1.1 What is the UKMason-list?
The UKMason-list is a Google Group that relays messages to a moderated (regulated) list of subscribers who are interested in extending and sharing their knowledge of freemasonry and who wish to use the medium of the internet to widen their circle of Masonic friends. The list began in 1995 after extended e-mail discussions between Gordon Charlton and Chris White. As at March 2016 there were around 1300 subscribers.
1.2 How do I subscribe to the UKMason-list?
Go to the following URL ukmason.org.uk and complete the application form with all of the details, properly, as asked for.
1.3 PERSONALISING YOUR SETTINGS.
Once you are a member of the UKMason-list google group you will be able to personalise your settings there.
1.4 How do I send a message (post) to the entire mailing list?
WARNING: You really need to read section 2 of this FAQ before you send e-mail to the entire list. If you don't, you may be unaware of some of the netiquette conventions
Note that your acceptance onto this list is not an automatic process It relies on a real person reading your message and being available to add you to the list. In most circumstances the process will be complete in 24 hours; however, if that person is exceptionally busy or away your enrolment could take up to a couple of weeks.
PLEASE, don't panic and resend your subscription straight away. If you have not heard after a few days contact one of the list administrators
1.4a What do I do if my message doesn't appear on the list?
If you send e-mail to the list and it doesn't appear straight away dont panic-There could be any number of reasons why your mail did not get straight through. Mostly messages will appear within a few hours of posting however, it has been known for them to take a day or two if there is a problem with one or more of the internet gateways
DO NOT RESEND YOUR MESSAGE!!
If you really think that maybe your message didn't get through, then please go to your Sent box, pull up you're your posting and examine the Header of the message 98% of failures occur here. The JLA receives all of these messages from the Server, so be very careful he's a nasty ruffian!
1.5 HELP! I'm getting too much e-mail!! How can I handle it?
The UKMason-list can often carry 50+ messages per DAY, which can be overwhelming. Before you go and unsubscribe though, you should know about some other options available to you.
To set yourself nomail / digest . visit the google group page.
1.5b Alternative e-mail addresses
You may also be able to establish an e-mail account just for receiving UKMason-list, thus freeing up your normal account for regular mail. Many commercial services, allow you to have multiple e-mail addresses for each account for no additional charge. Ask your service provider if you are not sure whether this option is available or not
1.5c Mail Filter
You may have internet software that will enable you to use a mail filter.
You can set it up so that any message containing the string ukmason-list gets siphoned off to a file, rather than going to your main mailbox then you can read this file whenever you have time All messages will have [UKMason-list] at the front of the subject line.
1.5e Complaints against Listings:
if you consider a listing is inappropriate for whatever reason, please adopt the following procedure:
Report the fact that you feel the posting is inappropriate and why to Alan Otton for evaluation. DO NOT air complaints directly to the list. These are to kept private.
The JLA will either:
a) Inform you that he has looked at the article concerned and in his opinion, it is OK for it to remain an active topic.
b) Decide that there is cause enough to cancel the topic thread and will notify this to the whole list with his reasons for so doing.
Important Notes to the above:
1 - In this, the JLAs decision is binding.
3 - Emails concerning complaints are NOT to be posted and must be sent directly to the JLA.
4 - Postings must not contain anything untoward and must also not go against the customs and practice of the UGLE and GLs in amity with it. This means practice out of the Lodge those things you are taught in it. Of course, Light-hearted banter and the odd joke such as one would encounter at a festive board is OK but at all times, Please Be Nice To Each Other!
5 - Just because a topic is declared fit for the list by a JLA, that is not irreversible if the topic deteriorates below expected standards.
6 - Emails to the JLAs must not be posted direct to the List.
7 - Don't be surprised if, in the case of a serious breach of the rules, your account is immediately set to 'nomail' or at worst, deleted from the list altogether.
1.6 Receiving Topics
You can decide which topics you want to receive and which you prefer not to have sent to you.
1.7 Are there other freemasonry related newsgroups?
Yes....If you are reading this, you have access to the www and can use search engines such as Google to find Masonic sites and lists. Frequently you will find references to these in members postings to the List, and you can always ask for information, the brothers are always most helpful on all matters of enquiries.
1.8 Who reads the UKMason-List
A reasonable guess is that three quarters of the list are members of the Home Grand Lodges, i.e. about 750. Of those remaining it has been estimated that somewhere between a third and a half are UK citizens living abroad, or overseas members of one of the Home Grand Lodges
1.9 Can we reprint UKMason-list articles in our lodge newsletter?
Whether or not you can reprint articles you see on the Internet without asking permission is a matter of current debate in many newsgroups. On the UKMason-list mailing list, however, it is generally agreed that anything we write is fair game for publication in a non-profit making lodge newsletter, unless explicitly stated otherwise in the posting.
If you do reprint an article, or part of an article, please give credit to its author, and to the UKMason-list. Not doing so is plagiarism.
Also, as a courtesy to the author, you really should send him e-mail to let him know that his article will be appearing in your publication.
If you are publishing something other than a non-profit bulletin, then you should work out some arrangement with the author.
If you are writing an article for the UKMason-list and do NOT want it to be used freely in Lodge newsletters, then you must state this explicitly in your posting. (Otherwise, it will be ASSUMED that it is reprintable.)
You could have a disclaimer like this: For electronic distribution through the UKMason-list ONLY. Reprinting PROHIBITED without express permission of the author.
1.10 Reposting private e-mail (please don't do it)
Private email is just that-PRIVATE. When someone is writing to you alone, their comments are private between you and them. You should NEVER, EVER repost their private email in a public forum without their permission.
Doing so is like secretly tape-recording a telephone conversation, and then walking up to the podium in a crowded convention hall and replaying their conversation over the loudspeakers for all to hear. People have different tones when talking/e-mailing to one person than they do when addressing 200 people, and rightly so Please respect this
1.11 Who are the list administrators?
The following people can intercede on your behalf to help you solve problems with your UKMason-list subscription (or they will find a man who can!)
W. Bro Chris White admin at ukmason.org.ukt - the Senior List Administrator, who is charged with the well-being of the listserv and computers. If you have a technical problem, he's your man.
W. Bro Duncan Heritage duncan.heritage at gmail.com , and
W.Bro Alan Otton alan at otton.co
- the Junior list Administrators will be keeping the list under control. Beware their wrath... Do read the FAQ & do use the most appropriate Subject of your posting
As a courtesy to these guys, please do everything you can on your own to solve your problem before asking them to help. (Start by reading the UKMason-list FAQ!) However, there are times when the only solution is to ask them to help, such as when you need to CHANGE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS :
Send a private posting to Alan Otton and in the body of the message, state your old address, followed by your new address and full name, stating when you wish it to be changed. Please be timely in this matter!