HAYEK-L@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU is an international network for scholars and others doing research connected to the contributions of Friedrich Hayek. The purpose of the list is to serve as a forum for scholarly discussions and as a clearing house the distribution of information on academic conferences, publication opportunities, fellowship information, academic grants, and job openings of interest to Hayek scholars. Subscribers are encouraged to post questions, comments, or announcements of interest to individuals working on topics related to Hayek's writings. Appropriate postings might pertain to work currently in progress, the development of course materials, bibliographical material of interest to Hayek scholars, useful internet resources, etc.
The list is for scholars interested the ideas of Friedrich A. Hayek without restriction according to interest or professional affiliation. Hayek-L is not devoted to any particular niche within the scope of Hayek's oeurvre, but instead welcomes contributions on any aspect of the full range of Hayek's contribution to contemporary scholarship. Discussions of the scholarly contributions of other important thinkers who have developed or criticized aspects of Hayek's work are also welcomed. E.g. discussions of the work of Gerald Edelman, Karl Popper, Israel Kirzner, Ronald Dworkin, Walter Weimer, Sanford Grossman, Frank Knight, Robert Nozick and others related to the work of Friedrich Hayek are also welcome.
To SUBSCRIBE to Hayek-L, send the message:
SUBSCRIBE Hayek-L <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>
For example, your message might read: SUBSCRIBE Hayek-L Jane Citizen
THE HAYEK-L ARCHIVE
All posting sent to Hayek-L are automatically archived electronically. Fully searchable interactive access to this archive is available on the World Wide Web. The Hayek-L archive is searchable by author, date, and subject header, or by key word (or words), by phrases, and by list sender's email address. To access the Hayek-L archive on the WWW point your Web browser to:
INFORMATION FOR LIST SUBSCRIBERS
The purpose of the following material is to inform list subscribers of the essential
guidelines for appropriate participation on Hayek-L and to provide them with a number of
the most basic LISTSERV commands. This note is also to provide you with information about
the searchable Hayek-L list archive on the Web at:
HAYEK-L IS A LIST FOR SCHOLARS
In order to encourage the free flow of information and discussion Hayek-L is an open list, with minimal editing. In order to assure the quality and integrity of the list, messages are filtered by a moderator, who from time to time steps in to focus the tone and direction of the conversation . The basic purpose of the list is to serve as a forum for scholarly discussions and as a clearing house the distribution of information on academic conferences, publication opportunities, fellowship information, and job openings of interest to Hayek scholars. Hayek-L subscribers are encouraged to post inquiries, comments, or announcements of interest to individuals working on topics related to Hayek's writings. Appropriate postings might pertain to work currently in progress, the development of course materials, bibliographical material of interest to Hayek scholars, useful internet resources, etc. Keep in mind that broader exposure to your thoughts, questions, and requests for information will spur wider involvement from other scholars. At the same time it is important to keep in mind that the list is intended as a resource for scholars and others doing research connected to the contributions of Friedrich Hayek. It is not intended as a sounding board for anyone's pet political agenda or as the equivalent of the letter to the editor page of the local newspaper. Please keep your postings as relevant to the writings of Friedrich Hayek as possible and as substantive as would be expected from a list of scholars. The expectation of all subscribers is that they contribute to the list in accord with the purpose of the Hayek-L list and the guidelines provided for list postings. Participation on Hayek-L is contingent upon this capacity.
GUIDELINES FOR POSTING TO HAYEK-L
For the benefit of the list and its subscribers we would like to remind you to:
· check that your are mailing your message to the appropriate recipient:
purely personal messages to the person's private email address, administrative commands to the listserver, and messages for all subscribers to the mailing list.
· use an informative 'subject' header, a line which clearly labels the content of your message.
· quote selectively from posts that you are responding to, avoiding the mistake of posting your own comments at the end of a very long quoted message.
· 'sign' your name and email address at the end of your comments.
· be sensitive to the cultural and disciplinary diversity of the list.
· make your postings to the list as relevant to the writings of Friedrich A. Hayek as possible.
· ignore obnoxious postings or postings by cranks.
· avoid personal wrangling and irrelevant conversations.
· never post commercial solicitations or advertising to the list.
· never use the list for surveys or partisan purposes.
· remember to include references complete enough for scholarly purposes.
· avoid excessive posting to the list and make an effort to keep the list free from clutter.
· never use the list for sending purely personal email.
