Connectionists mailing list
Connectionists is a mailing list whose membership is restricted to students,
faculty members, and professionals who are actively involved in connectionist
research, in order to keep uninformed flaming to a minimum. (Informed
flames are of course welcome.)
Requests to have a name added to the list, and similar administrative
matters, should be sent to
The mailing list is intended for discussion of technical issues relating to
neural computation, and dissemination of professional announcements and
other information relevant to researchers in the field. We particularly
encourage people to post the abstracts of their latest papers and tech
Due to the current size of connectionists, we do not examine returned
fail messages to determine who is and is not receiving mail successfully. We
ask that you contact us if you stop receiving mail. (You should also
contact us if you do not start receiving mail.) Connectionists sends out
more than a message a week, so if you do not receive mail for ONE WEEK, send
mail to Connectionists-Request@cs.cmu.edu with your full name,
address, and where you are receiving mail. This last we need in case you
are on a redistribution list.
We also ask that if your account is about to expire or you are moving
to please contact us at the same address so that we can remove or
update your address.
What NOT to send to CONNECTIONISTS
To keep the traffic on the CONNECTIONISTS mailing list to a minimum, we ask
that you take special care not to send inappropriate mail to the list.
- Connectionists does not accept calls for references from people too
lazy to do their own library work. Calls for *additional* references will
be accepted if accompanied by a substantial initial bibliography on the topic
in question. People who have compiled bibliographies are encouraged to post
them for others to use, even if they're not looking for additional
- In general, personal messages are discouraged. People looking for free
software, for reprints of papers, or for roommates at the NIPS conference
should not post messages here.
- Requests for addition to the list, change of address and other
administrative matters should be sent to
Connectionists-Request@cs.cmu.edu. If you mention our mailing list
to someone who may apply to be added to it, please make sure they use the
above and NOT Connectionists@cs.cmu.edu.
- Conferences and workshops may be announced on this list AT MOST twice:
once to send out a call for papers, and once to remind non-authors about the
registration deadline. A flood of repetitive announcements about the same
conference is not welcome here.
- Requests for e-mail addresses of people who are believed to subscribe to
connectionists should be sent to postmaster@appropriate-site. If the site
address is unknown, send your request to "Connectionists-Request@cs.cmu.edu"
and we'll do our best to help. A phone call to the appropriate institution
will often be simpler and faster.
- Note that in many mail programs a reply to a message is automatically
"CC"-ed to all the addresses on the "To" and "CC" lines of the original
message. If the mailer you use has this property, please make sure your
personal response (request for a Tech Report etc.) is NOT broadcast over
Some Notes About Connectionists
- The moderator of Neuron Digest is a subscriber to CONNECTIONISTS, and,
with permission, extracts announcements of upcoming conferences, new tech
reports, and talk abstracts for reposting to Neuron Digest, which in turn
shows up on comp.ai.neural-nets. He eliminates from these messages any
reference to the CONNECTIONISTS list before reposting them. He does not
repost any technical discussions from this list, only public announcements
to which no reply is expected.
- This list now contains over 1000 addresses, including several dozen
local redistribution sites in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. So even
without Neuron Digest rebroadcasting, announcements posted here are widely
- If you want to be sure some message of yours is not redistributed to
other lists, start your messge with a line: "*** DO NOT FORWARD TO ANY OTHER
LISTS ***" and your wishes will be respected.
- Subscription to CONNECTIONISTS is restricted to people actively engaged
in neural net research. Some sites maintain local redistribution lists; it
is the responsibility of the local list maintainer to see that this
subscription policy is adhered to.
- To respond to the author of a message on the connectionists list, e.g.,
to order a copy of his or her new tech report, use the "mail" command, NOT
the "reply" command. Otherwise you will end up sending your message to the
entire list, which REALLY annoys the maintainer.
- The CONNECTIONISTS Archive
All e-mail messages sent to "Connectionists@cs.cmu.edu" starting 27-Feb-88
are now available for public perusal. A separate file exists for each
month. The files' names are: arch.yymm where yymm stand
for the obvious thing. Thus the earliest available data are in the file is
Files ending with .Z are compressed using the standard unix compress program.
To browse through these files (as well as through other files, see below) you
must FTP them to your local machine.
The file "current" in the same directory contains the archives for the
here to go to the connectionist archives.