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ECHOLIST DOCUMENTATION
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			       ECHOBASE
			 The Echolist program
		   Copyright (c) 1995 by Dana Bell


     Echobase is a database program that maintains a database of
     echomail conference information.  This particular program was
     written to meet the need to maintain and distribute echomail
     conference lists within FamilyNet.  Additionally the Echobase
     set is intended to support moderators with their submission to
     the FidoNet EList (now also in transition).

     With that brief introduction, the purpose of this documentation
     is to explain how moderators (or messengers) can submit updates
     to the list.  Using the FTSC netmail system, moderators may add,
     update or delete entries from the list as well as query the
     echolist.

     All messages should be addressed to ECHOlist (or ECHObase) at
     1:1/21.  
     Email submissions can be made to eecholist@fidonet.us
     The action to be taken is determined by the subject
     line and including appropriate keywords and instructions.

     The three that would be used by moderators are
       MODerator UPDate (or MOD UPD)

     
       MODerator DELete (or MOD DEL)

       and
       MODerator RULe  (or MOD RUL)

     Depending on the action requested, ECHOBASE will read the
     message, add the echo to (or update, delete) the echolist
     database, add a rule file, send a netmail response, announce 
     the echo and forward a submission to the EList.

     The following keywords and key information are used to set the
     fields of your echolist submission.

     The keywords are truncated prior to checking, so matching will
     only be done for the capitalized portion of the keyword.
     Keywords may be capitalized or lowercase.  The following three
     entries will have the same effect.

     TAG   BOARD_GAMES
     Tagname BOARD_GAMES
     tag   BOARD_GAMES


     Functionally, Echobase uses syntax and format of the Echolist
     program with minor variations.  The variations are such that
     Echobase will accept entries using the echolist format.



     Address netmail messages to ECHOLIST at this address with the
     subject field of MOD UPD.

	  TAGname       
	  TITLe         
	  DESCription   
	  MODerator     , , email
	  COMODerator   , , email
	  PASSword      , 
	  TOTalnodes    
	  VOLume        /Month
	  RESTrictions  
	  ORIGin        
	  DISTribution  
	  GATEway       
	  GROUP         
	  FROM          , , email
	  HELP          
	  OPTION         - holds netmail reply message.
	  ---

     Always end the message with three-dashes indicating the end of
     the message.  With the exception of the DESCription field, only
     one entry is allowed per field.  If multiple entries are included
     in the message, processing will continue but only the last one
     will be saved.  If you don't have an entry for a field, there is
     no need to include the keyword.  Only the areatag, title and
     password (if used) is necessary for updating.

     Update submissions to the echolist that don't require any changes
     may be done by including just the areatag, and PASSword if used.
     Full details already in the database will remain the same.  New
     listings will require areatag, title, and a moderator. Current
     guidelines for the FidoNet Elist also require description and a
     password.

     In order to delete an area from the list, you should use
     the subject MODerator DELete (or MOD DEL).



			 Details on keywords


     Here's some more details on each field and how it is being
     implemented here.  The list shows the keyword sequence in
     parenthesis that will be checked.


