Welcome to PSYART, the online Forum for psychological discussion of the arts! We have over a thousand subscribers in more than fifty countries. To make your experience of the list more pleasant, PLEASE PRINT OUT AND SAVE THIS MESSAGE. ================================================= Dear New Subscriber, Welcome! PSYART is sponsored by--- The Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts P. O. Box 117310 University of Florida Gainesville FL 32611-7310. and the The PsyArt Foundation 1607 N.W. 19th Circle Gainesville FL 32605-4091 Do check out IPSA's Web page at and the foundation's webpage at . Look, too, at our journal PsyArt at . ============================================ * * * * PLEASE PRINT OUT SAVE THIS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE * * * * CONTENTS Section 1 Introduction Section 2 Where to send your messages Section 3 Stopping mail temporarily Section 4 Files and archives Section 5 Format--making the conference work Section 6 Leaving PSYART Section 7 About IPSA Section 8 About the PsyArt Foundation ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 1 Introduction Our forum is interested in the psychological study of literature in particular, but in general any of the arts. We tend to be psycho- analytically or neuropsychologically focused, but we welcome comments from any psychological orientation. Or just talk about psychoanalysis or psychology. And sometimes public issues. By the way, an online forum is sometimes called a list or a discussion group. Whatever you call it, discussion proceeeds by sending out automatically to everyone on the forum any message originated by any subscriber or by the "owner'' of the forum. It's like a continuing professional conference. Now that you've subscribed, you can send out to over a thousand other subscribers to PSYART any comments, queries, notices, discussion, or whatever that you think would interest the group or that you think the group could help you with. The moderators, Murray Schwartz and Norman Holland will monitor postings for their appropriateness, but we rarely refuse a message. We encourage new members to include, as part of their first posting to the forum, a brief statement of their interests and affiliations. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 2 Where to send your messages Posting to the whole conference Send to -- this is the address to use when sending a message to the whole conference. Also, if you use the reply command to reply to a message you receive from PSYART, your reply will go to the whole conference. On some systems, the reply command includes all of the original message. Colloquy can get very verbose very quickly this way. Please prune a prior message, if your system includes it, to just those parts that are relevant. Responding only to the person who posted the message To do that, simply address an e-mail response to that individual. We repeat: if you use the "reply" function, your reply will be sent to all members of the conference, not just the person posting. Sorting your PSYART mail into a digest and other matters You can have all the PSYART postings for the day put into one long message. (This is an advantage to subscribers whose e-mail services charge for each incoming message.) Send to listserv@lists.ufl.edu the following one-line message: set PSYART DIGests There are several other ways you can set the options for your subscrip- tion. To get those and other commands, send to listserv@lists.ufl.edu the following one-line message: GET LISTSERV REFCARD Suspending your mail, unsubscribing, subscribing -- is the address for your commands and requests about your subscription. listserv is a computer program and so you must be careful to type your commands accurately in order to achieve the desired result. Do not include a signature or anything else in these messages, just the commands (which are described in subsequent sections). PLEASE do NOT send commands concerning your subscription to the whole list. The moderator doesn't like it. If he is sufficiently annoyed, he posts your request to the whole list and a thousand other subscribers will hoot and jeer at you. Commands about retrieving archives, leaving the conference, or suspending your PSYART mail MUST be sent to listserv. Send only messages with intellectual content to PSYART. Messages to the moderator --is the address to use to contact the moderator in charge of email addresses which begin with letters from L to Z. --is the address to use if your email address begins with a letter from A to K. The PSYART forum is moderated by request of the participants in order to screen out junk mail, flames, excessively long communications, and so on. 99.9% of the time, however, the moderators simply forward anything posted to the PSYART address. The current moderators are Norm Holland and Murray Schwartz, addresses above. at the end of this "welcome" message. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 3 Stopping mail temporarily You can stop your mail from PSYART temporarily by sending the command: set psyart nomail to: listserv@lists.ufl.edu with nothing else in the message. PLEASE do this if you will not be answering your e-mail for any period of time. Failure to do so means that your mailbox will clog up and, even worse, the moderators will receive many error messages that clog up *their* mailboxes. When you wish to resume mail, send the opposite command to: listserv@lists.ufl.edu set psyart mail Do NOT send these messages to PSYART. Do NOT send these messages to the moderators. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 4 Files and archives Past postings to PSYART files can be obtained from the University of Florida LISTSERV site. Go to: Click on "online list archives," then click on PSYART and follow the instructions. You can also search the archives by email. See the above-mentioned REFCARD for directions. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 5 Format--making the conference work If you follow these guidelines, you will be helping to keep the conference focused and constructive. With a thousand people involved, your cooperation matters greatly to the success of the discussions. (1) Please be courteous. Hostile replies only serve to stifle discussion in the conference or provoke further hostility. If you are in doubt whether something you are posting is hostile, don't post it. (2) Keep messages as brief as possible. In particular, only include essential text from previous contributions. (3) If you are replying to someone else's contribution, and plan to send your reply to the conference, briefly quote or summarize that contribution before you enter your reply. Doing so will make your message clearer and avoid confusion. New subscribers are continually joining the conference. They may not have read the original message. Because several topics are often being discussed in the conference, even long-time subscribers may not remember what prompted your remarks unless you remind them. NOTE: Remember that using the "REPLY" function on your mail system will send your reply to the entire conference. Most mailing systems give one the option of including the message being replied to. You may then delete all but the remarks that you are responding to. (4) Always put your name *and e-mail address* at the end of every contribution. It is important that people be able to contact you privately if they wish, and sometimes mail systems do not identify the writer anywhere in the header. (5) Compose your "subject" lines so they are as informative as possible. That way, readers can determine if your contribution is of interest to them. This is the key to successful discussion. (6) If you are sending a lengthy message and its topic is not clear from the subject line (if you are replying, for example), please summarize it briefly (10-25 words) at the beginning of the message. Readers can then determine whether your contribution is relevant to their interests. Some conference participants using commercial online services must pay extra for large messages. Warn them in the subject line. (7) Sometimes a topic will produce a burst of mail, as many as ten messages a day, and people sign off the forum in fear and exasperation. Please do not panic at a sudden flurry of mail. It won't continue. Discard rapidly what doesn't interest you, and wait for things to calm down. (8) Please remember that this is an international and cross-cultural discussion. Be sensitive to cultural, religious, and racial issues so that your messages are more likely to be interpreted as intended. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 6 Leaving PSYART To leave the conference (as opposed to simply stopping your mail for a time), send this message-- signoff psyart Send it to: lists.ufl.edu. Do not sent it to PSYART. But we hope you won't leave. We do welcome you and hope you enjoy your participation in a lively and highly intelligent forum. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 7 About IPSA Located at the University of Florida, IPSA (the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts) was founded in 1984 by Norman N. Holland and is currently directed by Andrew Gordon. IPSA is the research arm of the progrm in literature-and-psychology at the University of Florida. IPSA co-sponsors the International Conference on Literature and Psychology. We are presently planning the Twenty-Second International, which will meet in Cordoba, Spain, June 30 to July, 2004. Usually, the conference offers sixty or more papers. About eighty participants have been coming from China, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, the U.K., and the U.S. For more information, check our web site: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Section 8 About the PsyArt Foundation The PsyArt Foundation provides some financial support for these various activities. You can find out more about the foundation from its web site: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Good luck with all this and again, welcome. Please save this message for future reference. Download it and print it, please. It will answer many questions that you may have later.