General Information for the Red Sox mailing list
Last updated 1/9/99 by Keith Woolner
(Most recent changes: Instructions for new list server)
Welcome to the Bosox mailing list (BOSOX@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM) --
where you can share your thoughts on the Boston Red Sox with over 600
fans worldwide!  The list was founded circa 1991 by Edward Fischer (aka
Valentine), and later administered by Frank Solensky.  The currently
list owner is Keith Woolner.
If this message does not contain the info you are looking for, you can
contact the list owner directly by sending email to 
"" or to "".  Please
do check to see if your answer is contained within, however, as most
commonly asked questions are addressed in this document.
The mailing list is pretty active, averaging about 40 messages per day
during the season, sometimes much more when a hot topic is getting
discussed (the off-season volume is far less, for obvious reasons).
This can be pretty overwhelming for some; others -- especially those
using some of the prominent on-line services -- have to pay for each
message delivered to them from the Internet and are interested in
keeping their costs down when possible.  For these reasons, the list has
a "digest" option.  If you'd prefer, all of the messages sent to the
mailing list on a given day (give-or-take) will be sent to you as a
single mail message.
If there is downtime, performance degradation, or other known problems
with the list server, there will be information posted at the following
web page:
Please check this page before reporting a problem.  
Joining the list is very easy. Send the following command in the body
   subscribe bosox
After you subscription request is received, you will receive a message
back from the list server asking you to confirm the request (and to
ensure that your email address is reachable).  The easiet way to do this
is to click on the URL included in the message.  Doing so will automatically
confirm your subscription.  If you do not have web access, continue reading
To confirm the execution of your command, simply reply to the present
message and type "ok" (without the quotes) as the text of your message.
Just the word "ok" - do not retype the command. This procedure will work
with any mail program that fully conforms to the Internet standards for
electronic mail. If you receive an error message, try sending a new
message to LISTSERV@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM (without using the "reply"
function - this is very important) and type "ok 66B5D8" as the text of
your message.
Finally, your command will be cancelled automatically if you do not
confirm it within 48 hours. After that time, you must start over and
resend the command to get a new confirmation code. If you change your
mind and decide that you do NOT want to confirm the command, simply
discard the present message and let the command expire on its own.
Troubleshooting subscriptions:
You can run into a minor problem if you are unlucky:
LISTSERV insists on having a "real world" name for everyone on the list,
because addresses such as 00038385@XXXMAIL.COM are not very informative
to the other users of the list. Normally, LISTSERV will extract both
your e-mail address and your real name from the mail headers generated
by your computer. But some computer programs do not supply any real
name, and LISTSERV may ask you to resend the command with your name, as
   subscribe bosox Keith Woolner
LISTSERV will then automatically insert the name you supplied in the
headers of messages you send out to the list. When other people read the
messages you post, they will see your name in addition to your e-mail
address, and will not have to strain their memory with meaningless
sequences of numbers.
You can leave the list at any time by sending a SIGNOFF command to the host
server (in this case, LISTSERV@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM):
   signoff bosox
NOTE: You must be subscribed to the list (i.e. subscription request
must be processed and confirmed) before you can change to digest mode.
By default, your subscription will be for the single message version of
the list.  If you want to get the digest version (all messages for a day
combined into a single email), send the following command in an email
   set bosox digest
To switch from digest mode back to single-message mode, send the
following command
  set bosox nodigest
Recent articles from the Red Sox list are archived at:
To send a message to the *entire* list, send your email to
"BOSOX@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM".  This address is the same regardless
of whether you are on the single message or digest version of the
list.  Your message will be sent to the 600+ members of the list.
Since it will be going out to so many people, please do *not* use
this address for (un)subscribing, spam complaints, or other
list administrivia.  Only messages intended for the entire list
readership should be sent to "BOSOX@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM"
The latest version of this information file can be retrieved on
the list's web page
For general help with the list server software, and info about other commands
that are available write to LISTSERV@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM  and, in
the text  of your message (not the  subject line),  write: "HELP" or
"INFO" (without  the quotes).  HELP will give you a short help  message
and INFO a list of the documents you can order.
