An Electronic Discussion List for Small College Registrars

1. Addresses You Need to Know

2. Subscribing, Setting Mail Options (Digest) and Unsubscribing

3. The SCR-L List Owners and their addresses

4. SCR-L and Advertising 

5. Netiquette

6. Closing Comments

Addresses You Need to Know

Posting address for the SCR-L list: or to

A message posted to this address will be seen by approximately 577 registrar-types worldwide. Hence, this is not the appropriate address for requesting changes in mail options or for help in using "Mailman".   Personal messages should never be posted here.

The address below is the one to use to subscribe or unsubscribe, and to send your mail option commands.

Mailman address:


Subscribing to SCR-L
Subscribe to SCR-L by filling out the following form. This is a closed list, which means your subscription will be held for approval. You will be notified of the list moderator's decision by email. This is also a private list, which means that the list of members is not available to non-members.
    Your email address:  
    Your name (optional):  
    You may enter a privacy password below. This provides only mild security, but should prevent others from messing with your subscription. Do not use a valuable password as it will occasionally be emailed back to you in cleartext.

    If you choose not to enter a password, one will be automatically generated for you, and it will be sent to you once you've confirmed your subscription. You can always request a mail-back of your password when you edit your personal options. Once a month, your password will be emailed to you as a reminder.

    Pick a password:  
    Reenter password to confirm:  
    Which language do you prefer to display your messages? English (USA)  
    Would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest? No Yes


SCR-L Subscribers

(The subscribers list is only available to the list members.)

Enter your address and password to visit the subscribers list:


Address: Password:   


To unsubscribe from SCR-L, get a password reminder, or change your subscription options enter your subscription email address:


If you leave the field blank, you will be prompted for your email address

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Contacting the SCR-L list owners

Paul Aucoin is the Executive Owner and Founder of the list and in consultation with Scott Dittman  (the other listowner) is responsible for the general structure of the SCR-L list. Paul and Scott serve as subscription managers for the list. They approve or disapprove requests to join the list and help folks with subscription problems.  Glenn Munson and Bonnie Scranton have retired from Listowner status after many, many years of service to the list.

Scott Dittman,  
Paul Aucoin,

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SCR-L and Advertising  

In order to reach a group this size, it will be tempting for vendors to want to post registrar-related products and services they want to plug.  Samford frowns on commercial solicitations on the free lists that they support for the higher education community.  Advertising is not allowed and will typically result in immediate removal from the list. And anyone that posts a chain letter or get-rich-quick scheme to the list will be IMMEDIATELY removed from the list.


There are some things you should (and shouldn't) do in order to be a good SCR-L citizen. A few suggestions follow:

Confirmation messages - Some mail systems have a setting whereby you can get an automatic confirmation that your message has been received if the recipient has appropriate software. DO NOT use this option when posting messages. If you do not disable this option, all 577 of us will see each of the confirmations, because they will go to the list. Habitual offenders will be dealt with in a manner that will restrict their participation in our club to a "read only" status.

Surveys - Please address replies to surveys ONLY to the surveyor, who will summarize the responses to the list. Asking a survey question implicitly binds you to post the results of the survey.

Quotes - Quote only significant parts of other messages when responding to them. You should *NEVER* post the other person's signature file in your response because it wastes bandwidth and all 600+ subscribers' time. Also, you can usually delete large portions of the referenced message and still get your idea across. But don't be too brief. Messages that say only "#1. Yes" and "#2. No" will typically not be useful unless a part of the referenced question is included before the answer.

Signatures - Left to their own whims, mail systems will not always tell us who or where you are, so please be sure and include a few lines at the bottom of your messages that tell us: Your Name and Title, Your e-mail address, and Your institution.  You can create a signature file to do this for you automatically. 

Personal Mail - Keep it off the list.  Be sure to look at the "To:" line in your mail header before transmitting a message.  You really don't want all of us to know who you are asking to lunch, etc.

Disclaimer - This is an unmoderated list, and the listowners and Samford University do not accept liability for anything you say that may later become part of a lawsuit.

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Closing Comments

Well, we hope this will give you a little head start at making sense of how the SCR-L list works.  If you need *any* help with the list or have any questions about "mailman", please contact us at one of the aforementioned human addresses and we'll be glad to help (or try point you to someone who can) or see

And don't forget to save this FAQ in a handy spot so you can refer to it easily when you need to send a command to "mailman". "Bookmarking" this URL is a good way to save it.


The SCR-L Staff
SCR-L Virtual World Headquarters
Birmingham, AL; Lexington, VA


SCR-L list run by pgaucoin at,
SCR-L administrative interface (requires authorization)
Overview of all mailing lists

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