Lapidary Digest

Frequently Asked Questions


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QUESTIONS

1. What is the scope of the Lapidary Digest?
2. How much does it cost?
3. How often is the Digest published?
4. Are there any rules with this list?
5. May dealers or traders participate?
6. How do I subscribe?
7. How do I change my address?
8. How do I start a new thread?
9. How do I submit an answer to a query?
10 .May anyone publish questions on the List?
11. What is in the Archives?
12. Who may access the Archives?
13. How do I access the Archives?
14. May I reprint answers from the List or the Archives?
15. Should I send in my BIO?
16. What software do you use to publish this mail list?
17. Why exclude faceting from the scope of the list?
18. If I think I have a suggestion for improving the list, what should I do?
19. May I get a copy of the mailing list?


ANSWERS:

1. What is the scope of the Lapidary Digest?

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This Lapidary List will focus on the cutting, carving, knapping, shaping, polishing and assembly of rocks or minerals into cabs, special shapes, intarsia and channel work pieces. Tumbling, slab and trim sawing, the properties and types of materials used in our lapidary work, and the treatments of these materials are all proper topics for discussions on this Digest List.

Topics do NOT include discussions of faceting machines to produce faceted gems. If the cutting of faceted gems is your interest, you should interest by subscribing to Facetor's Digest, by writing Jerry Dewbre at NNDewbre@ix.netcom.com. (A link to the web site of Facetor's Digest is given below.) Jewelry interests are also well covered in the newsgroup: rec.crafts.jewelry.

Usually, the Digest contains queries about lapidary topics send in by members, and replies by other members. But a whole issue is devoted to articles on a single topic by one or two authors, about every 8 to 10 issues. [return]

2. How much does it cost?

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The Digest is free. [return]


3. How often is the Digest published?

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The list will usually be sent twice a week, and only in digest form. Occasionally I will be away for a week or so and the list will not be sent during this time. [return]


4. Are there any rules with this list?

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Yes, there are a few simple but firm rules:

.... Stay on topic. No religion or politics, no fossil hunting, no looking for lost friends, or evolution -- only lapidary topics.

I know it may be hard sometimes to know whether your topic has strayed too far from the object of the list, but try to stay as close to the list objectives as possible.

.... ABSOLUTELY NO FLAMES - Flaming or overly argumentative or abusive material is inappropriate, and will not be posted or may be cause for the list owner to restrict or drop the subscriptions of those who abuse the list.

.... Respect the other list members by restricting your language and watching your manners. There are very young people on the list and we should respect others' right not to hear profanity. Likewise, we will follow common Netiquette rules.

.... The software only handles ASCII text. DO NOT sent attachments, photos, HTML formatted posts, or graphic files, or any material needing translating.

.... Signature messages are restricted to five lines. [return]


5. May dealers or traders participate?

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Swapping/selling/buying are encouraged, but don't send a big list. There is a restriction on the length of messages, so long sales lists will be cut short. If you have a long list, just send a message to the group that you have such a list, and members can e-mail you for a copy.

Dealers are encouraged to participate--we can learn a lot from you, and that's what this is all about.

Dealers are encouraged to put their sale messages in their signature lines when answering a query. [return]


6. How do I subscribe?

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Hale Sweeney no longer publish the Lapidary Digest. You may subscribe to the official replacement for the Lapidary Digest. Here.[return]


7. How do I change my address?

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To change your e-mail address, you may first UNSUBSCRIBE using your connection with the old address, and then SUBSCRIBE using the new address connection. Sometimes this is not possible, and in those cases, send me a note at hale2@mindspring.com and include your name, and your OLD and your NEW e-mail addresses in the body of the message, and I will change it manually. Or, resubscribe with the new address, and send me a note at hale2@mindspring.com telling me you wish to delete your old address - but be sure to send your old address! [return]


