Redundant but preserved here for the record:

Using the Forum by Email

Each DBA Forum Category has a mailing list so that members can receive messages by email as they are posted to the Forum.  Guests can only read the Forum on the website.

The email address used is your membership address, which can be changed in My Details (on the Members menu) or My Profile (in the  Forum).

Many members prefer this to visiting the web site, so they get to see any newposts immediately. Some members choose one Category of particular interest for email and browse other Categories on the web site. This arrangement particularly suits members with slow or expensive internet connections.

To Receive Emails from the Forum (Subscribe)

Either: Log on to the web site, visit the DBA Forum page, open a Category and click on the 'Subscribe' button. You will be emailed a copy of any subsequent messages.
Or:  By email, send a message containing the single word START and nothing in the subject to the email address for the category, as below.
You will also be emailed replies to any topic (not category) to which you have posted online unless you choose not to when you posted.

To Reply to Emails from the Forum

Just reply as you would to any email.  Remove all previous text that isn't important for your reply!

To Send Messages to the Forum by email

Decide which Category is appropriate for your subject.
Send your message to the email address for the Category, as below.  After sending one message to a Category, your email program should suggest one of the Category email addresses when you type 'DBA' as the 'To:' for a new mail. If you subscribe to several Categories, check that the email address you choose is the right one.

Attachments

The DBA Forum does not accept or send out attachments by email.  Some common types of document* can be attached to an ONLINE post (as above) but Email subscribers will have to log on to the online Forum to download the attachment.  It is often better to place the document you want to share 'in the cloud' and provide a link to it, which most Forum users can easily access.  Google users can use Google+ to do this;  Dropbox provides a 'public' folder for sharing files.   

To Stop Emails for a Category (Unsubscribe)

Either: Log on to the web site, visit the DBA Forum page, open the Category and click on the 'Unsubscribe' button.
Or:  By email, send a message with the single word STOP and nothing in the subject to the Category email address, as below.
If you have a problem with stopping email, please contact the mail administrators.

To Stop Emails for a Topic (Unsubscribe Topic)

If a particular topic is boring or annoying you can stop receiving any more emails about it - while still receiving emails on other Topics in the Category.
Either:  Log on to the web site, visit the DBA Forum page, open the Topic and click on the 'Unsubscribe' button.
Or:  By email, REPLY to the topic with a message containing the single word STOP. Leave the subject unchanged.

Managing Subscriptions.

There can be confusion between Category subscriptions (which deliver all posts to the category) and Topic subscriptions which are generally activated by the member posting to a topic. There are Subscribe and Unsubscribe buttons at both levels.   Administrators have no way to interfere with members' subscriptions.  But a member can see and change subs in bulk from 'MyTopics'.  If you have no Category subscriptions, any time you make a post you are automatically subscribed to that topic, to see future posts. This can ONLY be switched off by clicking Unsubscribe to the topic. or in 'My Posts'.

Category email Addresses

Each Category on the Forum has its own email address. 

When starting a new topic of conversation please make sure you use the appropriate address!

Barge Life This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Barges & Barging: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Continental Europe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
GB & Ireland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stoppages: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Association: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 

Clicking on one of these email addresses will create a blank message with most email programs. With some mail systems you will have to cut & paste the address.