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QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE HUMOR LIST:
Why should I join The Humor List?

How do I join The Humor List?
How often do I receive jokes?
What kind of humor is contributed?
Is receiving emails the only way to enjoy The Humor List?

ABOUT CONTRIBUTING:
How do I become a contributor?
How often do I have to contribute?
How many contributors are there?
What will get me kicked off of the contributor's list?
Can I rebut a joke?
Can I post the URL to a joke?
Can I post a joke someone else has posted to the list?
Do I get paid for contributions?

ABOUT THE HUMOR LIST HISTORY AND STATISTICS:
Who is Bill Edwards?
Why did Bill Edwards start The (UGA) Humor List?
When was The Humor List started?
How many jokes were sent out the first day?
What is the average number of jokes sent out daily?
What is the highest number of subscribers and when was this peak achieved?
What is the highest number of contributors and when was this peak achieved?
What is the highest number of country subscribers and when was this peak achieved?

OTHER LIST-RELATED QUESTIONS:
Why should I use The Humor List Mailing Group web page?
How do I change anything through The Humor List Mailing Group?
What can I do through The Humor List Mailing Group?
What can I do through email?
I am getting my jokes in a digest. How do I get individual postings?
I am getting my jokes as individual postings. How do I get them in a digest?
I am going out of town for a while. How can I stop my jokes until I come back?
I forgot my Humor List password. How do I get it again?
I have a joke I would like to have posted, but I don't want to be a contributor. How do I get it posted?
Why do I only see submissions from a couple countries?
How can I help increase subscriptions to The Humor List?
I have changed my email address. How do I update my addresses?
I would like to leave the list. How do I do it?
You have not answered my question. How can I submit question(s) for this FAQ?

ANSWERS
ABOUT THE HUMOR LIST:
Why should I join The Humor List?
The Humor List has been providing a wide variety of humorous posts since 1993. It has a variety of contributors, submitting past and current humor from worldwide sources. There are no advertisements on our website and no personal ads allowed in our emails. It has only been recently that that with increasing costs to provide security to our members, that it will soon became a member supported group. The cost is minimal for providing 365 days of smiles and humorous entertainment.
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How do I join The Humor List?
Because The Humor List server was recently hacked, major changes needed to be made to provide security to the server and our membership - and none of these changes were free. We will information on joining The Humor List when details have been finalized and we become a member-supported list.
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How often do I receive jokes?
When you first subscribe, your Humor mail is set to Digest. This means you receive all your jokes once a day. An index is included at the beginning of your digest. If you wish, you may
receive your jokes as individual postings. (See the question under 'Other list-related questions.) You will receive 5 or more jokes per day.
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What kind of humor is contributed?
You will find all kinds of humor. We realize all kinds of humor may not appeal to all people. As our List founder said, "Humor is humor, but there is not accounting for people's taste." Our contributors have been asked to put comments within brackets as part of the joke title to denote any jokes which might be objectionable to some people.
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Is receiving emails the only way to enjoy The Humor List?
The Humor List currently includes a Facebook Page, with 6 posts from current and past contributors, celebrating a daily "holiday" theme. After August 1, 2017, The Humor List will only be scheduling one post - the "CELEBRATING TODAY" themed collection. Other will always be encouraged to post to the Facebook page, but readers should not depended on this for routine postings.

