English Ceilidh (ECeilidh)


Part 1: Joining the list and other technical issues
Part 2: FAQ about EC culture, etc.

Part 1: Joining the list and other technical issues

To stop getting eceilidh messages, send blank mail to eceilidh-leave@netservs.com.You must do this from the address that eceilidh has for you To talk in eceilidh, send to eceilideceilidh@netservs.com You must do this from the address that eceilidh has for you. If you want to know the address eceilidh has for you, look at the X-ListMember header in any of the list messages. Anyone may join eceilidh by sending blank mail to eceilidh-join@netservs.com

Q: Eceilidh is rejecting my posts but I'm still receiving other people's. Why?

You are registered on eceilidh under one address and are now sending on another. Your old address still works for receiving. EG: You registered as
lists@fredsplace.freeserve.co.uk (and that's where your copy of eceilidh gets delivered) but you've started sending as fred@fredsplace.freeserve.co.uk. Fix: Either correct your email software or change you address as known to eceilidh. See below.

Q: I'm changing my email address. How do I fix that with eceilidh?

Easy Method

Another way

If you start getting two copies of everything

Part 2: FAQ about EC culture, etc.

Q: What's this stuff about the "Listmeister"?

A: This is a reference to Steve who runs this site and the Forum. He has wide interests but believes that a good forum reflects a much narrower range of subjects and keeps everything firmly "on topic". It is not recorded who first used the term but it gets used occasionally - sometimes affectionately and sometimes in exasperation.

Q: Why do people write "M*rr*s for Morris?

A: It's an in-joke. The Forum.has a narrow focus on English Ceilidh and posters are asked "not assume that we must also be interested in folk song, Bulgarian dance, morris dancing, contras, etc." Some people interpret this as a ban on words such as "Morris".

Q: What is the "EC is (Un)Friendly" Argument?

A: This is a discussion that comes up on ECeilidh every few months. Some people claim that cliques and "EC experts" are being nasty to newcomers. Other people claim that EC is just about the friendliest and most accessible social dance form in the UK. The main points of the argument are as follows:

* The "Unfriendly" Argument (To be filled in when someone sends me some suitable text)

* The "Friendly" Argument

You know nothing about dance but you go to the Saturday night dance at a major festival with a top band playing. There is someone describing each dance before it starts and getting everybody to walk it through. If you have difficulty, it's quite likely that people around you will offer friendly assistance. Even if you ignore the person giving instructions and hope to absorb everything by osmosis they'll still be fairly friendly. You, Sir or Madam, are at an English Ceilidh.

If the description above doesn't sound friendly enough, you should on no account try a Fest Noz., a Cajun Bal, a Salsa, a Scandi or any other fine social dance event. Show up at one of those on a Saturday night and expect instruction and tolerance and you will be disappointed. To do those, you are expected to attend a few "workshops" first. Despite this appalling, elitist attitude, most of these dance forms flourish.

Q: How much does a ceilidh cost?

A: About 8-12. Expect to pay more at festivals if you don't have a season ticket for the whole festival. You can pay less at events with less well-known bands and/or aimed at students