This issue is *not* 'non-substantive'. Since many of the list-members are
probably not well versed in the e-mail techniques, I would like to share the
(little) knowledge I have with them.
The present list is unmoderated; this means that everything you send off to the
list will arrive to everyone's mail-box, automatically. When you go on vacation
you do not want urgent e-mail to wait for your return. So you activate the
'I am on vacation til ..' automatic response, that is sent to every e-mail
originator. Now then, how do you reconcile each of these automatic responses
that are in conflict? Simple: first you send the LISTSERV (NOT the tei-l list)
a message like 'set nomail' (this will stop the listserv from sending you any
e-mail -- so there will be nothing to respond to) and ONLY THEN you activate the
'I am on vacation til ..' automatic response.
Hope this helps the unknowledgeable, apologies to others
==michel [log in to unmask]