Mailing List

"ATLAS.ti users share one of the most intelligent and useful e-mail lists I have encountered" (Birrell Walsh).

 

 

Avail yourself of this collective wisdom--there is simply nothing like the power of thousands of experienced users from all over the world!

For many years, the ATLAS.ti mailing list formed the main community platform. The recent years have seen a tremendous growth of the ATLAS.ti user base, and the "one-to-all" push approach of the mailing list no longer suits the needs of the ever growing user community. So we have augmented "The List" with a more flexible, contemporary, and user-friendly device--the ATLAS.ti Online Community, or "The Forum" for short.

Come and try out how you can put the ATLAS.ti Forum to good use for yourself! Sign in at http://forum.atlasti.com

What is the list good for?

What is the list good for?

In the course of the beta-tests for ATLAS.ti that started in 1991, an electronic mailing-list was established soonafter in 1992 (see invitation message to another list - qual-rs). This beta-tester communication facility was smoothly transformed into the forum it is today - with now (2004) nearly 1000 members. A mailing-list is a special e-mail address that serves to distribute all messages sent to this address to all members assigned to the list.

The main purpose of the list dedicated to ATLAS.ti is peer-to-peer support: to exchange experiences with the tool, discuss technical and methodological issues that arise with the use of the program. It further serves the purpose of an information channel to spread news about current developments, to supply the members with "Tips & Tricks". The latter information will also be accessible via the ATLAS.ti home page.

How to join...

How to join...

The procedure to assign to this list is simple. All you have to do is send a one-line e-mail:

SUB ATLAS-TI yourfirstname yourlastname yourinstitution

to the following address:

listserv@atlasti.de

A "subject" is not necessary and it is recommended that you suppress a signature if you have defined one (lines that are automatically appended to your e-mails). Keep in mind that "listservers" are not human, they are simple programs processing your request automatically, but not intelligently. So please stick to the syntax above.

SUB means subscribe and ATLAS.ti is the name of the list. Note that the dot in ATLAS.ti has been substituted with a dash. Keep the description following SUB ATLAS-TI short (less than 32 characters, in fact).

After you have signed on to the list, the listserver (who usually manages many different lists) sends you a short help file on how to use the list ATLAS.ti.

The web interface

The web interface

The interactive web interface for the list offers an easy way to the many options available to list members. And, of course, you can also sign-on and sign-off at this address.

The most fruitful use of this interface is to access past messages sent to the list. So this would be the place to look at when you have a problem and you have just become a list member or you have been away for a while with mails suspended. Just click here to be carried to this special web page.

Common mistakes

Common mistakes

One word to prevent a common mistake by novices AND experts: It happens quite often that administrative messages are sent to all list members. Example: the message UNSUB ATLAS-TI (which removes you from the list) is sent to ATLAS-TI@atlasti.de. This kind of message is hardly of interest for other list members and in addition, does not have the wanted effect. There is a clear distinction between the list ATLAS-TI itself and the "listserv". Any administrative messages must be sent to the listserver (listserv@atlasti.de ). All messages to be distributed to the members of the list have to be sent to the list:

ATLAS-TI@atlasti.de

How to use the list

How to use the list

After you have assigned to the list, you can send a message to all members by sending this message to the single mail address:

ATLAS-TI@atlasti.de

(I know I repeat myself, but ...). This message is distributed as soon as possible. Sometimes your message seems to get stuck somewhere. However, there is usually no need to send the message again, as it will be transmitted as soon as the traffic flow is back to normal.

Because of the wide "spreading of your word", think about your message and its recipients for a second. Well, I should not utter such discouraging words, as active participation in the list is still not as it could and should be. So please: why not introduce yourself shortly after joining the list? Tell us about your area of research and the methods you want to use. Maybe you find others working in a similar field and direction.

Please do not send highly technical error descriptions (including contents of the "error.log" file) to the list, as no one will understand it but the programmers. Such things should be directed to us via our ATLAS.ti Online Support Center.

Useful commands

Useful commands

All commands described in the following MUST be send to the listSERVER NOT the list.

Leaving the list

Leaving the list has a few reasons:

  • You are really fed up with the list
  • You assigned to the wrong list
  • You get a new e-mail address and want to stop receiving mails on the one that you used when subscribing.

Note: if all you want is to suspend mails for a while (vacation etc), use the comand further below.

Here is how your email should look:

To: listserv@atlasti.de
From: yourvalidemailaccount
Subject: None
Message: UNSUB ATLAS-TI

Of course, you can rejoin the list later at any time. You are welcome!

On vacation: Temporarily stop mails from the list

Use this command if you want to stop receiveing messages for a certain period. Unlike with "Leaving" the list you can later resume receiveing mails without having to subscribe again.

Here is how your email should look:

To: listserv@atlasti.de
From: yourvalidemailaccount
Subject: None
Message: SET ATLAS-TI NOMAIL

To later resume receiving mails, send a mail as above, but with command:

SET ATLAS-TI MAIL 

Who is who: the list of members

If you want to know, who else is member of the ATLAS.ti mailing list, send another one-line message:

To: listserv@atlasti.de
From: yourvalidemailaccount
Subject: None
Message: REVIEW ATLAS-TI

You will receive a member list via e-mail - but don't wait for it.

What Users Say

Those starting off with using software to assist them with their qualitative research find this package the most straight forward and quickest to learn

Angela Aubertin, London School of Economics and Political Science