SUMMARY OF LISTSERV COMMANDS
The Hayek-L list is managed by LISTSERV software. It is important to remember that there is a difference between sending mail to the Hayek-L list and sending commands the St. Johns LISTSERV program which automatically administers the list. LISTSERV is a special kind of email system that maintains lists of subscribers, stores files, and responds to email computer commands sent by list subscribers. The LISTSERV account for the Hayek-L is at email address LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU (MAELSTROM is an Internet address at St. Johns). A `list' is a list of persons subscribed to an email distribution program which is used by LISTSERV to distribute email. The list name (e.g. Hayek-L) identifies the particular distribution list. The procedure for sending commands to LISTSERV are very simple. Simply address an email message to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU and place a command in the first line of the body of your message, then send this command to LISTSERV.
· Send commands to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
It is important to remember that LISTSERV commands for Hayek-L are sent to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU rather than to the list itself.
For example, to subscribe to Hayek-L send the message:
SUBSCRIBE Hayek-L <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>
To leave Hayek-L send the command;
Please remember that if you ever do choose to remove yourself from Hayek-L, the command for unsubscribing from the list must be sent to the LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU address, and not to the Hayek-L list itself.
· Getting a short list of basic commands.
To obtain a list of the most commonly used commands for LISTSERV send the message:
· What to do to stop your mail when you are out of town.
If you are going to be temporarily absent and do not want to find your mailbox full of mail when you return, send the message:
SET Hayek-L NOMAIL
When you get back and wish to resume getting your mail from Hayek-L, send the message:
SET Hayek-L MAIL
· Getting more information on LISTSERV commands.
More information on LISTSERV commands can be round on the LISTSERV reference card, which can be obtained by sending the message:
· Options for reducing the volume of Hayek-L email in your box.
It is possible to subscribe to the list in digest form, which means that you will receive only a single mailing from Hayek-L each day with all messages for that day. This can be accomplished by sending the message:
SET Hayek-L DIGEST
If you change your mind and want to receive individual postings again, send the message:
SET Hayek-L MAIL
SET Hayek-L NODIGEST
· Getting a list of available documentation files for Hayek-L.
To get a list of available documentation files for Hayek-L send the message:
· Requesting a listing of subscribers to Hayek-L.
It is possible to request a listing of current subscribers and their email addresses from the LISTSERV at MAELSTROM.
To get a listing of subscribers alphabetically by email address send the message:
To get a listing of subscribers alphabetically by last name send the message:
REVIEW Hayek-L BY NAME
To get a listing of subscribers by country send the message:
REVIEW Hayek-L BY COUNTRY
· Getting a list of options for list handling of your own postings to Hayek-L.
The amount of acknowledgement you wish to receive from this list can be changed. To obtain a list of alternative setting for the handling of your email messages to Hayek-L send the message:
Remember, in order for a LISTSERV command to work, it must be sent to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU and NOT to the distribution list itself.
Contributions sent to Hayek-L are automatically archived. Searchable interactive access to this archive is available on the World Wide Web. The Hayek-L archive is fully searchable by author, date, and subject header, or by key word (or words), by phrases, and by senders email address. To access the Hayek-L archive on the WWW point your Web browser to:
You can also access the Hayek-L email list archive via LISTSERV email commands. To get a list of the available archive files sending the message:
You can then order these files by sending the message:
GET Hayek-L LOGxxxx
THE CULTURAL AND DISCIPLINARY DIVERSITY OF THE LIST
The members of the Hayek-L list come from dozens of different national cultures and a great diversity of different disciplinary communities, each with their own unique and in part autonomous linguistic traditions and background of understanding. Because discussions on Hayek-L are often strongly interdisciplinary list members need to be sensitive to the fact that other scholars may be speaking in a different disciplinary language, using familiar words with an unfamiliar significance specific to the shared background understanding of a particular community of scholars. Other terms and notions which may seem basic to one community, may in fact be completely unfamiliar to another community. Queries across disciplinary boundaries even about the most simple matters of basic vocabulary should not be scorned, but instead need to be handled by specialists with a spirit of charity, sympathy, and cooperation. Discussions on Hayek-L are unavoidably often interdisciplinary. Be sympathetic to inquires from scholars in other fields who may speak in a different disciplinary language.
A REMINDER ABOUT THE SPECIAL NATURE OF E-MAIL
Because of the special nature of an electronic community it is important for all list members to reflect on the important differences between face-to-face oral communication and written communications via e-mail. In the medium of symbolic communication typical behavioral clues and connotations available in face-to-face verbal communication are missing. If someone posts a uninformed or rude message the appropriate thing to do is to ignore it, reply privately, or contact the list owners. Watch the tone of your comments and replies. Remember there are no voice inflections or body language accompanying messages. Also note that the use of capital letters is considered a form of shouting and is difficult to read, and is therefore considered most annoying.
PROBLEMS OR INFORMATION
If you have any problem, or would like more information, please contact:
Greg Ransom -- firstname.lastname@example.org