How to Read Archived Messages


The Messages Page

Ten message threads (groups of messages and their replies) are displayed at one time. To view more than ten threads at a time, click on Show More. Repeatedly clicking on Show More will show greater numbers of threads at a time. Click on Next to see the next ten mailings, previous to see the last ten. You may change the sorting order of the threads by clicking the up or down triangles next to Date, Subject, Replies and Author. By clicking the top triangle, the sort order will be ascending (a-z); clicking the bottom arrow makes the sort order descending (z-a).


Date The date this thread started. The date displayed is from the first message sent to the thread.

Subject The thread's subject. Clicking on the subject will display all the messages for a message thread.

Replies The number of replies to a message. If 0, there were no replies to the message. Clicking on this number will show an overview of the messages sent to this thread. You may then click on the subject of any particular message to read it.

Author The initial message's author. Click on the author's name to find out more information about the person who started this thread. You will be taken to the About this Author Page, which displays the author's name (if available), the first part of their email address (the domain is not displayed for privacy's sake), the messages posted by this member, and the date the author became a member. From this page, you may view the messages that author has posted. That page will give you the option to view messages from all authors.

How to Search the Message Archives

The RTAP listserv allows you to search the message archives. The basic search allows you to look for particular words used in a message. The advanced search allows you to specify the location of the words (in the message header, subject or body) or to exclude words.


Basic Search:
1. Select a listserv, either in My Forums or All Forums.
2. Select the Search tab.
3. You will be taken to the Search page.
4. Enter the word(s) you'd like to search for. You may separate words with a space or comma.
5. Select Search. If your search is successful, the next page will show you the results.


Advanced Search:
1. Select a listserv, either in My Forums or All Forums.
2. Select the Search tab.
3. You will be taken to the Search page.
4. Select Advanced Search.
5. Enter the word(s) you'd like to search for. You may separate words with a space or comma.
6. Enter the location of the words you're searching for:

Entire Message: anywhere in the message.
Body: In the message body (below the subject line).
Header: In the message header (includes information about the sender, the subject, etc.).

7. Select whether you want messages with any or all of the words you've selected.
8. (Optional) Enter the word(s) you'd like to exclude. Messages that contain these words will not be included in your search results.
9. Enter the location of these words to be excluded:

Entire Message: anywhere in the message.
Body: In the message body (below the subject line).
Header: In the message header (includes information about the sender, the subject, etc.).
10. Select Search. If your search is successful, the next page will show you the results.

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