Polly Ranch Google Group
Polly Ranch has a Google Group to facilitate information sharing among the members. To join the Google Group, you'll need to request to be added (the Polly Ranch Communications Committee manages the Group).
You can do more with the Google Group if you have a Google login, but it's ok if you don't have one and don't want one -- you can still use the Google Group as just an email resource (like a listserve). Here are the emails you'll need to send a message to for that:
To subscribe: email@example.com
PLEASE include your name and address in the subject of the email so the Communications Committee can properly identify you as a PRHOA member (the identities behind many email addresses aren't obvious)
To contact the administrators (Communications Committee): firstname.lastname@example.org
To send a message to the members as a new conversation: email@example.com
To reply to a message and contribute to an existing conversation: just reply to the email
To unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend if you intend to use the Google Group purely via email that you get set up to receive each individual email that is sent out (doing a digest or abridged digest would complicate your replies). Make sure you send the subscribe request from the email you want to sign up with. And if you're already in the Group but want to change how you are set up (single emails vs digest), just send an email to the administrators at the address above and we'll do our best to help you out.
Only Google Group members can send messages to the group. Messages are moderated to avoid spam and ensure appropriate use, so it might be a little while before your requested sendout gets reviewed/approved by the Communications Committee and released to the members.
If you have a Google login and want to use the Google Group web interface, you can do a lot of things there. You can request to be added to the Google Group, change your email preferences (every email, daily digest, abridged digest), read conversations, and reply to or create new conversations.
If you receive a message and want to reply, there are a few ways to make that happen.
If you are set up to receive every email, you can just reply to the email -- it will be recognized as belonging to the conversation of the original email, will go into the queue for review/approval, and eventually be sent to the membership under the same subject as the original email.
If you are set up for digest or abridged mode, you'll need to click on the conversation name in the email -- that will take you to the web interface for the Google Group (you might have to log in), where you can click to reply to the conversation, enter your desired content, hit send, and your info will go into the queue for review/approval, and eventually be sent to the membership under the same subject as the original email.
NOTE: If you simply reply to a digest or abridged email, Google won't know which topic in that email you want to reply to so it will just start a new conversation with the subject line of your digest/abridged email (it won't be associated with the conversation you are addressing). Please don't do this -- it makes things very messy and hard to follow.
What are digest or abridged emails?
Digest: This mode appends all emails into a single daily digest for your convenience -- all email content is shown (up to something like 25 emails, which should be plenty for Polly Ranch in a day), but just in a single email.
Abridged: This mode appends all emails into a single daily digest for your convenience, but it includes just a snippet of the original email content. You can click on the link for any individual conversation shown to get to the full content via the Google Group web interface (you might have to log in).
You can always just go to the Google Group web interface to reply to a conversation or start a new one (you might have to log in). In the web interface, you have the option to reply to all (send to all the members), or reply to author only (send just to the person who wrote the message you're replying to).
To create a new conversation, you can either go to the Google Group web interface and click on "new conversation" (you might have to log in) or you can simply send an email to the Google Group at email@example.com.
Still need help figuring out how to get set up for and use the Google Group forum? Just ask the Communications Committee by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.