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ANimal GENe MAPpers Discussion Group (ANGENMAP)
Introductory User Guide
OBJECTIVEPromote the exchange of information relating to topics of interest to researchers in the areas related but not limited to, animal gene mapping, genetics, genomics, and bioinformaitcs.LISTSERVThe ANGENMAP is operated on Smartlist, a listserv daemon that automates a number of functions, including automated handling of subscription and unsubscriptions, verification of sender's email address before distribution of his/her posted massage to all subscribers, etc. The listserv also includes an archive server for posted mails.RULES OF USENone. If we had any, you'd break 'em all anyway!REGISTRATIONThe best way to register is to use our on-line web form: http://www.animalgenome.org/community/joinform Alternatively, you could send an e-mail message to the listserv, firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the "Subject:" line key words like: "subscribe", "sub", or "sign on". The listserv will handle your subscription automatically.HOW TO USEThe way this group will operate is, if you have a question or comment, send a message to the list: Click to Reveal List Address It will be broadcast to everyone on the mailing list. There is no censoring, we intend to broadcast all messages. When you receive a message and you want to contribute to the discussion, you can reply and it will broadcast to the group. Or, you can send a message to the originator if you think the group won't want to see what you have to say. But please don't be afraid to reply with a broadcast, even if you think what you have to say will not be interesting to all addresses. The AnGenMap list requires that all mail posts must be in plain text only (see this guide for why this is necessary and how to). In addition, here are some useful readings on how to write good emails: (1) Good email conduct; (2) Mailing List Manner; (3) Effective Mailing List Email; (4) Good email style.WHO WILL WANT TO USE THE DISCUSSION GROUP?Anyone with an interest in animal gene mapping or molecular genetics, structural and functional genomics, and bioinformaitcs. You can participate either actively or passively.DISCUSSION EXAMPLESA discussion group like this has many good uses. Generally, good discussion can be started by statements like... "Has anyone out there ever tried...?" "What's the best technique for...?" "What did [substitute any name here] mean when he/she said... ... in his [talk, paper, message, etc.]...?" "We have the following position available.." "We are planning a meeting about... Does anyone have any comments? etc., etc... There are a few good sample discussions in the past few years that worth taking a look at.OTHER ITEMSThere's a strange feature about e-mail messages. Sometimes, things you say in jest or sarcasm can be taken wrong. A neat convention used on the internet is to put a ":-)" at the end of a sentence to indicate a smile when you use humor or sarcasm. The last but not the least, always use this URL for ANGENMAP related information and activities: http://www.animalgenome.org/community/angenmap including a useful web interface to search all the ANGENMAP mail archives. For more tips and guides on using AnGenMap, please see Frequently Asked Questions .FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSWe have compiled a user frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ) that you may like to check out.A LITTLE HISTORYANGENMAP was started in late 1993 as an internet discussion group within the U.S. Pig Genome community for gene mappers and interested parties. It soon became a defacto discussion group among all animal genomics scientists world wide. The list name ANGENMAP was originally designated for "animal gene mappers". In the past decade the genome research has evolved much beyond "mapping" but we preserved the name for the list. The list started with less than a hundred people and now it has over a thousand subscribers from over 40 countries/regions following a steady growth .