Reflectors (mail lists)


A significant amount of work and discussion takes please between TC T11 & TG T11.x Plenary and Ad Hoc meetings using the facilities of email reflectors. These are special email addresses which, upon receipt of a message (i.e., a post), publish that message by sending copies to all of the addresses that have subscribed to their list.

T11 makes use of two main "public" reflectors, each sponsored by Brocade Communications, Inc. All reflectors are administered automatically under the control of a software package called Mailman. Subscriptions to all of these reflectors have to be requested. They do not happen automatically by becoming a T11 or T11.x member or by attending a meeting.

The following table lists the public reflectors, addresses to subscribe and unsubscribe, to publish a message, and to report problems:

T11_2

Address

Subscribe

t11_2-subscribe@listserve.com

Unsubscribe

t11_2-unsubscribe@listserve.com

Post Address

t11_2@mail.t11.org

Report Problem Address

t11_2-owner@listserve.com

T11_3

Address

Subscribe

t11_3-subscribe@listserve.com

Unsubscribe

t11_3-unsubscribe@listserve.com

Post Address

t11_3@mail.t11.org

Report Problem Address

t11_3-owner@listserve.com

There is also a web interface to each list. You may reach them via:

http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/t11_2

http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/t11_3


You may also access the archives of these reflectors through their associated link:

http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/private/t11_2/

http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/private/t11_3/


The first time you go to each web interface, enter your email address and hit the button (do NOT enter a password). Check your email, copy the access code that has been sent to you, and paste it into the next page on the web site. Then define a password for yourself so you don't have to go through all that again. If at any time you forget/lose your password, or if your password isn't working anymore for some reason you can always go back through this process again.

It is MOST IMPORTANT that all of us who post to the reflectors check to see that the messages we sent come back to us, and send a message to the "report problems" address (and not to the "publish" address) if we do not see our message arrive back for more than a day. This is the only effective way we can quickly check for errors in reflector operation - publishing a message with the subject such as "test - please ignore" wastes everybody's bandwidth and is strongly discouraged. Note that the usage of the reflectors is rather bursty, and on occasions several days pass with no traffic.

For reflector support issues not addressed through the listed email addresses, please contact David Peterson at Brocade.


Usage of the reflectors is as follows:

t11_2

Technical discussions regarding projects assigned to TG T11.2, including notice of ad hoc meetings, and availability of new drafts etc.

t11_3

Technical discussions regarding projects assigned to TG T11.3, including notice of ad hoc meetings, and availability of new drafts etc. Also general discussions on FC technology not covered by existing projects.

Administrative information associated with T11 plenaries (such as agendas, project status, communication of information regarding standards processing milestones, and other information received from the INCITS Secretariat) should be posted to both reflectors to ensure that it is received by all parties.

NOTE that for the protection of all of us it is not possible to send a message with large attachments via the reflectors. Messages with attachments greater than approximately 64 Kbytes will bounce to the reflector administrator.


All requests for subscription to the reflectors are moderated by the reflector administrator. This is a manual, rather than an automatic, process and may take some time to complete. Once approved for subscription by the reflector administrator, all of the above reflectors are OPEN and UNMODERATED. This means that anyone who is subscribed can post messages on the reflector, and also that messages sent to the reflector are distributed without being checked for content. Both of these characteristics are felt to be appropriate for a standards reflector maintained by volunteers. However one consequence of these characteristics is that people who appear to be valid, and are then approved for subscription, sometimes post "junk mail" messages to the reflectors. Subscribers to the reflectors who receive such messages are strongly recommended to delete these messages unread on the basis of their Subjects. Anyone for whom that is unacceptable, and who do not wish to receive such messages, for ethical or legal reasons or because of personal offense, are asked to not subscribe to the reflectors.

John Lohmeyer maintains an excellent list of i/o technology reflectors on the T10 Web Page.

Page last revised: July 14, 2011. Comments and Suggestions to David Peterson