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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) SoloSez®?

Where can I find some general rules and guidelines about SoloSez®?

I'm being swamped by the volume of SoloSez® mail. How can I deal with it?

Who (or what) is COTE (and now COTEF)?

Where are the archives?

What about AVVO, or LegalMatch, or the best online fax service?

Where I can find documents uploaded by members?

What does SWMBO mean?

Does it violate netiquette if I make a "TEST" post?

I'm not receiving any messages. Is the site down?

What does the list think of attorney referral services?

Okay, I get COTE, but what's MOTH?

What's a GSOT, and will it cut my client's estate tax?

What are those bracketed things like [WC] in the subject lines of posts?

Why don't my own SoloSez® posts show up in my inbox?

What does "AKL" mean?

What's the deal with Jim Tyre?

There is an error on this list, or I think something should be added.


Q: How can I subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) SoloSez®?

Right here: SoloSez® Subscribe/Unsubscribe.

Q: Where can I find some general rules and guidelines about SoloSez®?

The SoloSez® home page can be found here (there is also a link at the upper right of this page). The main list of rules and guidelines is called the "Administrivia."

Q: I'm being swamped by the volume of SoloSez® mail. How can I deal with it?

There are several ways to handle this.
1. You can elect to only get the daily digest version, but then you get one email with hundreds of emails embedded in it.
2. Set up a separate Gmail account just for SoloSez® and subscribe to the list using that email address. Gmail will "thread" the conversations for you and then let you delete the entire thread with one click. So if the topic "Which way should the toilet paper go on the roll" doesn't interest you, you can delete it and the 50 replies from people it did interest in one click. (Other e-mail clients, like Mozilla Thunderbird, will thread conversations too.)
3. Set up a rule in your e-mail program that automatically routes mail from solosez@mail.americanbar.org to a separate folder.

Q: Who (or what) is COTE (and now COTEF)?

COTE stands for "Creature Of The Ether," which refers to  the current list moderator: jennifer rose (who distrusts capitalization and may be reached at jjrose ("at symbol") jjrose.com). Incur the wrath of COTE at your peril. As of 2012, COTEF stands for "Creature of the Ether's Flunky," which would be Scott Barer, deputized by COTE to help monitor the list.

Q: Where are the archives?

They are at http://mail.abanet.org/archives/solosez.html. You will have to log in with your e-mail address and Listserv password to view them. Older archives, in PDF format, have been placed on this Website at http://solosezfaq.com/archives.

Q: What about AVVO, or LegalMatch, or the best online fax service?

Don't get us started on AVVO; we will be arguing for days. Some love it, some hate it. We'll take the Fifth on LegalMatch. And there are multiple recommendations for the best online fax service. So we suggest you check the SoloSez® Archives for this and similar common discussions (see above answer).

Q: Where I can find documents uploaded by SoloSez® members?

They were at MyDocsOnline and then NetDocuments for many years, but they are now at a Google Docs page set up by Seth Combs: https://tinyurl.com/solosezdocs. There's a link to it at the above right, too. Please do not abuse the site, or delete anything.

Q: What does SWMBO mean?

It stands for She Who Must Be Obeyed, and is a reference to what Rumpole (of the Bailey) called his wife. Sometimes female lawyers refer to HWMBI (He Who Must Be Ignored), but that is not seen as frequently.

Q: Does it violate netiquette if I make a "TEST" post?

"Netiquette" is, of course, etiquette for the Internet. Sometimes people send posts that just say "testing," since they do not know if their e-mail is working. It's okay if you don't go overboard.

Q: I'm not receiving any messages. Is the site down?

It does happen sometimes. Try not to panic.

Q: What does the list think of attorney referral services?

Although opinions differ on things like Avvo and what the best word processor / practice management software is, folks on the list have consistently reported no results from signing up with attorney referral services. They are not a good way to market your practice.

Q: Okay, I get COTE, but what's MOTH?

A frequent contributor to the list is one Marilou Auer, a legal secretary who has regaled the group with stories of escapades with her beloved rodent companions. She has therefore become known as MOTH, or Marilou Of The Hamsters.

Q: What's a GSOT, and will it cut my client's estate tax?

GSOT stands for Great State Of Texas, and (unlike, say, a GRAT or a CRUT) it will not help with estate taxes. It will save your client state income taxes, since we do not have them here.

Q: What are those bracketed things like [WC] in the subject lines of posts?

They indicate the topic, to help people skim the list more quickly and easily, and only read what they want to:
[OT] - Off-Topic (something different than what we were talking about before on this thread)
[WC] - "Water Cooler" (non-law related) chat
[CT] - Connecticut (substitute your state postal code - for state-specific issues)
[BK] - BanKruptcy
[FOOD] - Cooking, eating, shopping, gifting
[HUMOR] - Does it need explaining?
[TECH] - Technology questions, reviews, and rants

Q: Why don't my own SoloSez® posts show up in my inbox?

For one of two reasons. First, your SoloSez® list settings (reachable at http://mail.americanbar.org/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=SOLOSEZ) may not have the "Receive copy of own postings" option checked. Second, if you are using GMail, it will not display your own posting unless it gets a reply.

Q: What does "AKL" mean?

AKL stands for the "All-Knowing List." If we weren't lawyers, all questions, philosophical and practical, could be answered easily by the accumulated expertise of SoloSez®. As it is, we will just argue about them endlessly.

Q: What's the deal with Jim Tyre?

James S. Tyre was Special Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation who passed away on March 3, 2020. He was a tireless champion of individual rights and a frequent contributor to Solosez. A tribute to him may be found here: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/rip-eff-special-counsel-jim-tyre. We miss him.

Q: There is an error on this list, or I think something should be added.

Contact the FAQ administrator, who can be reached at mike ("at" symbol) koeneckelaw.com.

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Last Updated: October 19, 2020