If you are really stuck, and can not find the answer to your question
either in this document, or by consulting the links above, send an email
the list owner.
The Red Sox do have an official Web Page:
There is an unofficial Internet Boston Red Sox Frequently Asked
Question document (FAQ), and is currently maintained by me, Keith
Woolner, your friendly neighborhood list owner.  :-)
The FAQ can be found at
* Discussion of any topic related to the Red Sox is permitted and the scope
  of what is considered "relevant" is pretty broad, and includes not only the
  current season and team, but also past seasons, prospects, former players,
  acquisitions & "hot stove" talk, salary/business/economic issues,
  Fenway Park & stadium issues, scouting reports on the competition,
  and general    discussion of baseball "theory", as long as they pertain to,
  or   originate from, a discussion thread about the Red Sox.  However,
  specific  details of other teams, non-Red Sox related trivia, box scores
  and descriptions from other games, non-baseball related matters (politics,
  news events etc.), solicitations, advertisements, spam, and the like are
  not topics that should be posted to the list.
* Please do NOT post in-game updates to the list -- a majority of people
  on the list do not read messages as they come in, and thus the game will
  probably be finished before they see a message like "Sox are up 3-0 in
  the fifth inning..."  There are a variety of online sources where you
  can get up-to-the-minute game info.  There used to be a "ticker" list
  for in-game updates, but that list no longer exists.
* This is primarily a discussion list, not a news list.  The majority
  of content on the list should arise from the thoughts of the
  readership. Facts & data, including box scores, should be included
  when they are relevant to a topic being discussed, or to introduce
  a new topic.  If you want to complain about a pitcher's performance,
  posting his pitching line (but not the entire box score) is
  appropriate.  If you aren't directly commenting on a portion of
  the article, it should probably not be included.  
* The wholesale or substantial reproduction of articles, box scores,
  and the like is not OK.  Chances are that this info is protected
  by copyright.  Post the URL for the article instead.  Articles that
  come from a premium or fee-based web site are definitely not intended
  for broad circulation.  I would prefer not to put myself nor anyone
  else on the list at risk of litigation by seeming to endorse or
  condone copyright infringement.
* Nothing in the copyright laws (to the best of my understanding)
  prevents you from restating the facts in your own words -- the
  facts aren't copyrightable, only the author's expression of them.
  That, combined with "fair use" usage (quoting a short section or passage
  of text in order to comment on it, or include it in an otherwise
  original document), should be more than sufficient for use on the list.
* Note that adding a single line of original commentary to a otherwise
  copied article does not fulfill the spirit of the rules -- e.g.
  reproducing the full text of a Globe article on Mo Vaughn's arrest
  and adding "This doesn't look good for Mo." isn't appropriate.
  It should never be necessary to quote more than a few sentences
  or a paragraph from a column or commentary.  I do not wish to put
  a rigid formula on anything, but the general rule of thumb that
  you should add at least as much new material to what you're
  quoting is a good one.  
* Profanity -- This is a family list, and there are younger members of
  Red Sox fandom participating in the discussion.  Please keep this in
  mind when composing your comments.
* Spam -- like many Internet resources, the list may occasionally hit by
  unsolicited commercial email, commonly known as "spam".  The list is
  a closed list, meaning that only subscribers should be able to send mail
  to the list.  In the rare event that we get actual spam, please do
  *not* respond to the spam on the list -- even to complain.  I make it a
  point to respond on behalf of the list to all relevant parties for
  each spam attack.  If you must respond, send an email directly to 
  the spammer's ISP (if you can read mail headers), or to myself, via
  the address ""
* Roger Clemens -- the departure of Roger Clemens from the Sox to the
  Toronto Blue Jays has left a bitter taste in the mouth of many fans,
  and many do not care to read about his exploits with another team on
  the Sox list.   Still, as a former Sox player, he is a legitimate topic
  of discussion on the list, even if some want to avoid it.  To be fair
  to all parties involved, please include the name "Clemens" in the
  Subject: line of any list message that discusses his post-Red Sox
Thank you, and enjoy the list!