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Ryan Brooks established the AT mailing list some time in the summer of 1995. There are now about 500 subscribers on it (as of mid 2001.) I'd say it averages about 25-35 (or more) messages per day. (There seem to be a lot more messages per day - as of February 2000.) March 2002 - more like 250/day.
To subscribe to the AT list, go to www.backcountry.net.
If you should have trouble getting subscribed to or unsubbed from the list, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The messages are mirrored here.
Ryan's National Scenic Trails Mailing Lists Page - has info about lists for the A.T., the P.C.T. and the Ice Age Trail as well as archives of the old messages on the lists - a great resource.
A number of Yahoo lists with a focus on the A.T. And another Yahoo one that for some reason is not listed list for folks planning a thru-hike in 2004.
Mark Holmes' Page of Pages of Folks on the AT-L mailing list
Some pics from Trail Days '97 in Damascus of folks from the AT-L mailing list.
Please make sure to include your email address in any message you post to the list. Some people's mailers cannot determine the addresses of individuals posting messages to the list.
And when you reply to a message, remember to remove as much as possible of the old message, allowing just enough so that people can follow the thread of the message. People are not happy to receive a LONG message, which consists of someone else's quoted message, followed by a one line response. (And if the one line response is going to be something like "Yes, I agree with that," please - don't send that to the whole list.....)
Also, if you subscribe to the digest form of the list, change the subject of your message if you make a reply to a portion of the digest. A message subject such as: "AT List Digest #55" is not a useful subject heading. I know I immediately delete all such messages, because no useful subject information has been given. (And, be sure to include a subject. Otherwise it will arrive in people's mailboxes with "No Subject Specified" - also very unhelpful.)
And, Please, change the subject of the message if the one currently in the thread is no longer the real subject of the message. It's sort of funny to see the message titles when you're just dealing with your personal email, to see how one topic has devolved into something altogether different. However, when dealing with a mailing list, it is highly advisable to give your message an accurate subject. Yes, it takes a moment to change the old subject, but, guaranteed, people will appreciate knowing what the subject really is...
Here are some URLs where you can do further reading about mailing list etiquette:
The archives of the list are kept here.
Diana sent this info about IRC chat times for people who want to chat about the AT.
July 15, 1998 - Ryan Brooks announced an IRC server:
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 17:54:21 -0500 From: ryan firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [at-l] IRC (part II-admin) Looks like all is well now. server irc.backcountry.net port 6665 Ryan
Mondays: 7:00 pm
Tuesdays: 2:00 pm
Wednesdays: 9:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm
All IRC takes place on EFnet on channel #AT. For a list of servers and more information on IRC, see http://www.irchelp.org . Feel free to stop in during other times - the channel is always open courtesy of the resident "bot," Oslo.
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 1996 11:09:56 EST
Hello fellow AT-L members,
I just installed a neat little addition to my web pages. It's an almost live chat session. Drop in and check it out. After you log on you must select a "Handle" (name). Then you can type a line, hit submit, set back and wait a few seconds and your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser will automatically update.
check it out!!
Also, as of spring '97, you can find some chat areas on Wingfoot's Page. ( no longer available.)
In late 1996, Dan Bruce (Wingfoot) established a women-only mailing list. To subscribe to that list, write to: email@example.com. Send the message (in the body of the message): subscribe watl (You may leave the subject blank.) - Note: this ceased operating in late 2001. There is now a list at Yahoo which replaces the old list WomenHikers
He has also started an additional mailing list about the A.T. (atml)
Campfire Chat Schedule - Frank & Victoria Logue host a chat every Monday night 9pm-11pm.
If this link does not work the way I have it written, please let me know. I can't check it as I don't have an AOL account.
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