Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about
the NESMA discussion list
A. NESMA is the North East Surf Music Alliance. The goals of NESMA include: to get and promote recognition for the east coast surf bands on a national and global level; to further expand the musical expression of the surf/instrumental genre to the general population; and to connect regional surf bands through a comprehensive communications network including contacts, supporters, venues, etc., from Nova Scotia south to the Carolinas, and west to Chicago. NESMA also encompasses the belief that surf / instrumental bands can work together, trade shows (within and outside a band's own region), exchange recordings, and eliminate "turf wars"; and the hope that established surf / instrumental bands can lend support, advice, and encouragement to those less fortunate or just starting out, for the benefit of the Alliance and the genre. The list is one arm of NESMA - the website you are viewing (www.nesmasurf.org) is another. For more detailed information on NESMA, click here.
A. This is no longer an open list, due to spam
issues. It is intended for
members of NESMA and NESMA bands, and surf fans who are interested in east coast
surf music. The group moderator is notified when anyone wants to join, and can
approve the new member or not. If anyone is rude or unsupportive or does not in general act in a
manner that is consistent with the goals of NESMA, they may be removed from the
list & banned from rejoining by the group moderator.
A. It is primarily geared toward the east coast
surf scene, with “east coast” being broadly defined to cover north to
Canada, south to the Carolinas, and west to Chicago. Anyone interested in surf
music in this region is welcome to join as long as the focus stays on the east
coast. There are other surf lists devoted to the west coast surf music scene.
A. There are a couple of ways to join:
1. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nesmasurf/
and sign up for a Yahoo! Groups account. Follow the instructions to sign up and
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(group moderator) and ask to be added to the list.
Please note - bands interested in joining
NESMA as a band member should contact NESMA founder Mike Rosado at email@example.com
. Joining the discussion list is NOT the same as joining NESMA as a band. Please
read the "What is NESMA?" page before
contacting Mike with your interest in joining as a NESMA band.
Please note - bands interested in joining NESMA as a band member should contact NESMA founder Mike Rosado at firstname.lastname@example.org . Joining the discussion list is NOT the same as joining NESMA as a band. Please read the "What is NESMA?" page before contacting Mike with your interest in joining as a NESMA band.
A. There are 2 ways to unsubscribe.
1. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nesmasurf/, sign in, and remove yourself from the list (click on “leave group” –
we’ll miss you!)
2. Send an email to email@example.com and ask her to sign you off.
A. Yahoo! Groups is a service owned by Yahoo!
that provides free e-mail based discussion groups to the Internet community. The
service is paid for by advertising dollars. You will notice that each message
sent to the NESMA list has a short advertisement attached. While it would be
nice to not have the ads, it's better than paying for it!
A. Because it's free, easy to manage, reliable
and big enough that it probably won't disappear out from under us suddenly.
A. The list has only been active for a few
months, so traffic is hard to judge. The month with the most messages had about
80, or on average 20 a week, or 3-4 a day. The other months only had about 30
messages total, or an average of about 1 a day.
A. If large volumes of e-mail are an issue for
you, the best option is to get the messages in digest format. Digest format is a
single daily e-mail message that contains all of the discussion on the list for
that day. You will need to go to the Yahoo! Groups site (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nesmasurf/)
and sign in, then change your email delivery preferences to Digest Format. You
can also opt for web based access, where you go to the e-groups site and read
the messages on-line at your leisure (set your account to “no mail”). It's
up to you, and you can change your preferences as often as you would like. If
you can’t figure out how to do this, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask her to change your setting for you.
Simply send an e-mail to email@example.com
and it will go to the entire list (you must be a member of the list for your
message to go through). Keep in mind that you are sending a message to a bunch
of people in one click of the send button – think about what you’re saying
before you click “send”. Also – realize that your message is going to the
whole list, not the group moderator. And – messages are archived FOREVER so
don’t post something you don’t want posterity to see.
A. Yes – for now. If this becomes a problem in
the future (due to viruses or something) we can change that.
A. Sign into the Yahoo! Groups site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nesmasurf/
and and click the "files" link on the left side of the page. Follow
the instructions on screen to upload a file. Then simply send a message to the
list referring people to the site. This is a good way to post photos & show
posters that are large files. Some people do not appreciate getting large files
in their email (from the list) if they have a limited size e-mail account!
A. The list has been set up so that, by default,
replying to a message addresses it to the list and NOT the individual who posted
it. The person who posted it will presumably see your reply when it comes across
the list. However, this means you must be careful not to accidentally post a
personal reply to the whole list – this can be embarrassing!
A. Here are some suggestions for good list
1. Keep private communications private. If
someone sends a private e-mail to you, do not post it to the list unless they
ask or consent that you do so.
2. Refrain from personal attacks. It's OK to
disagree, and express your disagreement appropriately and politely. However,
this group is intended to be supportive of each other and the east coast surf
scene, so keep that in mind.
3. No spamming or flooding the list (post
appropriate things just once).
4. Advertising per se is not allowed. If your
band has a new CD release & you want to announce it, that’s OK. If you
have some gear you’re trying to sell or trade, that’s OK too. But if the
same people/person post things for sale repeatedly, that’s a problem. And
nothing not related to surf/instro music is allowed (i.e. vitamins, Girl Scout
cookies, etc.) Members MAY occasionally plug their music related businesses
(i.e. recording studio, graphic design services, etc.), but try to keep it to a
minimum. Gig announcements are encouraged.
5. Be respectful and professional - e-mail is
pretty impersonal - you can't really judge who is on the other side of the
screen by the messages they write. Also, you don't know who else is on the list,
reading what you write. You might be surprised at some of the people on the list
– they are not all band members or even musicians. Keep in mind how they might
view what you are saying.
6. To repeat - If anyone is rude or unsupportive
or does not in general act in a manner that is consistent with the goals of
NESMA, they may be removed from the list & banned from rejoining by the
That said - we hope you will join our discussion!