HowToUseYourPostgreSQLMailAccount

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Logging In/Account Creation

If you have never had an @postgresql.org account before, or for some reason can't get into yours, please e-mail josh@postresql.org a password which you want to use.

Your Address

Your e-mail address will be the 2-letter ISO country code for your country, followed by @postgresql.org. For example, Diogo has br@postgresql.org. The exceptions to this are Devrim, who has devrim@postgresql.org due to his work on the website, and Tatsuo/JPUG, who prefer to use their list address.

      We will not be using people's personal addresses, because the @postgresql.org

addresses make possible an easy transition from one regional contact to another. It also looks more professional.

Appropriate Uses of Your @Postgresql.org address

Your @postgresql.org address is intended strictly for use when doing volunteer advocacy for PostgreSQL.org. It is NOT intended for a general mailbox or business address; remember, it may be assigned to someone else at any time which you are unable to volunteer.

      This can particularly be a challenge for consultants.   My rule is, if you're

answering queries from @postgresql.org, you can recommend your own business for consulting ... but you MUST mention other appropriate consultants in the area as well. Nor should you take referral fees for business referred through your @postgresql.org address. (Sorry if this seems pedantic, but there have already been some misunderstandings.)

      I will be forwarding e-mails received from the public to your @postgresql.org

address from time to time. This is much, much easier for me than keeping track of personal addresses. As such, it's important that you continue to check the address (see below) for the next year, or tell me when you are stopping.

      Also, please remember that you are not personally able to make decisions on

behalf of the whole PostgreSQL.org community. No-one is, not even the members of Core Team. We are a democratic organization. I have to tell reporters and businesspeople that all the time.

How to Access Your PostgreSQL.org Address

WEB: Go to http://webmail.postgresql.org and log in. This gets you into RoundCube, a fairly simple webmail interface. It is even multi-lingual.

POP/IMAP: You can access mail.postgresql.org via POP or IMAP. You must:

  • Downloading Mail: authenticate as "username" to mail.postgresql.org
              with your password.
              e.g. login: cl  password: ******** server: mail.postgresql.org.
  • Sending Mail: you must use SMTP authentication. Login as
               "username@postgresql.org" to "mail.postgresql.org" with
                 your mail password.  Use of LOGIN or DIGEST-MD5 password
                 encryption may be required to make this work.
  • FORWARDING: If you do not often get @postgresql.org e-mail (and few people

other than Brazillian and Spanish speakers will) it is suggested that you Forward your @postgresql.org e-mail to another account. Do it this way:

  1. log into webmail.postgresql.org
  2. select Mail -- Filters from the left navigation bar.
  3. Choose the existing "Forward Rule".
  4. Tell it where to forward mail, and not to save messages on the server.
  5. Save, and remember to update this when your e-mail address changes!

Sharing Your @postgresql.org Account

Several regions, such as DE and FR, have more than one person sharing an account to collaborate. There are two ways you can make this work:

  • Use webmail/IMAP. Which messages are replied to and what has been

recieved will be obvious.

  • Use forwarding rules: set up forwarding to multiple accounts, and treat

the @postgresql address like it was a mailing list.

Deleting Huge Masses of Spam

If you are not forwarding mail, your account can accumulated huge amounts of spam and become inoperative. The way to fix this is through the webmail interface.

  1. Log in through webmail.postgresql.org.
  2. Copy any messages you want to keep to a new folder.
  3. Choose your INBOX folder.
  4. Near the folder name there should be a small "trash can" icon. If you check the tooltip, it will say "Empty Folder".
  5. Click the trash can icon.
  6. All mail in the folder will be deleted.
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