General Posting Information

To Post To Rappnet (you must be a subscriber first) 

Send your post to:   Rappnet(at)list.rappnet.org  
(Replace (at) with @ -This is an anti-spam measure and our email address appears this way on this site to deter address harvesting by spammers)

Need your post to go to ALL of Rappnet’s members?

Then you need to send it to “Rappnet Local” too. Posting information for Rappnet Local is below:

Posting Guidelines   **IMPORTANT**   PLEASE READ!

Rappnet has two sections of the list. One is just for local Rappahannock news, the other for all other subjects. We have become a very busy email list and folks can discuss virtually any subject. That said, Rappnet was originally conceived as a way for county residents to discuss local issues. To help organize posts for the people that want to discuss only local issues, we also have “Rappnet Local”.

How Rappnet Works:

All posts are sent to the same address: Rappnet(at)list.rappnet.org   (Replace (at) with @)

Rappnet:  If your post pertains to politics, world, national issues, sports, or anything outside our community, you don’t have to do anything special. Just post to Rappnet(at)list.rappnet.org.

Rappnet Local: If your post is about Rappahannock County news, questions, or local issues, then please post it to “Local Rappnet”. Just put Loc: in your subject line. Rappnet’s software will then send this post on to the folks that have subscribed to “Rappnet Local”. Local subscribers ONLY get the posts with Loc: or Local: in the subject line. See the Rappnet Local posting guidelines below before posting!

Please note: Posts sent to Local Rappnet are received by all members. No need to send posts twice. Before you hit send ask yourself “Do I want to send this to Local Rappnet too? Remembering the first time helps prevent having to double post messages.

If you’d like to be on the local only list you can click the “Local Rapp Discussion” checkbox in your control Panel . (See the Control Panel Page.) The Rappnet Administrator can also do this for you.

Guideline for local posts :
(This may be amended as needed)

The local list is for local information and subjects that directly affect only Rappahannock residents. No world or national politics or issues. Information from surrounding areas may be included as needed. If in doubt, post to the main list first. Please be respectful and polite.

Please use common sense in posting to the local list. We are a self moderated list, so you are the editor. Folks will no doubt send posts that other folks think shouldn’t be in Local Rappnet. Tolerance of mistakes, good manners, and a touch of community sprit, will go a long way towards making Rappnet work well, and be enjoyable for all.

Rappnet’s Digest Version. You can reduce Rappnet’s sheer volume in your email inbox using the digest. The digest condenses Rappnet posts into 2 or 3+ emails per day, but can be a bit confusing to read with earlier replies included in posts, and discussions not in logical order. You can subscribe to the Digest Version when you sign up, in your Control Panel, or by requesting it from our Administrator. Personally, I think a better way to reduce your inbox clutter from Rappnet is to use Gmail from Google. See our Help page for more info on Gmail.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, there is no digest version of the Local List. We even contacted the developer about this but no luck. All local list subscribers get individual email mode only.

Address Posts to Rappnet Only

When sending a post to Rappnet please put just Rappnet’s address in the To: field. If you send your post to too many others, or it has an “implicit destination”, (The addresses are all in the BCC field) our software will suspect it’s spam and send it for approval by the list administrator and it slows your post. It’s best to send a post just to Rappnet, and a separate copy to the other people you want to send it to. Note: Hitting ‘Reply All’ (which adds earlier addresses from that conversation) is fine.

Posting Checklist    Things to check before hitting send:

Is my post addressed correctly? Sometimes email programs auto-fill another Rappnet address like rappnet-request@ or rappnet-bounces@ and your post disappears into cyber-space.

The correct address to send posts to is: Rappnet(at)list.rappnet.org  (Replace (at) with @)

Do I want to send this to “Local” Rappnet and did I add Loc: (With the Colon) to the subject line?

Am I accidentally replying to something that was sent to me Off-List, and I’ve mistakenly assumed it was sent to everybody? (This is the most common reason for the “Stop-my-post” request. Sorry, that’s not possible.)  Be sure to check before hitting send!!!

Are you replying to a thread (Ongoing conversation) that you haven’t completely read? Often somebody else has already made your point.

Have I read over my post to make sure it makes sense? Have I spell checked it?

Did I include the earlier post I’m replying to , so everybody knows what I’m talking about? Did I remove any unneeded text from posts far back in the thread?

Did I write something while mad, and I’m going to regret sending it later? (Use the old count-to-ten before hitting send method. If that doesn’t work, count to one hundred.)

Did I have a “few too many” while writing my post? Maybe you should re-read it in the morning before hitting send….

In short, check your posts over carefully to avoid mistakes. Then hit send.

Sending Large Posts

Our Size Limit  280 KB

Because so many of our members are on Dial-up connections, Rappnet has a size limit of 280 KB per post. If your post contains photos, or PDF files be sure that the total size is less then 280 KB. Remember that text takes up some room too, so a post with a 240 KB picture will be just about 280 KB in total size. If you send a post that exceeds the size limit it goes to The list administrator for approval or rejection. If it’s just a little oversize they are often approved.

Almost all digital photos will need to be “downsized” to fit on Rappnet. You’ll need to use a photo editor to do this and there are some web based services that will do it free.

Try: http://www.resize2mail.com or http://www.shrinkpictures.com. For web based photo editors, follow the instructions online.

Google also offers Picasa software free for Windows users, and Macs have the program “Preview” preloaded which does a great job of downsizing photos.

On a Mac:

Drag your photo to the “Preview” program and open it.  (Preview is included on all recent Macs) Under “Tools” in the menu bar select “adjust size”. I often do it by percent, usually 25 to 40% works fine.

Under “View”  Pick “actual size” so you can see how big it’ll be in an email.

Once you’re satisfied, under File pick “Save as” and that window will give you a slider bar that shows you exactly how big it will be in KB’s. Pick 240 or less (less is better for the dialup folks) to fit our 280 KB size limit. Then save it to a folder and it’s ready for attaching.

Windows users:

Right click on the image file in the File Explorer, select Open With, Paint.

Select Resize … Change the Horizontal and Vertical percentages to a percentage (25%-40% usually works)

Select the main menu item File >> Save As to save the resized image.

About

Rappnet is a self-moderated discussion forum delivered to subscribers by email, serving Rappahannock County. Click here to join.

Rappnet.org houses the ListServ and community-submitted current affairs.

Categories