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Lynx is maintained and improved by an international co-operative of volunteers. Newcomers are welcome to join the group: you needn't be a super programmer, but you should be prepared to listen and learn, as well as to contribute patches if you can. Since everyone is a volunteer, you will usually be expected to try to implement any suggestions you make.
The developers communicate through a majordomo mailing list -- see below for details -- , which is open to interested users as well as programmers. Topics include fixing bugs, increasing Lynx's tools and powers, meeting the ever-changing demands of the Internet and porting Lynx to new systems.
Anyone may read what has been said on the list by visiting the Archive.
Besides releases, which are stable versions of Lynx which come out once or twice a year and can be obtained from the release site, there are development versions, which are experimental -- though usually stable enough to use -- and appear every few weeks, depending on current activity. You can find the latest development version of Lynx by visiting the development site.
If you are interested in joining the Lynx mailing list, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the following request in the body of your message:
subscribe lynx-dev (address)
where your e-address is optional if it can be obtained correctly from the mail headers of your subscription request. You will need to answer one follow-up question to confirm you want to subscribe. Majordomo will then enroll you and send all messages which you address to email@example.com to all subscribers; you will also receive all messages sent by other subscribers.
NOTE: Subject headers are ignored when (un)subscribing.
To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the following request in the body of your message:
unsubscribe lynx-dev (address)
where your e-address is optional if it can be obtained correctly from the mail headers of your subscription request.
Anyone may ask a question or offer a comment by sending e-mail to the list. Since all subscribers are volunteers, you depend on their goodwill and will be more likely to get a response if you give the e-mail a meaningful `Subject' and include details of your version of Lynx, hardware and software. You can check the Archive to find any responses.
Messages from non-subscribers are not immediately distributed to avoid spam. Usually, if your message appears genuine, it will be retrieved from the pile headed for the wastebasket within a day or so and distributed to the list. For best results, subscribe as described above.
If you simply want to contribute e-mail to the list without receiving the sometimes heavy discussion as well, you can subscribe to lynx-dev-contrib instead. E-mail from the address you subscribe will be recognized as from a subscriber and automatically distributed to the list, but no e-mail will be sent from the list to you. If you have multiple accounts from which you want to post to the list, subscribe one of them to lynx-dev to receive the list mail and the others to lynx-dev-contrib.
To subscribe to lynx-dev-contrib, send e-mail to email@example.com with only the following request in the body of your message:
subscribe lynx-dev-contrib (address)
To receive a brief description of majordomo commands, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the following request in the body of your message:
You will receive by return e-mail a list of commands. Further information is available from the majordomo website.
If you have problems with majordomo not responding to requests, send e-mail to the list owner: email@example.com. PLEASE DO NOT send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, where they would be distributed to everyone on the list, causing irritation by cluttering their mailboxes.
Messages posted to lynx-dev are archived in html format so that you can view them using Lynx: go to the HTML Archive.