Email List FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What is an “email list”?
Think of an email list as a “virtual bulletin board” where many people can “post” messages. When a message is posted on a real bulletin board anyone can walk by and look at it. The difference with an email list is that when someone “posts” a message, the bulletin board will send a copy to everyone who has “joined” the bulletin board as a member.
When you join one of the Western Wheelers Emails Lists you have 3 choices:
- Have the list email you whenever anyone posts a message
- Have the list email you once per day with a digest of all the messages posted that day;
- Have the list not email you at all – instead you have to visit the list online to read any messages.
2. Why do we have TWO email lists?
The nature of an email list is that lots of people can post messages on lots of subjects, so the number of posts can get overwhelming. Some members only want information about our Western Wheelers club rides and do not want to get messages about more obscure bicycling subjects. They also may not want to get numerous emails when a discussion starts among members of the email list. Others enjoy the variety of subjects and the discussions.
To keep the two groups happy we have established TWO email lists. The “wwbc-RIDES” list is only for information about our club rides. The “wwbc” email list is open to non-club subjects and allows discussion of any bicycling subject as long as the conversation is appropriate (be civil, no personal attacks, and must be bicycle related). NOTE – Messages should only be posted on one of the email lists, not both!
3. What is the difference between “Email Lists” and “Forums”?
Our WWBC Announcement Forums on our web site were established to provide a method for users to more finely tune what email messages they receive and to allow members to post ride cancellation notices. Members can subscribe to the Forums to get notification of any ride Cancellations or for specific Impromptu Ride categories. Members can also simply read the specific Forum they are interested in online if they don’t want any email notifications.
The email lists provide an alternative for discussion and to forum subscriptions to get email notification of ride announcements. Subscribers can have the list notify them via email or read the posts at the Google Groups site.
Timely and critical Club ride information will always be posted to both the web site discussion forums and the "wwbc-RIDES" email list, so users can pick a method of notification without fear of missing any important ride information.
4. Which email subscription option is best for me?
Each person will have to decide for themselves, but here are a few suggestions…
- If you want to be “in the know” and don’t mind getting a fair number of emails, or mind the occasional online discussion – Subscribe to both of our email lists (“wwbc” and “wwbc-RIDES”)
- If you want to get all the messages about club rides (all categories) but not non-club related email or discussions – Subscribe to the “wwbc-RIDES” email list.
- If you want to more finely select what messages you receive, for example only C ride Impromptus - Subscribe to each individual Forum topic that you are interested in. It's as easy as pushing the subscribe button while viewing the topic.
- If you don’t want to get any emails - Don’t subscribe for any notifications (you can still visit the Club web site to see the ride schedule and the discussion forums or visit the Google email lists when you choose). To post messages on the Forums you must log in as a WWBC club member. To post messages on the email lists you must become a “member” of the list.
One thing to remember... it is very easy to "un-subscribe" if you feel you are getting too much email.
5. Which email list delivery option should I choose?
- Immediate delivery: Will result in an email to you whenever a message is posted.
- Daily Digest: Will result in one email per day and include all the posts from that period.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you subscribe to wwbc-RIDES and select “Daily Digest” you may want to subscribe to the “Cancellations Forum” so you get an immediate email when a ride is cancelled.
6. How do I subscribe and choose my delivery option?
- No Emails: Will result in no emails to you, but you can still post messages or read posts online at the Google Groups site.
See the “General Email List Information” menu choice for full information on how to subscribe, unsubscribe, or choose delivery options. The easy way is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you can do it yourself if you have an "@gmail.com" email address.
7. How do I post a message and which list do I post it on?
See the “General Email List Information” menu choice for detailed information/instructions. Messages can be posted via an email message.
8. How do I get more help?