourself.

3. Don't use special formatting (rich text, HTML and the like). It may make your message difficult or impossible for others to read. If you read mail with a Web browser, learn how to set the preferences so it sends outgoing messages in plain ASCII text, not HTML. If your mail software routinely attaches "v-cards" or other items to your messages, turn that feature off when responding to mailing lists. Some programs (Microsoft products, in particular) may attach files to your message without your knowledge. Learn about your software so you can control what it does, instead of letting it control you.

4. English is by far the majority language on this list. If you must use another language, please provide at least a rough English translation for the rest of us.

5. Please use your real name. While we may have differing opinions we are a friendly group, and the list has been set up with some limited privacy features (no one but a subscriber, for instance, can get the subscriber list.) Your name adds credibility to your words. If you use an automated "signature," please keep it to a minimum; long signatures can clutter up the digest and make it hard to read.

6. Make sure your "Subject" line accurately reflects the subject of your message - especially if you are replying to an item from the digest. Many readers simply browse mail headers or the top of the digest to find items of interest to them, and "Subject: Re Digest #42" doesn't tell them much.

7. Quote sparingly. If you are replying to someone else's post, include only as much of that post as necessary to make yours understood. In particular, avoid auto-quoting the entire digest!

8. Avoid sending incredibly large messages - they will be blocked by the server. If you need to send someone the works of William Shakespeare, or a .jpeg of your latest lighting design, please do so privately. Please do not post binaries to the list.

9. Finally, be civil to each other. It is possible to have differing opinions, strong feelings and even vigorous debates without being discourteous to each other. Let's not degenerate into arguments about the "right" way to do things. We've found that different solutions are "right" in different situations. "Flames" generate heat, but not much light. It's always worth assuming that the other person has good intentions.

10. Above all let's learn from each other and have fun doing it. The list will not be moderated unless problems arise.

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3) For more information

a) Archives

A searchable archive of messages posted on the Show Control list is available at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/show-control

This site also includes forms which allow you to automatically subscribe, unsubscribe, change your subscription and obtain help and info files (see Section 5), below.

b) Trouble-shooting

If you encounter problems with the list, please contact the list administrator by sending mail to:

CharlieR 'at' RichmondSoundDesign 'dot' com

Charlie Richmond Voice: +1-604/715-9441

http://www.RichmondSoundDesign.com/show-control-list.html

Describe your problem as clearly as possible, and let us know what program you are using to read mail.

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4) Credits:

The Show Control Mailing List was inspired by the renewal of the stagecraft mailing list in June 1998.

This information file has been adapted from the Stagecraft List's welcome and information file with the permission of that list's working group.

For background information on Show Control techniques and for current links to suppliers and manufacturers we recommend John Huntington's web site:

http://www.controlgeek.net/

John Huntington is the author of the excellent show control reference book, 'Control Systems for Live Entertainment' ISBN 0-240-80348-5

For more in-depth knowledge of Show Control, reading this book from cover to cover is a must!

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5) How to use the List via email

To post a message to the List for everyone to read, email it to:

show-control@yahoogroups.com

NOTE:

YOU MUST POST MESSAGES FROM THE EMAIL ADDRESS SUBSCRIBED TO THE LIST

If you want to post a message and your normal email is not accessible, you may post it from:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/show-control

The next section describes the commands you can send via specific email addresses.

The following commands are accepted:

show-control-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

You will be subscribed to the normal version of the list.

show-control-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Your address will be removed from the list of subscribers or digest subscribers. You will no longer receive messages or digests and will no longer be able to send messages to the list.

NOTE:

YOU MUST SEND THE UNSUBSCRIBE COMMAND FROM THE EMAIL ADDRESS SUBSCRIBED TO THE LIST

If you want to unsubscribe and your normal email is not accessible, you may so so from:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/show-control

If you have problems using these commands, you can contact the list administrator at:

CharlieR 'at' RichmondSoundDesign 'dot' com (List Owner)

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