SOCNET is a LISTSERV list. A LISTSERV list is essentially an automated mail forwarding system in which subscribers send mail to a central address and it is automatically rebroadcast to all other subscribers. The purpose of SOCNET is to allow network researchers worldwide to discuss research and professional issues, make announcements, and request help from each other. Membership in SOCNET costs nothing and is available to all members of INSNA.
To join SOCNET, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org that says the following in the first line of the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE SOCNET <your name>
(Note: please put your name there instead of "<your name>")
SOCNET will be sent to the address you used to send the SUBSCRIBE message, so you should send this message from the email address you want to receive SOCNET. If you send it from someone else's address, they will receive SOCNET and you won't.
The LISTSERV software will add your name and email address to the list, and send you back a message confirming your membership. If you do not receive a confirmation message, contact email@example.com.
If you want to change your address with SOCNET, you must first send a SIGNOFF SOCNET command (see the Leaving SOCNET instructions) from your old address (the one you used to join SOCNET), and then SUBSCRIBE from your new address.
Once you are subscribed, to send a message to all SOCNET subscribers, just send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also want to try out the web interface. It allows web surfers to see an up-to-the-minute view of the archives/logs of any list whose archives/logs are "Public" (lists which have "Open" subscriptions typically have "Public" archives/logs).
If you experience any LISTSERV-related problems, please report them via email to: email@example.com.
To permanently remove yourself from SOCNET, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following command in the body of the message: SIGNOFF SOCNET
To see who else is subscribed to SOCNET, send the REVIEW SOCNET command to the LISTSERV (at: email@example.com) . You can have the list sorted by country, last name, node id and user id, if you like, by sending a command of the form REVIEW SOCNET (BY <fieldname> as follows:
REVIEW SOCNET (BY COUNTRY
REVIEW SOCNET (BY NAME
REVIEW SOCNET (BY NOD
Are you getting too many messages from the 1800+ people who use SOCNET? You might want to switch to DIGEST format instead. To do this, send a command of the form: SET SOCNET DIGEST to the LISTSERV (firstname.lastname@example.org).