Welcome to the Rapid Prototyping Electronic Mailing List

Please read this before you submit a message to the list.


Before sending any articles to the list, you should read and understand the Mailing list etiquette. If you comply to the simple rules here, we will all stay happy.

What is an "Electronic mailing list"

An electronic mailing list can be an extremely fast and simple means for exchanging ideas, obtaining information, establishing contacts, and distributing information. A message sent to this list gets distributed to a worldwide audience consisting of approximately 400 subscribers at the moment (September 2013).

What is the purpose of this mailing list?

It is a forum for individuals interested in Rapid Prototyping Technologies (RPT) in Manufacturing. Any topic related to RPT can be discussed.

How does it work?

This mailing list is managed automagically by a software called "GNU Mailman". This means that several services are provided without human (read our intervention). This includes subscribing/unsubscribing, archival of old messages, getting a list of subscribers on the list, etc. You can access the user interface of the list at the listinfo page and at the list options page.

How do I subscribe or unsubscribe to this list?

It is very simple. Just access the the listinfo page and enter your email address. A confirmation message will be sent to your address to prevent anyone else from entering your address. You can also send en email to rp-ml-join@rp-ml.org to the same effect.

Unsubscribing from the list can be done in the list options page. Just enter your address and password, and click "Unsubcsribe". An email option is also possible, just send email to the address rp-ml-leave@rp-ml.org. The email will have to be sent from exactly the same address which wass used to subscribe to the list.

If you have forgotten your password, in the abovementioned options page there is also an option to reset your password and get it mailed back to you.

How do I send messages to this mailing list?

Again, it is very simple. Just send a message to rp-ml@rp-ml.org Every individual in the mailing list will receive a copy of the message.

There is no moderator. Your message WILL always be forwarded to everyone on the list. Please read your message twice before submitting it.

If you send a reply to an article from the list, it will by default be sent to list address (i.e. everyone). If you wish to send your reply to the original author, you must change the recipient of your message to the relevant address.

Who is maintaining this list?

The "owner" of the list is Finnish Rapid Prototype Association (FIRPA). The person behind all the technical details and the majordomo installation is Seppo J Niemi <zaphod@rp-ml.org>.

What other functions are available?

All the available functions are listed at the list options page. General information about the list management software can be found at the GNU Mailman page

How do I get to see the messages already posted?

All the articles sent to the list have been archived for viewing purpose in HTML format. They are available at http://rapid.rp-ml.org/

Guidelines - mailing list etiquette

Advertising on the mailing list

Once upon a time, it was felt by some that advertising on this mailing list was not appropriate.

It is NOT, unless the message is INFORMATIVE, ie. it contains information relevant to an issue being discussed, or it helps fullfill the purpose of the mailing list.

For instance, it is entirely acceptable for a RP vendor to announce a new product. We are all interested in the products the RP vendors are placing on the market. I refrain from giving more examples, and I hope common sense and tolerance prevail from those sending and receiving such messages.

Answers to questions

When responding to a posted question, if your answer is likely to be of general interest (usually), then send the reply to the list (rp-ml@rp-ml.org), not just to the person asking the question. This means simply using the "reply" feature in your e-mail program. If you wish to send a personal reply to the author, you have to enter his/her email address as the recipient.

As the questioner, if you do receive replies directly, then it is good manners to post a summary of the responses you get, unless the sender(s) explicitly tells you otherwise. In summary, if you use this mailing list to obtain information, it is good manners to share it with others.

Chain letters

Circulating chain letters through the mailing list is absolutely forbidden. Chain letters should not be sent in the Internet, and many Internet Service Providers have accepted a policy of disabling accounts that are caught sending chain letters. You have been warned.