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Compass User's Group Information
1. What is the "Compass Users Group"? Note to existing users:
The Compass Users Group is a forum for users of the Compass Cave Survey Software package. The forum is open to anyone one, but is particularly relevant to cavers, cave cartographers and Compass Users. There is no charge to join and people are free to join or resign at any time.

The primary topic of the group is cave surveying, cave exploring and specifically, using Compass to map caves. It is also a place for people to  ask questions, share tips and experiences, and report bugs. Finally it is a place to make suggestions and request new features.
For some reason, Yahoo dropped the Compass Users Group at the beginning of the 2006. As a result, all the memberships were lost, as well as the archived postings.

This means that everyone has to re-register. Also, I will see if I can reconstitute some of the old postings. If you have saved any of the old postings, please send them to me at Compass Contact Page

Archive Of Old Messages
Since Yahoo lost all the old messages, there is now an archive of messages covering the period from 2000 to 2005.
2. How to subscribe and manage your mail account.
You need an e-mail account to subscribe to "Compass Users". You can join the mailing list by sending an empty message to:

compass-users[email protected] .

After you have sent the message, you will receive an email to validate your membership. You have to reply to this message in order to become a member. You can use "Reply" button in your email program to respond to the email. You can also validate your membership by accessing the Web Link that is displayed in validation email.

When you have completed the validation process, you will receive a welcome email. At this point, you will be a member of the "Compass Users Group"! From this point on you can post your own submissions to the user's group. To post messages, send an email to this address: .

Important note: Only subscribed members can post to the list! If you wish to use more than one e-mail address, you must subscribe with each of those addresses.

If you want to resign from the group, send an empty message to:

[email protected] .

The "Compass Users Group" also offers a Web-based interface which you can access through the follow web address

In order to log on, you will need to enter your e-mail address and temporary password. Once this is done, you will be able to read old postings in the message archive or submit a new message through the Web interface. You also can access other services like the file upload area or the poll area.

Important note: Only subscribed members can access the message archive! Some other areas are read-only or closed completely for regular users, e.g. the address directory. The moderator decided to do this to protect the personal data of the users and to keep spammers away.

3. Rules, Suggestions and Etiquette
There are some rules for the users of the mailing list. These are:
  • When you post a question or problem to the "Compass Users Group", it is important to give as much information as possible. For example, a precise description of the error message and problem is essential. It is also very important to give the precise steps and conditions required to reproduce the problem. An email saying "I can't print" is not very helpful. In addition, please provide the Compass version number.  (Look in the "About" window of any of the program.) In many cases, the problem will already be fixed and all you have to do is download the a new version.
  • Before you post, it is often useful to review the Compass User Group archives. In many instances, you will be able to solve the problem by reading old posts. The message archive has a search engine that will help you find relevant postings.
  • In addition, be sure to read the Compass help files. The help files contain lots of problem solving information and they will help you understand the operation of various features so you can ask better questions.
  • Remember, if you reply to a user group email, your response will go to the whole user group, not just to the original author!
  • Real people have real names. Please put your name in the "From: " field of your e-mail client. It is bad style to use names like "CyberCaver" or "[email protected]". O.K.?
  • Do not send HTML formatted messages to this list - not everybody uses Outlook or another HTML-able mail reader.
  • Do not send messages with attachments to the list. If you would publish files please put them on a http or ftp server and post only the URL of the files. Alternatively you can go to the file area of this forum and place your stuff there.
  • BTW: Flame wars are verboten! :-)

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