Note: it is no longer necessary to worry about this for AMSAT mailing lists.
To use the AMSAT mailing lists and majordomo subscription system successfully, your mail program must be set up to send plain text only. Many users of AOL 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 have had difficulty with this. Reportedly, AOL 9.0 once again makes it easy to send a specific message in plain text mode. Just right-click in the message field and select Compose as Plain Text. If you don't want to upgrade to version 9.0, here are some tips on how to get AOL to do the right thing.
Note that these tips are based on one particular version of AOL. Details may vary from version to version. These are reasonable settings to use all the time for most people, but you may prefer others. Feel free to use other settings for your other email, but please use the settings suggested here when you send mail to the AMSAT.ORG system.
Reportedly AOL 8.0 can't be configured to send plain text. Sorry.
AOL users can send plain text by using the AOL Mail on the Web facility.
Advanced AOL users may want to consider using AOL Communicator, their advanced email program. It is available from keyword AOL Communicator or from the AOL Communicator page. In Communicator, under Edit, Preferences, uncheck the option Use Rich Text.
You can check whether you've got all the settings right by sending a dummy command to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an example of a reasonable response, if you subscribe to a few mailing lists:
-- >>>> which The string 'email@example.com' appears in the following entries in lists served by Majordomo@AMSAT.Org: List Address ==== ======= amsat-bb firstname.lastname@example.org ans email@example.com keps firstname.lastname@example.org >>>> >>>>
Here is an example of a reasonable response, if you don't currently subscribe to any mailing lists:
-- >>>> which The string 'email@example.com' appears in the following entries in lists served by Majordomo@AMSAT.Org: **** No matches found >>>>
This test is not an absolute guarantee that everything is right, but it should catch most common errors.
Created December 29, 2001. Modified March 4, 2004. Based on http://jay.mbz.org/aol/ by Jay O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks to Richard Sexton for the AOL 7.0 instructions. Thanks to Mike Enloe for AOL 9.0 and Communicator information. Comments on this page to KB5MU. If you find problems with these instructions, please let me know. Permission is granted to distribute this page without restriction.