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Alpine-L was founded in order to bring closer together the rock
gardeners of the planet, to serve some of their information needs, to provide
for a freer exchange between rock garden clubs and their members, to speed
that exchange and provide for more rapid adoption of ideas, policies and
knowledge resulting from it, and to promote the exchange of knowledge across
national boundaries. As one member of Alpine-L (Lois Addison) has put it:
"For those of us who either because of [economics] or time or dislike of
travel, etc. don't make it to [club] meetings, this is a wonderful way
1. form some connections with people you would otherwise not come in contact
2. learn from the questions that go back and forth
3. get immediate access to information that you need or are curious about."
Vigorous efforts have been made to internationalize Alpine-L. The resulting
diversity of intellectual input is one of its greatest strengths.
SEARCHING THE ALPINE-L ARCHIVES
You may use any key word(s) to search the almost 13,000 messages
in the Alpine-L archives.
If you have access to the www, point your browser to
and an instructional screen that contains fill-ins for searching Alpine-L
will guide you easily through the search. Click on the words "Search for"
and you will find detailed instructions on how to refine searches.
It is particularly useful, to increase the number of "hits", to check the
"Substring Search" box; this produces inflected forms of words, words buried
in web site addresses, etc.
For those without access to the web, the archives are searchable by e-mail
command. Send to Listserv@nic.surfnet.NL
an all-on-one-line command such as: search Alpine-L phlox since 98/10/01
If you want to search the complete archive, omit "since 98/10/01". The
word "until" may be substituted for "since" to obtain messages posted before
any date you supply.
QUOTING ALPINE-L'S AUTHORS
Since February 18, 1998, every Alpine-L posting has carried
the warning "Posts Copyright by Authors." But copyright law in every country
vests in authors the ownership of work created by them, whether or not
a copyright claim accompanies publication. Therefore, it is necessary to
write to Alpine-L authors for permission to quote their postings. Brief
excerpts may be quoted without securing permission under fair use provisions
of copyright law; if you are in doubt, please seek permission.
More complete details may be found in the Alpine-L Copyright Code, published
as the Alpine-L Handbook, part W, section k, at:
All quotations of any kind should be reprinted accurately and without alteration,
and should be accompanied by a full bibliographic description of the original
publication so that the reprinter's audience can find it easily, e. g.
Reprinted, with permission of the author, from an Alpine-L posting of January
HISTORY OF ALPINE-L
Alpine-L was first published electronically on a daily basis from Feb 6-17,
with the title *RGJ, the Rock gardening Journal*
One of the first subscribers to RGJ, Eric Gouda, Curator of the University
of Utrecht Botanic Garden, offered the services of Surfnet, the electronic
information service provider to NIC (the Netherlands Information Consortium).
Eric has supplied Listserv support since February 18, 1995, and provided
the happily apt name change to Alpine-L.
Since the end of 1997, Surfnet has made the Alpine-L archives available
to anyone in the world, whether subscribed or not. Alpine-L has thrived
under the sponsorship of the Botanic Garden, and membership has grown slowly
to more than 800 over the years.
ADMINISTRATION OF ALPINE-L
Quiet (inactive) listowners include Eric Gouda (since 1995),
Alexej Borkovec (since 1996), Hubert Agback, Lisa Flaum, Hannelotte Kindlund
and Lucio Russo (since 1999).