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ABOUT CONTRIBUTING:
How do I become a contributor?
Anyone who is subscribed to the list may contribute humor. Just send your contribution to (unconfirmed at this time). However, all subscribers are moderated until you prove that you can abide by The Rules, so your first few jokes will not appear until they are approved.
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How often do I have to contribute?
We encourage our contributors to contribute at least once a month. However, you may contribute every day and many of our regulars do.
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How many contributors are there?
As of the original creation of this FAQ (June 2006), there are 32 contributors.
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What will get me kicked off of the contributor's list?
Continued violation of The Rules after being warned by an Administrator. The next few questions mention a couple of The Rules.
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Can I rebut a joke?
This is not allowed. Requests, responses, comments, discussion, criticisms, and questions are not considered appropriate postings. All chatter, including witty remarks about what
someone else says, should be sent only by private e-mail.
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Can I post the URL to a joke?
This is not recommended. The intent of the list has always been to provide a quick bit of humor that can be relayed via world of mouth. URLs will not allow that.
- Today we must also consider virus propagation, IP address capture and a host of other complexities when we invite our subscribers to click on a URL. Just because it is now coming from a known contributor doesn't provide an assurance that we know 'where it has been' and that it is virus free.
- Company policies come into play when corporate servers can now capture any URL clicked. Again, we don't want to get anyone into trouble at the office.
- Lastly, we do not want to provide free advertising to other sites and those who would pirate our subscribers. "Blind URLs" will sometimes do that.
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Can I post a joke someone else has posted to the list?
This is highly discouraged and repeated violations will result in removal from the contributor's list. Our contributors are required to get individual postings and read them so they can avoid this practice.
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Do I get paid for contributions?
Although this group will become a member supported list, contributors are paid the same as the List Managers. I believe if we put our salaries from this list together, we might be able to get a stick of gum. Our salary is the satisfaction is that we are making people laugh. Member fees support the costs related to maintaining this list (mailing list services, domain renewal, security programs, etc.)
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ABOUT THE HUMOR LIST HISTORY AND STATISTICS:
Who is Bill Edwards?
Bill Edwards is the Founder of the UGA Humor List, which is now called The Humor List.
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Why did Bill Edwards start The UGA Humor List?
His motivation for founding the list was to provide an uncensored and diverse source of humor for a college seminar about the "Communication of Humor." He had planned to use a list called NUTS for his seminar. NUTS has to have been one of the most chaotic and ill-mannered lists ever to have been. In February 1993, one month before Bill was to lead his seminar, the postmaster wisely killed NUTS. Edwards petitioned the computer staff at the University of Georgia to allow him to create HUMOR.
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When was The Humor List started?
The UGA Humor List had its first day of postings on April 9, 1993. In 2012 the group was reorganized with changes in management and dropping the "UGA" from our name.
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How many jokes were sent out the first day?
The first day, there were 9 postings to the list. However, one of these postings was about 50 jokes left over from the NUTS list, mostly lawyer jokes.
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What is the average number of jokes sent out daily?
As of the creation of the FAQ (June 2006), there are about 8-10 a day.
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What is the highest number of subscribers and when was this peak achieved?
Only monthly statistics have been kept on this. As of March 1997, we had 10,721 subscribers.
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What is the highest number of contributors and when was this peak achieved?
Only monthly statistics have been kept on this. As of March 1994, we had 294 contributors.
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What is the highest number of country subscribers and when was this peak achieved?
Only monthly statistics have been kept on this. As of October 1998, we had 120 countries.
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OTHER LIST-RELATED QUESTIONS:
Why should I use The Humor List Mailing Group web page?
While there is a email interface to the list, it does not have all the capabilities as the web page. The Humor List Mailing Group provides a fairly simple interface to change anything related to your subscription to The Humor List.
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How do I change anything through The Humor List Mailing Group?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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What can I do through The Humor List Mailing Group?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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What can I do through email?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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I am receiving my jokes in a digest. How do I get individual postings?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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I am receiving my jokes as individual postings. How do I get them in a digest?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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I am going out of town for a while. How can I stop my jokes until I come back?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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I forgot my Humor List password. How do I get it again?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.

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I have a joke I would like to have posted, but I don't want to be a contributor. How do I get it posted?
- We would encourage you to be a contributor. (See above on how to be a contributor). You might want to submit other jokes sometime. You don't have to submit more than once a month if you don't want to. I only submitted about that often when I started.
- If this is really not an option for you, any of our staff would be glad to submit your joke for you. Click on their names below (Doug or Sandy) to create an email to them.
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Why do I only see submissions from a few countries?
Currently, our contributors are only from about 3 countries. Anyone from anywhere can be a contributor. Back in Sept 1996 we had contributors from 22 countries.
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How can I help increase subscriptions to The Humor List?
There are many ways you can help:
- Add The Humor List to a webring.
- Add The Humor List to search engines.
- Advertise The Humor List in humor or computer magazines.
- Add a signature to your emails telling people how to subscribe to The Humor List.
- If you would like to help with any of the above or know of any other ways to publicize The Humor List, send an email to one of our Administrators, Doug or Sandy.
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I have changed my email address. How do I update my address?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.
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I would like to leave The Humor List. How do I do that?
The Humor List Mailing Group and web pages are in the process of many changes in our daily operations. Current information will be posted as soon as available.

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You have not answered my question. How can I submit question(s) for this FAQ?
Doug Harter is the maintainer of this FAQ. Send him an email with your question(s). He will research the answer and add it to the FAQ.
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UPDATED: 06/24/17