AnGenMap

ANimal GENe MAPpers Discussion Group

Introductory User Guide


OBJECTIVE
Promote the exchange of information relating to topics of interest to researchers in the areas related but not limited to, animal genome mapping, genetics, genomics, and bioinformaitcs.
LISTSERV
The ANGENMAP is operated on Smartlist, a listserv daemon  that automates the most operations, including automated handling of subscription and unsubscriptions, verification of sender's email address before distribution of his/her posted massage to all subscribers, etc. The listserv also includes an archive server  for posted mails, which can be accessed via interactive email commands. The post archive can also available via web search (older mails) or browse (recent mails).
RULES OF USE
In principal we enforce no rules for an open discussion forum. However with the development of internet and growth of the ANGENMAP group, we implemented a few technical regulative measures for a better operation. (1) Only subscribed users can post (2) The list is focused on scientific/research related topics only
REGISTRATION
The best way to register is to use our on-line web form: http://www.animalgenome.org/community/joinform  Alternatively, you could send an e-mail message to the listserv, angenmap-request@animalgenome.org  and put in the "Subject:" line key words like: "subscribe", "sub", or "sign on". The listserv will handle your subscription automatically.
HOW TO USE
The way this group will operate is, if you have a question or comment, send a message to the list (you will be informed how to once subscribed). The message will be broadcast to everyone on the mailing list. There is no censoring - we intend to make the list a free open forum. When you receive a message and you want to contribute to the discussion, you can reply and it will broadcast to the group. Or, you can send a message to the originator if you think the group won't want to see what you have to say. But please don't be afraid to reply with a broadcast, even if you think what you have to say will not be interesting to all members. The AnGenMap list requires that all mail posts must be in plain text only (see this guide for why this is necessary and how to). In addition, please consider these useful hints on how to write good emails since your mail is to be sent to over 1,700 members: (1) Good email conduct; (2) Mailing List Manner; (3) Effective Mailing List Email; (4) Good email style.
WHO WILL WANT TO USE THE DISCUSSION GROUP?
Anyone with an interest in animal gene/trait mapping or molecular genetics, structural and functional genomics, and bioinformaitcs. You can participate either actively or passively.
DISCUSSION EXAMPLES
A discussion group like this has many good uses. Generally, good discussion can be started by statements like... "Has anyone out there ever tried...?" "What's the best technique for...?" "What did [substitute any name here] mean when he/she said... ... in his [talk, paper, message, etc.]...?" "We have the following position available.." "We are planning a meeting about... Does anyone have any comments? etc., etc... There are a few good sample discussions in the past few years that worth taking a look at.
OTHER ITEMS
There's a strange feature about e-mail messages. Sometimes, things you say in jest or sarcasm can be taken wrong. A neat convention used on the internet is to put a smily ":-)" at the end of a sentence to indicate a smile when you use humor or sarcasm.
WEB INTERFACE
We have developed a web interface for members to interactively use the AnGenMap list: http://www.animalgenome.org/community/angenmap  With this web interface, members can use a web form to post to the list, manage your subscription status, change your address, add multiple or alternative mail addresses, check current activities (read recent posts), search the mail archives, etc.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
The last but not the least, this Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ) has more tips and guides not covered here.
A LITTLE HISTORY
ANGENMAP was started in late 1993 as an internet discussion group within the U.S. Pig Genome community for gene mappers and interested individuals. It soon became a defacto discussion group among all animal genomics scientists world wide. The list name ANGENMAP was originally designated for "animal gene mappers". In 20+ years the animal genome research has evolved much beyond "mapping" and the AnGenMap has been serving the livestock animal genomics/genetics community as a public communication channel along. The list started with less than a hundred people and now it has more than three thousands subscribers from over 60 countries/regions following a steady growth in terms of the number of subscribers, during which a number of list function improvements were also made.

Original draft: October, 1993 (Max F Rothschild).
Revisions: January, 1998; March, 2004; January, 2007; October, 2009 July, 2015 (Zhiliang Hu)

 

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