Last update: January 2016
This is an electronic mailing-list for
professional discussion on
inborn errors of metabolism - genetics, diagnosis,
biochemistry, treatment, prognosis...
Metab-l is meant to provide an informal and
friendly, but also professional forum for meeting each
other....for getting acquainted, for exchanging information
and addresses :), for planning projects, for discussing cases,
problems, solutions, ideas.
|It is meant as a meeting-
place, a ROUND TABLE for clinicians with care of patients
with inborn errors of metabolism, for biochemists,
molecular biologists, for all kinds of scientists
and researchers in the field of Inborn Errors of
The virtual get-together - the permanent
Thanks for joining and for contributing. I do hope and I do
trust that we all of us, our daily work, our scientific
endeavours, our clinical care, our laboratory
investigations, will profit from sharing and communicating -
PLEASE BY ALL MEANS DO READ THE FAQ-PAGE !.
THE "RULEZ AND CONVENTIONS" of Metab-L
- Metab-l is intended as a quick and informal
tool of communication between colleagues interested in Inborn
Errors of Metabolism. Each of us should be allowed to touch any
subject he/she wants to discuss.
No censoring/moderating/peer reviewing is made in metab-l.
We do care about quality, though: this depends totally on your
activity and contribution to the list. Please do not complain
about postings you think out-of-place - just contribute positively
and thereby set the tone and quality of the list.
Quality cannot be ordered or organized - it individually depends
on each and every participant.
- Metab-l is a tool for communication between
colleagues. That includes anyone professionally or scientifically
interested in Inborn Errors of Metabolism:
Parents/patients i.e. laymen at this stage can and may not
participate in the Metab-L list.
This is not meant in a discriminatory way, just to prevent
a flooding of the list and to guarantee data-security.
and professional discretion: please remember that
Metab-L postings are transported over the Internet and end up in
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nor the admins of Metab-L can control. Please keep issues of
ethically and legally required professional discretion in mind
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possible. Not every posting has to be read by all participants -
please give them a choice by making your subject-line
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use the following abbreviations at the beginning of your subject
*A*: Address requests and answers (see 5)
*C*: Case discussions
*G*: Certainly of general Interest
*J*: Job opportunity
*S*: Social posting :)
All other postings are without abbreviation, so far. If need
be, we can agree on adding or deleting or changing some of them.
If possible, make them appear "bold" or "fat".
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send your replies not to the list but directly to the colleague
demanding the address (do not use the reply button).
As for the originator of the request: please post the correct
answer you received *once* to the list, for all colleagues
to profit - this should be considered a "moral obligation".
- Please do not have structural discussions on Metab-L
This needs to be explained: I personally think, we will need a lot
of discussion about how metab-l should look and work,
about how the different mailing-lists can cooperate or be brought
together, about how the Inborn Error Network should look and work
and be structured in the nearer future, about tiny details and big
changes. metab-l is a project in its beta phase and should
and must develop and become our joint project, and if not metab-l,
at least Inborn Error Communication as a whole. I personally think
we all of us should contribute to that discussion. But to cater
for the interests of those who complained about that kind of mails
let us keep away that kind of discussion from metab-l - just
do contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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C.Renner- or cnrenner -postings - most of them are "forwards" of
other participants` messages).
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your email program.
There might be occasions, though, when your answer to a metab-l
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In these cases please be careful and just send your message to
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that as a reply to all messages you get.
Vacation programs can be very helpful - but disastrous when you
are participating in a mailing list like Metab-L.
In the past we have had some email loops on the mailing list. They
were due to "vacation" programs: automatic responses are sent back
to the mailing list, be distributed again to ALL members, are
automatically answered again by the vacation program and so on;
giant loops arise cluttering the mailboxes of all participants
with hundreds and hundreds of automatic "I am away"- emails We do
our best to prevent email loops - this is why the server software
is so picky about the email addresses and allows postings only
from exactly the email address subscribed. Fact is we would have
many many email loops if this feature was not enabled, as lots of
metab-l members seem to use "vacation" programs. Most
vacation programs are - at least - so configured that the email
response they generate does not come from exactly the email
address the sender usually uses - and can so be detected and email
loops prevented by the metab-l software. When vacation programs`
output seems to come from exactly the vacationer` s email address
the mailing list software is helpless, though.
So please try NOT to use automatic vacation programs on
your metab-l-email-account OR if you do need a vacation program
after all and are not 100%-sure that the vacation program can be
configured in a harmless way (see above) please be so kind as to
disable your email reception from metab-l for the time of your
absence. You can do this easily by going to
On this same place you can easily reenable your
metab-l-email-reception upon your homecoming.
- PLEASE DO READ THE FREQUENTLY-ANSWERED-QUESTIONS-PAGE AS
WELL. NOW :-)
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Metabolics, Nutricia GmbH Germany are gratefully acknowledged
for their longstanding and generous financial support of Metab-L.
Nevertheless, as Metab-L really takes a lot of time (and a
little money) to administrate regular financial donations by list
members are of course gratefully acknowledged and
stealthily encouraged (suggestion: 5 Euro per month or 50 Euros
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