8. How do I start a new thread?

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If you are originating a new topic (or thread), please put 'NEW:' on the subject line of your message, followed by the subject. Try to keep the subject short but relevant to the topic of the post. If you are responding to a prior message, please put 'RE:' as the first word on the subject line, followed by the subject, written exactly as it was in the message referred to. Use 'BIO:' and your name if you are writing about yourself. Use FS (for sale) or WTB (want to buy) if your post is about items for sale of items wanted. [return]


9. May anyone publish questions on the List?

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No, only members may publish queries or 'for sale' or 'wanted to buy' items on the list. Messages from all others are automatically excluded. Also, you MUST send all messages from the same address used when you subscribed, or the message will be automatically rejected. [return]


10. How do I submit an answer to a query?

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Questions and their answers, tips, hints, and general info about all phases of lapidary are encouraged - that's what it is all about . To send in an answer to a query, send an e-mail to lapidary@mindspring.com and copy the subject of the query on the subject line of your answer. Make sure the first word on the subject line is 'RE:'

Then answer the query in the body of the message. Be sure to sign your query, adding e-mail address and web page, if you have one!

Please DO NOT use the reply feature of your e-mail client, but open a new e-mail, and type or copy/paste in the address. If you wish, you may cut and paste the original query at the beginning of your answer, but be sure to set it off in parentheses. [return]


11. What is in the Archives?

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There are three types of files in the Archives. First, a copy of every issue of the Digest published is in the Archives. Next, there are files of items of special interest to lapidaries, such as instructions for doing channel work or making triplets or sphere making. Finally, there are thread files, which contain all items from single threads from the issues of the Digest. [return]


12. Who may access the Archives?

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Only members may access the Archives. [return]


13. How do I access the Archives?

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Old issues of Digests are archived, and the list of the old issues and other material which are available in the Archives may be obtained by sending an e-mail to lapidary@mindspring.com and placing the command word DIR on the subject line. The DIRectory is just a list of filenames. Then the command :(GET filename.txt) may be used on the subject line to obtain a copy of filename.txt. (All files are in the .txt format, as this is the only format the software can handle.)

In addition to DIR, an index of all files is available in two parts. They are found in DIR as (Archive1.txt) and (Archive2.txt.) These cover all issues up through #165.

These instructions for accessing the Archives are also given at the end of each Issue of the Digest. [return]


14. May I reprint answers from the List or the Archives?

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When you send a submission to the Digest, you tacitly agree that permission is given to allow the use of that submission outside the list for non-commercial uses. If you want to use it for commercial purposes, you must get copyright release from the author

Thus, blanket permission is given to Gem and Mineral Clubs and to Lapidary and Mineral Federations to reprint items from the Digest and from the Archives in their Newsletters, given that the item is reproduced in full and that all authors and the Digest are cited as the source

Others may request permission to republish by writing the authors or the Administrator at hale2@mindspring.com. [return]


15. Should I send in my BIO?

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Newcomers to the list are requested to send in a short BIO -- tell us who you are, what your Lapidary interests are, how long you've been doing lapidary, what kind of equipment you have, and so on. Use the word 'BIO:', followed by your name, on the subject line. [return]


16. What software do you use to publish this mail list?

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This list is managed using a software named SVList, as described on the web page: (www.cadvision.com/softventures) [return]


17. Why exclude faceting from the scope of the list?

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Faceting is a specialty which is well covered on the Internet by the Faceter's Digest, a free mail list by Jerry Newbre. We saw no reason to duplicate a well-run mail list.

If you are interested in subscribing to that Faceter's Digest, you may use the e-mail link below to send Jerry a message asking him to subscribe you. [return]


18. If I think I have a suggestion for improving the List, what should I do?

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GREAT!! We are always looking for ways to do that!! If you have any suggestions for improving the list, please send them to me at hale2@mindspring.com. [return]

19. May I get a copy of the mailing list addresses?

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The list is kept confidential, to prevent commercialization of the list - to keep all those pieces of spam from clogging your mailboxes. However, if you think you have a good non-commercial reason to mail something to the membership, write me a letter and tell me all about it! [return]

Hey, guys! This is a hobby!! Let's all have fun!!!