COGSCI FAQ

  1. What are my subscription options and how can I change them?

  2. What are these topics, and why should I bother using them?

  3. My postings to COGSCI are rejected. What kind of stupid moderation is this!?

  4. Can you put this CFP on your web-site?

  5. Can you send me more details about that conference you posted on the list?

  6. I sent my mail to this list five times. It isn't sent by the list. Why!?

  7. This list is not what I expected, how do I leave?

Answers

1. What are my subscription options and how can I change them?

You can subscribe to the COGSCI discussion list by sending a mail to LISTSERV@nic.SURFNET.nl, in the BODY of the mail you write

SUBSCRIBE COGSCI Yourfirstname Yourlastname

You will receive a confirmation request to which you need to reply. It is not very userfriendly but it serves it's purpose - the list gets hit less by spammers.

Once you are subscribed to this list a couple of default options are set:
MAIL           You are sent individual postings as they are received
FULLHDR        Full (normal) mail headers (formerly "FULLBSMTP")
NOREPRO        You do not receive a copy of your own postings
NOACK          No acknowledgement of successfully processed postings

and the topics you subscribe to are: All

These options can be changed by you of course, by sending a mail to LISTSERV@nic.SURFNET.nl, in the BODY you write

SET COGSCI [option]

where [option] can be ACK for instance, meaning you get acknowledgements about your postings to the list. For more details about these options see the Options that may be set in the LISTSERV Getting Started section.

2. What are these topics, and why should I bother using them?

COGSCI is actually a sort of overall name for several smaller lists. The (sub-)list(s) you wish to send your posting to can and should be specified by using topics in the Subject-field of your E-mail. You should always end the topic-specification by a colon (:), and separate topics by a comma (,). E.g.

To: cogsci@nic.surfnet.nl
Subject: Ann: Call for Paper

or
Subject: AI, Philos: The Chinese Room revisite

On the receivers end you can of course enter or leave these sublists at your discretion. If you are only interested in the Announcements and not in discussions, you can unsubscribe from all other sub-lists by sending a mail toLISTSERV@nic.SURFNET.nl, in the BODY you write

SET COGSCI TOPICS: Ann

More information about topic use on this page.

3. My postings to COGSCI are rejected. What kind of stupid moderation is this!?

This list is not moderated. It is only monitored by a couple of volunteers, and if they find something on this list which shouldn't be there only then action is taken.
If your posting is rejected the only reason is that you are not a member of the list. If your E-mail address changes from sub.domain.edu to sub25.domain.edu you are, as far as LISTSERV is concerned, not a member of this list (anymore). The only thing you can do then is resubscribe with your new E-mail address and ask me to remove your old account from the list (you can't do that yourself because LISTSERV doesn't recognize you anymore).

4. Can you put this CFP on your web-site?

Yes and no. I run a discussion list, with an additional website as service to the members and to promote the list. However useful CFP's, conference announcements etc. will of course be forwarded to the list, and eventually (after about a month maximum) end up on the website in the on-line archives.
Another option is, if you are a member, to have your personal page linked on the COGSCI members page. You can request that by filling in this form. You could put details of the conference or call for papers in the description field.

5. Can you send me more details about that conference you posted on the list?

Mostly no. I mainly forward these announcements to the list, they hardly ever originate here. So it's not the From: field of that mail you need to contact for information, but a name that will appear in the content of that E-mail.
Of course if there is no contact information in that mail you can contact me and I will contact the person who sent the annoucement to me.

6. I sent my mail to this list five times. It isn't sent by the list. Why!?

Once again: this list isn't moderated. Either you are not a member of this list and the posting is rejected, or it actually was sent, but your subscription option says NOREPRO & NOACK, meaning you don't get to see your own postings and you don't get an acknowledgement after it is succesfully processed by LISTSERV. You can change that by sending a mail to LISTSERV@nic.SURFNET.nl, in the BODY you write either

SET COGSCI REPRO
or
SET COGSCI AC
or both

7. This list is not what I expected, how do I leave?

First of all: it's listS. If you are an engineer and not interested in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, don't get on that sublist. You can leave that sublist by sending a mail to LISTSERV@nic.SURFNET.nl, in the BODY you write

SET COGSCI TOPICS: -Philos

Second of all: then don't lurk, but act. Bring forward what you hoped these lists were about.

But, if you insist, you can unsubscribe by sending a mail to LISTSERV@nic.SURFNET.nl, in the BODY you write

SIGNOFF COGSCI

and that should do the trick. If it doesn't, your address is probably not recognized by LISTSERV, you can then contact me and I will remove you manually from this list.