     Tagname (TAG)       - The echo's areatag.  May be up to 35
			   characters in length.
     Title (TITL)        - A short description title that briefly
			   describes the echo.  This may be 55
			   characters in length.
     Description (DESC)  - A more detailed description of the echo.
			   Each line must be preceded by the DESC
			   keyword.  A total of 1024 characters may be
			   stored in the database for this
			   description.
     Moderator (MOD) -     The primary moderator for the echo.
			   (35 characters) When followed by a comma,
			   and a 3-5d address
			   (Zone:Net/Node[.point][@domain]), the
			   address will be added to the database for
			   the echo. If an email address is added
                           following the node number, it will also
                           be added to the database,
     CoModerator (COMOD) - Works the same as the Moderator verb.
                           Note: Echobase accepts a total of Three
                           moderators
     Password (PASS)     - The moderator and/or messenger's password
			   (35 characters) This stores the password in
			   the record and checks for it in future
			   submissions.  Followed by a comma and
			   another password, the second password will
			   replace the initial password.
     Total nodes (TOT)   - Number of nodes connected to the conference.
			   This number will be stored in the database,
			   but currently no reports refer to this
			   count. (any number less that 1 million or so)
     Volume (VOL)        - Number of messages generated per month in
			   the echo.  A monthly count is common and an
			   easy way to visualise.
     Restrictions (REST) - Restrictions on echo participation (3 flags
			   or 25 characters).  The REST field will set
			   either of two field depending on the
			   content.  If abbreviations  are submitted, they will set the
			   flags.  Otherwise, it will be used in the
			   Notes field.  Include more detailed
			   restrictions in either the description or
			   the rule file.
     Origin (ORIG)       - Description of origin (35 characters) This
			   is a text field that will accept any
			   description of origin.  This may either be
			   network and/or other address.
     Distribution (DIST) - Description of means of distribution. (59
			   characters) This is a text field where you
			   will probably want to include references to
			   such things as FamilyNet backbone, Planet
			   Connect, etc.
     Gateways (GATE)     - A text field for the listing of gates to
			   other zones, nets, domains, etc.  (35
			   characters)
     Seenby (SEEN)
     Path (PATH)         - This program does not support the Seenby
			   and Path specifications, but will accept
			   entries without error if these are
			   specified.
     Group (GROUP) -       This is an abbreviated network affiliation
			   word.  This will prefix the TITLe field (in
			   parentheses) in the FMLYNET.NA list of
			   echoes, and may be used in grouping echoes
			   and distributing network-specific lists
			   among other things.  In FamilyNet, the
			   standard abbreviations in use include:
                             FIDO - FidoNet
        		     FMLY - FamilyNet
			     CCI  - Canadian Christian Interchange
			     CCN  - Counter Cult Network
			     CDN  - Christian Distribution Net
			     CFN  - Christian Fellowship Net
			     CFC  - Computers for Christ Net
			     MJCN - Messianic Jewish Computer Network
			     UCCN - United Christian Communications Network
     RuleFile (RULE) -     Name of rules file for the conference
			   (13 characters).  If Echobase finds this
			   file in the inbound area, it will be copied
			   to the rule file repository here.
     From (FROM) -         The messenger to include in the database.
			   (35 characters) When followed by a comma,
			   and a 3-5d address
			   (Zone:Net/Node[.point][@domain]), the
			   address will be added to the database for
			   the echo. When not given, ECHOBASE will
			   attempt to get the information from the
			   message.  Email submissions should show the
                           email address of the submitter.
     Help Response (HELP)- Requests help information to be sent with
			   the reply message.
     Options (OPTION) -    HOLD puts the reply message on hold,
			   for polling, instead of routing it.

     Notes on the DESCription field:

     When submitting an entry with DESC fields, be sure to begin each
     line with DESC and end it with a hard carriage return.  Some
     editors may word wrap all messages and strip carriage returns
     when saving.  Some of these editors, however, may allow you to
     force carriage returns by indenting.  If so, you may want to try
     indenting the DESC lines with a space or tab.

     At this point, this program does not care much about the subject
     field, so you can also use the submission as a FileAttach or
     FileRequest message.  Moderator Update is the default mode.  For
     habit sake, though, you may want to use the subject Moderator
     Update (or MOD UPD).  Exception: recognizes the MOD DEL subject
     as a command to delete the area.

     A sample message might have this in the text

TAGname HIJACKME
TITLe   Designed as a Test of The Echolist Robot
MODerator Thom LaCosta, 1:261/1352, hon@baltimoremd.com
Moderator Other Robot, 1:1/21, robot@baltimoremd.com
Moderator Tweedle Dee, 1:261/1550, tweedle@baltimoremd.com
DESC    Specifically designed for those that feel a need to hijack
DESC an echo...HIJACKME gives YOU an opportunity to attempt to
DESC aquire an echotag the sneaky way.  Simply send in a MODerator
DESC UPDate message if you think you know the password.  If you
DESC guess right, you own the echo...if you guess wrong, you
DESC get an error message. To make life more interesting,
DESC the password will change on a random time basis...after
DESC all, someone has to win now and again.
VOLume 5/month
RESTrictions /REAL
ORIGin unknown
DISTribution you pick it up
GROUP FIDO
PASSword iwillnottell
--- 


				Textfile Updates

     Echobase will also accept text file updates.  Create a text file
     with the extension .ECO using the same format as the message.
     Text files must be found in the inbound directory.

