FyrenIyce Frequently Asked Questions
It is hoped that most questions one might have about the FyrenIyce Support List (F&I) will be answered in this FAQ. Please be sure to refer to this document before sending queries to the list-owner. Early on in the evolution of the F&I Website and Support list, I was able to answer and give personal attention to every question, but that time is now long past, so unless your question is unanswered here and is of some urgency (in other words, not casual in nature), I will no longer be able to respond directly to you. My efforts are now focused on keeping the website updated, doing the necessary research, and attending to the ever-increasing calls for help submitted via the website.
Thanks for your understanding,
- What exactly IS FyrenIyce?
- FyrenIyce, or (F&I) as it is fondly called, is a large Australian Bipolar Website and Support Group for bipolar disordered folks and their significant others.
- Is it for Australian people only or can anyone join?
- At this time, F&I continues to accept members from all over the world. If in the future it becomes necessary to close or limit membership in some way, then Australian and New Zealand people will be given first priority, but NO existing members will be forced to leave.
- What do you mean by saying that F&I is a "support" group?
- Just as there are any number of support groups for alcoholics, co-dependents etc., offline, F&I offers "support" to its members in several ways: 1) via electronic mail, or e-mail (as it's commonly called), 2) ICQ and 3) and soon will offer a safe place to chat via what is known as a MOO. And no, a MOO is NOT a chat room of the type you may be thinking of. It is far superior to a mere chat room...just wait and see. :).
- How BIG is the F&I List?
- FyrenIyce numbers around 160 members give or take, and is still growing by one or two new members a day.
- How many pieces of mail can I expect to get daily?
- Volume of postings on F&I average between 50 and 100 per day, but can peak at 125 or so if a critical or popular topic comes up.
- YIKES!!! That's a lot of mail! Do you have a FyrenIyce Digest available?
- Yes, there is a digest version which delivers all of the postings made to the regular FyrenIyce list in bundles of up to 50K per digest. An average of 2 to 3 digests are produced automatically each day. The digest is often easier to handle and less overwhelming to some, especially during a bad episode. To subscribe to the digest version you must go to dGroups.com and register as a user. Don't worry, it's all free. Once you are registered you can then click on settings and change your subscription to the digest form. If that isn't to your liking, then change it to webmail only and you can simply read your mail via your browser on the internet. Messages are archived there and may be accessed by anyone who is a member of the list. The archive is NOT accessible to nonmembers.
- How do I manage the amount of mail from a high-volume list like F&I?
- How you handle your mail depends a great deal on how much time you have to spend reading mail, how compelled you feel to answer every post that strikes a note with you, how good you are at deleting unread mail, and lastly, but MOST importantly, how big your mailbox quota is on your server and who your ISP is. If you are an AOL, Compuserve, or free-mail user, you have a very small mailbox allocation. Given this, it's really important that you stay on top of your mail situation and keep your mailbox cleaned out. Over-full mailboxes generate error messages that are dumped into MY mailbox as list-owner :( If I receive five error messages in a row from your mail provider, I automatically unsubscribe you and your name just might appear on our "dingbat of the week" list.
Once you've taken care of your mail problems you can immediately resubscribe to the list following the instructions on these web-pages. Remember, you can always subscribe to the digest version which is often much easier to cope with.
- What's ICQ?
- ICQ is a very simple to download, install and use program that allows you to chat with others in real time via a connection to your server, in the same way that a connection to your server (ISP) allows you to send email or use your browser to surf the web. Please do not ask me how to get or use ICQ; it's not hard to figure out and I'm sure you'll be able to manage it. Download ICQ here.
- What's a MOO?
- A MOO is another kind of virtual community that takes a bit of time to learn, but is again, a face-to-(virtual) face method of immediate communication. MOO stands for Mudd Object-Oriented, meaning the programming language used to code the MOO structure is object-oriented. Go to <http://www.iinet.net.au/~fractal1/fmooinf.htm> to learn more.
- What goes on in the F&I Support group?
- Our group is a very warm, caring bunch who chide one another for not taking medications, for missing pdoc (psychiatrist) appointments, and for wallowing in self-pity sometimes. Most importantly, when a fellow F&I'er hits the skids and starts sounding like their thinking has turned to serious suicide ideation, this group comes together like a well-oiled team to spread a net that will catch the falling one and get them into the arms of safety. The gang makes use of everything available to do this. From email, to ICQ, to phone calls to the police--nothing is spared if it will get help to the hurting one in time. Truly an amazing group to watch when they go into action. NOW THAT'S SUPPORT!