You can subscribe (free of charge) to Chaucernet by following these instructions:
sub chaucer your name
Thus, if your name is Fenwick Furd, the message you send should read:
It is not necessary to put anything on the subject line (unless you are on a commercial provider like AOL, which requires something).
If you have done everything correctly, within a day or so, sometimes within only a few minutes, you will receive a reply from the listserver informing you that your request has been accepted and that you are now a member of Chaucernet.
Once you have subscribed, remember that when you want to send a message directly to the other members, you do not address the message to the listserv address for the network but to the network itself. Thus, if you want to post a message for all the other Chaucernet members to read, you will address it to email@example.com, not to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are leaving town or are otherwise not going to be able to check your e-mail for a while, then you will want to postpone receiving mail from Chaucernet to avoid having a large number of messages pile up in your account while you're gone. To do this, you will want to set your account to "nomail." Then, when you return, you can reset your account to "mail" and start receiving postings from Chaucernet again. Instructions for setting your account to nomail, mail, and others are provided in the document entitled "Listserver Commands for Chaucernet." You can access it by returning to the Chaucer page and arrowing down to it, or you can go directly to it by clicking here.
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