Buddies List InfoSo you've heard about the Buddies List but weren't quite sure what you heard (or should have heard)? You should be able to find answers to your questions here, or at least get a sense of what the Buddies List is about. If you still have questions, e-mail the Buddies List owner and we'll get you some answers.
What's the Buddies List?
The Buddies Lists a bicycling-related e-mail group, also known as a list server, affiliated with the Vancouver Bicycle Club (VBC) of Vancouver, Washington, USA.
E-mails related to upcoming rides (generally local, occasionally regional) and related activities, advocacy opportunities, volunteer opportunities, group get-togethers, VBC club issues and related topics are common. We don't typically get into other sports or fitness in general, or political activities that are unrelated to bicycling advocacy.
Our subscription list includes those VBC members and a few non-members who have indicated they’d like to be on the Buddies List and receive e-mails about recently scheduled rides and other bicycling issues from the rest of us. Currently there are around 350 people on the Buddies List.
It’s a fancy name for a way of e-mailing a whole list of people at once. Instead of you selecting each of the people in your address book that you want to send your message to, you send it to one specific address. The software at that address that receives your message then turns around and sends (“serves”) it to everyone who has registered for that list.
Yes, you do. We don’t want to be sending messages to people who don’t want them, so by subscribing, you indicate that you do indeed want to receive our e-mails. If at any time it gets to be a problem, you have a number of options for modifying how or whether you receive additional e-mail, including removing yourself from the list.
It takes much longer to describe than it does to actually subscribe yourself, but here goes:
Start watching your Inbox for messages that have [VBC Buddies] in the subject! They're messages from other Buddies on the list. That's really all you have to do. If you decide to lead an impromptu ride, feel free to announce it to the group. (You should Suggest a Ride at the bottom of the VBC Ride Calendar here on the website first, so folks who aren't on the Buddies List will know about it too.)
To announce your impromptu ride, volunteer opportunity, or other news, write up your e-mail and send it to buddies at vbc-usa.com (replacing the " at " with "@"). The list server will add the [VBC Buddies] for you, you don't need to remember to do that.
Our understanding is that pictures and many kinds of attachments are stripped from messages before being sent, so you may want to send a link to them instead. There are also size limits to each message, so you may hit one of those if you try to include a chapter from a book or a complete magazine article. The point of this is to significantly lessen the possibility of getting a virus or other bad guy from a Buddies List message. (For techno-inclined folks, multipart/mixed and multipart/alternative attachments are okay, as are text/plain attachments. Anything else will be filtered out.)
Yes. If you know of a web page that you believe would be of interest to the majority of our Buddies List subscribers, go ahead and include the URL in your e-mail. If you really want people to visit the site, you might want to include some information about the site along with the link; as in, something more than "Go to http://www.mygreatbikesite.com/".
Go to the Member Options login page. Enter your e-mail address and password, and click the Log in button. Scroll down until you see the option(s) you want to change. One note: each section on the options page contains a button at the bottom that must be clicked in order to actually make the change you indicated. The one to change your address is called Change My Address and Name. The one that's hardest to see is for the Subscription Options because it's way down at the end of the page. It's called Submit my Changes, and if you don't click it, those options you changed won't get updated.
If you saved your initial Welcome to the “Buddies” mailing list e-mail when you signed up for the Buddies List, you can find it there. If not, go to the Member Options login page. Click the Remind button in the Password reminder section and it will be e-mailed to you within a very few minutes.
The list server program that the Buddies List uses, Mailman, is one of the major players in this particular industry. It has been around for many years and has been kept up to date with the latest technology over the years. The short answer is that we don't think you'll get any more spam or be any more likely to get a virus or other malware as a result of subscribing to the Buddies List.
If you look at the membership list, or any e-mail address on the bikelist.org site, you'll see that the e-mail addresses appear as "vbc at bikelist.org" (instead of with the "@"). That's to prevent web crawlers from picking up our e-mail addresses and selling them to spammers. Other industry-wide techniques have been employed in an attempt to foil the folks who like to spoil a good time for the rest of us. Every message that is sent to the Buddies List is checked against a set of criteria to determine how likely it is to be spam. Attachments in formats that are those that can be used to send trojan horses and other malware are removed from the messages or converted to plain text so there is no chance of it harming your computer.
Occasionally the list server may decide that your message might possibly be spam, or might really be a question regarding how to use the list itself rather than a message to the group. In cases like these, your message will be routed to the list moderator rather than sent to the whole group. The moderator will examine your message, and determine what to do next. If you were in fact asking a question about subscribing to the list, you’ll get an answer directly from the moderator, without bothering the whole group. If your e-mail was intended for the whole group, the moderator will approve it, and it will be sent to the group.
That said, we have found that there are a few situations that will, without a doubt, cause your message to be held up for approval by the moderator:
It is you, our club members and list subscribers, who make the Buddies List worth subscribing to. You’re the ones providing the camaraderie, information, invitations, and, did we mention camaraderie that make the Vancouver Bicycle Club and this Buddies List special. Thanks for being a part of it!
Now let’s Ride Safely and Have Fun!
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