                                Email Updates

     Echobase will also accept email updates.  The submissions should
     be made to
     echolist@fidonet.us
     The subject of the message should be MODerator UPDate

                          Text File/Email Message Test

     The format for text files and email message body is below:

TAGname HIJACKME
TITLe   Designed as a Test of The Echolist Robot
MODerator Thom LaCosta, 1:261/1352, hon@baltimoremd.com
Moderator Other Robot, 1:1/21, robot@baltimoremd.com
Moderator Tweedle Dee, 1:261/1550, tweedle@baltimoremd.com
DESC    Specifically designed for those that feel a need to hijack
DESC an echo...HIJACKME gives YOU an opportunity to attempt to
DESC aquire an echotag the sneaky way.  Simply send in a MODerator
DESC UPDate message if you think you know the password.  If you
DESC guess right, you own the echo...if you guess wrong, you
DESC get an error message. To make life more interesting,
DESC the password will change on a random time basis...after
DESC all, someone has to win now and again.
VOLume 5/month
RESTrictions /REAL
ORIGin unknown
DISTribution you pick it up
GROUP FIDO
PASSword iwillnottell
---

				Rule File Updates

     The format for rule file updates is below:

Date : Tue Oct 20, 20:02                                                
From : Thom LaCosta                                           1:261/1352
To   : Echolist                            
Subj : MOD RUL 
TAG GIGO
PASSword Iwillnottell
RULEText Rules for area GIGO 
An open forum on GIGO and related third party products
The International   Message Conference 

           Origins:                Moderators:       
                                   jason fesler                
           gigo-l@gigo.com         jfesler@gigo.com
           Fidonet 1:261/1352      thom lacosta          
                                   hon@baltimoremd.com


                        
                            
                           
                  

 OVERVIEW
   This conference is a moderated forum for discussion of issues
   concerning GIGO and related third-party software.  Conferees can  
   ask questions of the author of GIGO, and many of the experienced
   users in the conference.  This conference is available both as a
   FTSC echo, and as a mailling list.

 RESTRICTIONS/GUIDELINES FOR POSTING

 1.  This is NOT a forum for bashing of any software product.  From 
     time to time comparisons of GIGO to other gateway software may
     take place, but always in the spirit of comparison and mutual 
     education.
 2.  This forum is NOT a place to advertise products and services
     that are not directly related to GIGO and associated third-party
     products.  Under no circumstances are ads allowed which do
     not fit into this scheme!  This specifically includes but is
     not limited to MLM, 900-numbers, or typical "get rich"-type
     ads.  You may immediately lose your access without warning for
     posting such material.
 3.  Because of the ease in subscribing to the gigo-l mailling list,
     the moderators reserve the right to immediately terminate any
     subsriptions to the list, and or access via the GIGO echo, to
     those users, who either by configuration errors, or willfull
     infractions of the rules may cause the signal to noise radio
     in the conference to deteriorate. 
 4.  Let the moderator(s) do the moderating.  If you have a problem
     with anyone's attitude or message content, do not engage in any
     personal attacks or regulation - take such complaints to the
     moderators as listed below:
        Moderator                Fido           Internet
        Jason Fesler             1:1/141        jfesler@gigo.com
        Thom LaCosta             1:261/1352     fidonet@fidonet.us
 5.  The material posted herein, unless otherwise acknowledged,
     remains the property of the moderators, as does this conference.
     No cross-posting, compilation, reprinting or retransmitting of
     messages in this forum to any other medium is allowed unless
     specifically granted by either of the moderators.

 6.  It is strictly off-topic for any individual to post personal
     information (addresses, telephone numbers, financial data etc.)
     on another participant without his/her permission.

 5.  We endeavor to minimize censorship and fully support ones'
     freedom of expression on this echo - however do not test the
     limits of what you can get away with saying if it is
     inappropriate or designed to annoy other participants.

 HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS

 1.  Please remember that this is an INTERNATIONAL conference and
     is widely distributed.  You might be in Los Angeles and
     want to know a reputable source for bulk diskettes - don't post
     a message saying "Where can I get disks?"; instead qualify
     where you are located in the message in order to avoid
     confusion and inappropriate responses.
 2.  One objective of this forum is to serve as a source where
     existing users and potential users of GIGO can share information.
     Please make your posts with this in mind.

--- EchoMod 3.08
 


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