A guide to FFII mailing lists
If you have little time (for example, if you are a journalist)
If you want to learn about software patents and discuss theoretical issues
If you do not want to have software patents and want to help FFII
Which lists shall I subscribe ?
A meaningful combination could be to subscribe one or two regional lists (country, and, if existing, region or city), one or two project lists (see below). If your list(s) are too silent and you like to be on a high-volume catch-all list, the bxl list is of interest, it discusses "Brussels-related events", de facto anything that happens at the European Institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg or Luxembourg.
General structure of lists (what is news, parl, help)
In this case, please take a little more time. Registration to mailing lists can be done by http://aktiv.ffii.org/, please register there. Most mailing lists are grouped around projects. Let's talk about the project 'europarl' (European Parliament). As most other projects, it has three lists: europarl-news, europarl-parl, and europarl-help. The '-help' stands for 'Helpdesk', the '-parl' for discussion list (for parlare (it)/parler (fr) = to speak/discuss) and '-news' for low-volume announcements. You can for example subscribe europarl-parl. To repeat:
- -parl is the public discussion list, you can post after you have subscribed or the moderator approves, subscription is open
- -help is the helpdesk list, you can post easily, subscription is closed (invitation-only)
- -news is the news list, low-volume announcement, you can subscribe, but posting is restricted
Let us reiterate, that we would prefer that you register via http://aktiv.ffii.org/ rather than directly through mailman. In the following for the discussion lists we will point to the *-parl lists, because they are more relevant for you, but keep in mind that you also can post to the *-help lists. Eg if you got feedback from your MEP and you want to discuss it publicly, post to europarl-parl, if you got feedback from your MEP and you want to discuss it privately post to europal-help.
Lists about educating institutions (politics)
For work on your government, please consult a regional list. Regional work is considered extremely important.
Lists about recurrent events (actions)
Lists concerning media and supporter communictions
The lists releg-de and releg-en (open posting, closed subscription) are used for preparation of supporter communications.
Lists concerning research
Advanced theory discussions on software patents (for basic learning process please use the 'theoretic discussion' lists mentioned in the beginning).
FFII service email addresses
- The office can be reached via buero at ffii.org (open posting, closed subscription).
- The board can be reached via board at ffii.org (open posting, closed subscription).
Lists concerning self-organization of FFII
Regionalisation issues (eg requests for new regional mailing lists)
FFII members are automatically subscribed to verein-parl-en which is a list for communication among FFII members.
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