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Introduction to Web E-mail


What is Webmail?

Webmail is any Web-browser based interface that allows you to access your Internet e-mail from the Web. SCN uses Endymion Mailman. There is additional help documentation on the Web. The advantage of webmail is that you can access your e-mail from any computer that has unrestricted access to the World Wide Web, this means that when you are traveling you can stop in a cyber-cafe to check your e-mail and to send your friends and family e-mail.

SCN Webmail Tips

At public access locations, push the Log Out button on the e-mail message screen when you're finished. Then close the browser (click the X in the upper right corner). Logging out by itself might not be enough, because of the software used on some PCs. After you log out and close the browser, you shouldn't be able to reload e-mail message pages from the browser's local cache. If you can still read cached e-mail messages without logging in again, clear the browser's cache if possible, and ask your computer center for assistance.

Data missing messages: Use the navigation buttons on the message pages, not the browser's Back and Forward buttons. Use your browser's history list to go back to a page that you viewed before you logged in to WebMail. If you are not at a public access location, uncheck the Expire Pages on Server box to avoid this.

AOL and WebTV users: When AOL or WebTV periodically changes your connection's Internet IP address, you can continue with your e-mail only after you log in again. This helps prevent false use of your SCN e-mail account, but it also makes things more difficult for users of AOL and a few other services.

Timing-out: If the system load is high, WebMail might respond too slowly. If this happens please try again later, or login via telnet to read your e-mail with Pine. Note that Pine will move new e-mails to it's own folders and these e-mails will no longer be available in WebMail.

POP: Using Eudora and Other POP E-mail Programs with SCN explains another way to send and receive e-mail through your SCN account from your PC, using a standard e-mail program and a PPP dialup connection from your Internet provider.

What is E-mail?

E-mail stands for "electronic-mail", it is a way to send and receive typed messages and other data from one computer to another, all over the world, using the Internet.

Structure of an E-mail Address

E-mail addresses are similar to regular addresses in that they contain:

  1. Name. This is the user name, or "user-ID", by which people are known at their Internet or e-mail provider.

  2. Address. This is indicated, appropriately enough, after the @ (at sign), and designates the Internet location at which people's e-mail is sent and received. The address is comprised of two parts:

    • The domain name (host) that provides the e-mail service, such as Seattle Community Network (scn).

    • The top-level domain (TLD) type. These can be ".com" (commercial), ".edu" (education), ".net" (network), ".org" (organization), ".gov" (government), and more, these also can be root zone country-codes such as ".us" (United States), and ".de" (Germany), et cetera.

Example of a complete e-mail address: visitor@scn.org

E-Mail Etiquette

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Updated April 13th, 2003 - help@scn.org