If, after reading the welcome message, you still wish to be on the distribution list, send mail which very clearly and explicitly says these two things:
As soon as I receive a message from you stating both of these things, I'll add you to the distribution list and send you a copy of the most recent digest.
An Introduction to the Elfinkind Digest
Available for cost of postage and floppy, but sending floppy and return postage is preferred. I will package in lots of one to two weeks, whichever you request (or will fit), and send back to you. Arrange via netmail, or, if you can't, send paper mail to:
Contact Malcolm Campbell (above) for this service in Great Britain.
This email-based discussion digest provides a forum for elves and other members of what has been described as the "otherkind" to discuss items of interest related to their species and state of being. As such, it is somewhat free-form in nature, with a wide variety of topics likely to be discussed at any given time. Topics considered of primary importance are those dealing with who, what, and why we are; and what, if anything, we should be doing about it.
A good many of those on the list are of a neopagan or "magical" religious bent; however, this should not be confused with the primary issue at hand. It is not the position of the list or the opinion of the list moderator that a particular religious belief is required to participate. Neither is one's religion necessarily indicitive of one's species.
Those receiving the digest tend to fall within one of two groups: the curious observer, or the Elf/otherkind. I consider myself in the latter, but do not demand that anyone state their status. I do request this, but it is perfectly acceptable to decline the invitation. Whatever your role here, I hope you find the experience interesting.
IT SHOULD BE NOTED - and this is important - that the digest is very much NOT an exercise in role-play; we are NOT gaming, and this is NOT an in-progress RPG. We are quite serious about the reality of this matter. Anyone who feels it necessary to inform us that we're either fools or insane for our beliefs may rest assured that we have already heard it, and do not need to hear it again.
The digest appears no more than five times a week, typically being mailed out on weekday evenings. A typical digest will have between one and four messages; volume is relatively light.
This list was founded, by the current moderator, as a "somewhat dubious endeavor" in the spring of 1990; the first actual digest was sent out to subscribers on March 26th of that year.
Initially, I expected only to find other elves; as it turned out, I found a large number of people with a large number of self-identifications. The scope of the digest has officially been enlarged to encompass these other "others," though the name of the digest itself has remained unchanged. Likewise, for a very long time, the digest was relatively secretive in nature; while anonymity of the list membership remains, the existance of the list itself is no longer to be considered a private matter, and the list address may be handed out at will.
I'm enclosing a set of thoughts and rules (mostly from the very first digest) to let you know how things are run and to help me keep my house in order. Please note numbers one and two as being important technical notes, and numbers four and six as being non-binding requests. A partial list of introductory messages from other digest members is available by request.
Your name (or names),
Your physical location,
YOUR INTEREST IN THIS DIGEST (important),
and, just for fun, maybe your religion and political views.
Please let me know if you do _not_ want your introduction to go into the long-term membership introduction file. This file will be mailed out to new list members upon request.
Paths and Possibilities