and Mail Reflector
We have been using KeepandShare ( A cloud storage and sharing service) to supplement our COOKEN website with the ability for members to post information, files, events, calendars, photos, etc for Almost Instant Sharing with other members for several years now.
Under their new user rules, we have created a Single User (solo) paid account as a non profit organization that costs us $6.30 a month which the club has voted to pay and I as webmaster think that is a good deal for what it gives us. That account is still called “COOKEN”
That account will continue to be linked to our website to allow browsing of the calendars and photos by anyone navigating our URL. In other words, you do not have to be signed in for those three public features.
However, In order to write to the cloud or view private material, you must be logged into KeepandShare with either that name and password or your own name which is linked to it as a friend with a simple email to the webmaster listing the user name assigned to your account. Members in good standing will be made friends of COOKEN which gives you read and write priveleges to post on the blog. The blog space is monitored so please use good judgement when posting.
The easiest way to do this is to close any KeepandShare account names you currently use including cookenmember or ones with your name which have been deleted from the Cooken friend list. Save any files first since after 15 days you will not have space on your private account name..
You then should create your own new private Solo account. Don’t panic when you create the account, you will get 15 days of free unlimited capability in your own space and then assuming you do not opt for your own storage quota at 15 day point, your account will revert to a limited rights account at the end of 30 days. One of the features you still have is that once COOKEN friends your new name, we can grant members and board read and write access to the COOKEN files still free of charge to each member.
For example Mike Neal’s new user name is WD8JLPcooken. That logs into his space but since he is a “friend” of Cooken, he can also gain access to all the shared Cooken files when he navigates there either via the website links or in the KEEPANDSHARE portal front door and enters Cooken if he just wants to browse all the content in the KEEPANDSHARE Cooken cloud space.
Once you create your own account, you can leave the “remember me on this computer box” checked when you log in the first time and you should never have to log in again.
If you need to post, please contact the Club executive board and they will pass on the Cooken user name and password for write access.
Step by Step Instructions for COOKEN members.
Do not use the default suggestion they send you in your registration email. It will work of course but your comments will not clearly show they are coming from your callsign.
Anyone who needs to regularly post info to the KEEPANDSHARE file areas has been given the administrative password for our paid main account or may obtain it any time by sending an email to email@example.com
We hope that this workaround will be satisfactory. The alternative would have been to create a multi user account which is cost prohibitive in our case.
Please let webmaster know if you have any problems, suggestions for improvement, or things you would like to see implemented.
You need to sign in with an address that is used both to send and receive emails. If for some reason your POP3 and SMTP address are different, you will not be able to send to this reflector due to the security features built in. This effects alias addresses such as c a l l @ a r r l. n e t etc. Since the individual emails are not divulged to other members or on any website, it should be safe to share your POP3/SMTP address here.
Also, once you are a member of the list and wish to reply to an incoming message:
Use the default c o o k e n m e m b e r as the reply to address only if you want your reply to go entire list. If you want to send a private response ...say to the originator of a thread.....that is a standard message from you to them....there is no need to use the reflector for that purpose. Depending on the originators mail settings, that address may be included to excluded from the group message. An easy way to do that is to click Forward to that one person instead of clicking reply to.
One problem we have with this reflector is telling your email program that this is a legal address that you do not want replies sent to your spam filter. Since the"opt in" process requires a two way handshake of who is whom, you must be sure your email program will not throw out the first message from reflector just checking to make sure you are who you say and have not mis-typed your address.
You can alleviate that by adding the group address to
your white list ( if you have that feature) or simply addressing a "dummy"
outgoing email to our address before "opting in" as described below:
You should receive a confirmation when your address is added and then you can both send and receive via this address until you opt out. Make sure you reply to the first message the mail program will send you after you change your member status. This part of the handshake to insure that you are you. If you do not receive a reply, please re-read the steps above carefully, opt-out, then repeat the process.
All members are encouraged to use the reflector for cooken business or general QST messages to the member list . Please report any spam you receive addressed to the group postmaster. Your email address will not be divulged anywhere or published on the site. It will be used strictly for group correspondence within the group. However, Your reply to address may be part of you postings depending on your mail program settings. If you wish that to be anonymous, do not include it in your outgoing settings (SMTP side ) for that account. See the setup options for your mail program, COOKEN is not responsible for what your mail program inserts on your messages.
Also, although the User ID "c o o k e n m e m b e r" is the same, this service is entirely separate from KeepandShare.