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Darwin-L Message Log 1:41 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

Note: Additional publications on evolution and the historical sciences by the Darwin-L list owner are available on SSRN.


<1:41>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Mon Sep  6 21:11:09 1993

Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1993 22:17:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: Greetings from the sponsor
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

Greetings again to all the subscribers to Darwin-L.  We have been open for
only three days now, and are about to pass the 200 subscriber mark.  Like any
rapidly growing creature we will suffer an occasional growing pain over the
next few days.  With so many new people coming on board so fast a degree of
confusion is inevitable.  I ask your indulgence and patience as we welcome
the new members and become accustomed to one another.  Tomorrow should be a
busy day for new subscriptions as it is the first working day in the United
States since the list opened (today is "Labor Day", a national holiday), and
many people will be seeing the announcements of Darwin-L for the first time.
Our members thus far come from over twenty countries.  As I mentioned
earlier, I will send out another general welcome in a day or two in a effort
to set a general tone for the group.  My hope is that we will be able to have
many thoughtful and well-focussed discussions here on a great variety of
issues in the historical sciences, and that we will discover many common
interests and problems that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

A special feature of Darwin-L, "Today in the Historical Sciences", will debut
tomorrow.  This will consist of a series of occasional notices of important
anniversaries relating to our many fields, birthdays of noteworthy historical
scientists, and so on.  I hope you will enjoy it.

A number of people have sent personal introductions of a paragraph or two to
the list, and the diversity of our group is wonderful: geologists, linguists,
anthropologists, archeologists, classisicts, historians and philosophers of
science, evolutionary biologists, and many others. I invite those of you who
have not yet introduced yourselves to do so if you wish; silent lurkers are
welcome to remain silent as well.

Anyone who has just signed on and would like to see the many introductions
that have already been posted may request a copy of the Darwin-L log file
which contains all messages sent to Darwin-L thus far.  This file is
maintained automatically by the listserv software; it is simple ASCII, and
also includes a fair amount of junk like all the message headers and several
test messages as well.  I hope in the future to clean these files up for
better reading, but they are available now as they are.  To get the log file
send a one-line e-mail message to listserv@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu that reads:

   GET DARWIN-L 9309

The general syntax of the command is:

   GET <listname> <filename>

DO NOT send this message to Darwin-L@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu, but rather to
listserv@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu, the address of the listserv program.

If you would like to see the list of current subscribers you can also send a
one-line message to listserv@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu, this time reading:

   REVIEW DARWIN-L

I am taking note of some of the problems people have been having, and of the
undocumented options that are available, and will try to work them into a
revised welcome message at some point in the future.

Many thanks to all of you for your interest in Darwin-L.

Bob O'Hara, Darwin-L list owner

Robert J. O'Hara (darwin@iris.uncg.edu)
Center for Critical Inquiry and Department of Biology
100 Foust Building, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina 27412 U.S.A.

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