The Team.Net Mailing list and FTP archives, an intro for companies.
last update 11/22/95
The Team.Net electronic mailing lists are a world wide community of
car owners and enthusiasts. Discussion covers just about anything related
to cars, mostly Auto-cross and British Cars. It is free, and based on "The
Internet", a world wide interconnection of thousands of computer networks.
The server itself, was paid for by readers of the lists, and all work is
performed on a volunteer basis by the operators of the server, lists, and
web pages. Access is also possible from most commercial E-Mail systems,
such as AOL, Compuserve, MCI, ATT, Prodigy, etc.
Find out how to Subscribe/Un-subscribe to a list on the Team.Net
mail lists page.
Because all list postings go to hundreds of people, with a wide range
of interests and computing capabilities, we ask that you try to follow
these simple guidelines for companies on the Team.Net mailing lists.
Credit and Copyright Information
- The main purpose of the Team.Net Mailing lists archives, and web pages
are to discuss and share information about British cars or Auto-x, racing,
and related people, events, parts sources, technical info, etc.
- Participation and contribution of related businesses and their employees
in these discussions is quite welcome and valued.
- Beyond casual comments within ongoing discussions or occasional
mention external services, if a company wants to do business on the net,
they should not use these lists, but find other means to do so. Many
readers do not want to see commercial advertisements on the mailing lists,
and will react negativly to such "electronic junk mail".
- Republishing or using postings from a list or archive for commercial
purposes without permission of the author(s) may be a violation of various
copyrights, and is generally frowned upon. Most authors are happy to provide
permission to have specific postings published as long as they are asked.
There are several ways a company can easily provide and get valuable
and useful services on the network, without adversely impacting or affecting
operation the mailing lists. Some can be done from any E-mail system, while
more advanced services require more advanced computer resources. Some examples:
- Send direct E-Mail to someone you think may be interested in your product
- Maintain your own electronic distribution list (one-way) for mailings
to interested parties. (Just like paper mail, only faster, and interactive).
- Create your own e-mail discussion list, on your own, or hired computer
- Offer electronic services, such as parts and pricing lists on a file
server; or World Wide Web server, electronic ordering; or paid consulting
via private E-Mail.
- The list can also be an excellent source for a company to get feedback
about such things as parts quality, authenticity and other technical issues.
- Access on-line file servers with archives of past discussions, parts
& technical information, graphics images, and more.
And finally, a caution:
It's generally accepted that anything sent over the net using E-mail
is not secure- it is very easy to intercept or forge e-mail. (If you
don't beleive me, I'll send you some mail from "you"!) It is
advised *NOT* to send credit card numbers through e-mail. There are new
systems being developed for doing "electronic commerce" on the
net, and insuring secure transmission of financial information. In the
mean time, e-mail and web servers are still great for communicating prices,
part numbers, catalogues, and the likes. But the old ways should be used
for the money end of the deal.
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