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General Information
     How much does this cost?
     How do I find a specific recipe?
     Who maintains all of this information?

Mailing List
     How does the mailing list work?
     How can I be sure my email address won't be distributed to a third party?
     Which list is right for me?
     How do I subscribe to a mailing list?
     How do I unsubscribe from a mailing list?
     Once I join am I obligated to contribute recipes?
     Once I join when will I start to receive recipes?
     How do I share my own recipes?
     General Etiquette for Contributing Recipes

Web Site
     Why does this web site keep changing?
     What is "My Recipe Box"?
     What is the "short collection" and how do I use it?
     What if I have a request for a certain recipe?
     There's a strange ingredient listed in one of the recipes. How do I find more information about it?
     I remember there were other sections to this site. What happened to them?
     I have a great suggestion on how to improve this site!


General Information
     How much does this cost?
Since its inception in 1995 International Recipes OnLine has never cost anything to any of its members. You may participate in any of what this site and the mailing lists have to offer without ever paying a dime (or yuan, euro, pence or whatever your currency happens to be).
     How do I find a specific recipe?
You can do this by either entering your search keywords into the box entitled "search" at the top left of your screen or you may click on the recipes tab at the top of this page.
     Who maintains all of this information?
The same person who's been maintaining this list and site since 1995 — Dave. Only one person is able to see all email addresses and all activity that goes through this site so there is never a need to be concerned about privacy. Since 1995, there has also never been an email address nor any other personal information revealed to a third party without the prior knowledge of the first party.
Mailing List
     How does the mailing list work?
The mailing lists can accurately be described as a culinary information exchange forum. Hey, I just came up with that! When you subscribe to a list, you are sent recipes that others in the group have contributed and with each list, you have the option of receiving your recipes in HTML-enhanced format. It is important to remember the four formats of International Recipes OnLine:

Foodchat — messages are sent once new posts are either created or replied to on the Food.Chat! discussion board of this site. Frequency of distribution will vary.

Archived — digest mailings are distributed every Tuesday. Due to limitations on variouis mail servers and mail readers, archives are generally limited to about six recipes each. If there are more, they will be pushed to the next week's archive.

Individual — mailings are generated once submitted recipes are approved for distribution. Each distribution consists of only one recipe.

Custom — members are sent individualized recipes based on their preferences. They can select keywords, courses, and region of origin as their criteria and are sent recipes on a schedule, not in real time.
     How can I be sure my email address won't be distributed to a third party?
Since 1995, no email address from the mailing list has ever been sold or revealed or a third party of any type. Privacy is extremely important and never compromised in this group. Also, full email addresses are not displayed with the recipes or search results on this site. Instead, your username (everything before the @ sign) is displayed which leaves your email identity private and prevents people (or spiders or other malicious entities) from picking up email addresses from this site and spamming them. Even if one is concerned about the displaying of his or her partial email address after contributing a recipe, I will provide an email alias on simpleinternet.com. For example, if your email address is actually famous_chef@msn.com, the handle that will be displayed on your recipes will be "famous_chef", as usual, but if someone chooses to contact you through this site the message will be sent to famous_chef-anon@simpleinternet.com instead of your actual email address. Then, upon your request, the message will automatically be forwarded to your proper address without the sender ever knowing. This way, you would be able to filter unwanted messages more easily.
     Which list is right for me?
This depends on a several things: how often you would like to receive recipes and if you are interested in receiving only certain types of recipes.

If you would rather have recipes sent in one large set, the archived list is the way to go. However, if you import the messages into MasterCook (or some other software package) and have problems accepting messages larger than 15K in size, you may prefer the individual list. On the other hand, if you only want specific types of recipes and/or would like your recipes to contain the keywords your specify, the custom recipes group may interest you.
     How do I subscribe to a mailing list?
Subscribing to any of the four lists is easy to do. Click on the subscription info link on the top left of your screen (you'd probably have to scroll up if you're reading this) or click here to subscribe. After subscribing to any of the lists, you will receive a confirmational email message. You must reply to the message accordingly in order for your membership to start. I realize that confirming may be annoying or inconvenient but I need to enforce some form of security. It would be terrible if people started subscribing others without their permission!
     How do I unsubscribe from a mailing list?
You may unsubscribe from any of International Recipes Online's mailing lists by visiting http://www.internationalrecipes.net/recipes/subsc.pl. You will notice a link at the top of the page to the unsubscribe information. Clicking on that will bring you to the bottom of the page, where you can enter your information. You will need to confirm your identity by clicking on a link provided in an email that will immediately follow your unsubscription request.
     Once I join am I obligated to contribute recipes?
Absolutely not, although it is appreciated. After all, this group would never work if no one were to contribute.
     Once I join when will I start to receive recipes?
The short answer is the following Sunday for the archived list and most likely no more than a couple of days for the individual list. For the custom recipes groups it depends mostly on how you entered your preferences. For example, if you set your preferences ("Personal Chef") to send you only Korean recipes containing head cheese, it may be quite a long time before you ever receive something.
     How do I share my own recipes?
You can do this by visiting http://www.internationalrecipes.net/recipes/post.pl and filling out the form.
     General Etiquette for Contributing Recipes
Contributing your recipes is always appreciated but because we want to involve as many readers as possible there are some things to keep in mind when either writing up your own recipes or forwarding recipes from another source:

  • Your complete email address is never displayed but if you would like to remain anonymous, let me know.
  • Provide proper capitalization in your recipe.
  • Signature files longer than four lines are automatically stripped — don't take offense, this is just a policy.
  • Please remember that these mailing lists are all English-language only (for now).
  • If you are submitting a recipe which was forwarded to you, please strip all forwarding marks (i.e. ">" signs at the start of each line) beforehand.
  • If you are submitting another person's or organization's recipe, please mention so.
  • When submitting a recipe by email, only send one per message unless the original recipe uses or references the subsequent recipe(s).
  • Whenever possible, include nutritional information with your recipe — especially those that are considered to be low-fat.
  • Remember, these guidelines are established only so that our group can involve as many people as possible.


    Web Site
         Why does this web site keep changing?
    I have put much effort into making this site as informative, interesting, and easy to use as possible. Recent changes have been made as a result of users' comments and criticisms. I had also observed from this site's log file stastical analysis that it was taking too many clicks to reach certain points of interest. In that regard, I enhanced the navigation. There are several other reasons I changed this site but most changes come directly from the constructive criticism and feedback I receive on a continuing basis.
         What is "My Recipe Box"?
    "My Recipe Box" is a way for you to bookmark recipes for later viewing without having to browse or perform a search for it. Once you have added the recipe to your box you will see it on the home page of International Recipes OnLine for easy navigation.
         What is the "short collection" and how do I use it?
    The "short collection" is a subset of search results where you, the user, have checked boxes next to the names of recipes you wish to view at a later time. For example, if I am searching for recipes containing chicken, I will be faced with many hundreds of search results. Instead of paging through several dozen screens of results, trying to remember the names of the recipes I might want to look at, I can build my short collection by checking the boxes of the recipes that look interesting to me and clicking on the short collection icon at the bottom of the screen when I am finished.
         What if I have a request for a certain recipe?
    The best way to have your request answered is by posting your request on Food.Chat.
         There's a strange ingredient listed in one of the recipes.
         How do I find more information about it?

    The fastest thing to do is use the interactive dictionary provided on this web site. To use it, type your strange ingredient or term in the text box in the upper-left of this page. Otherwise, you can send a message to the author of the recipe. This email address is provided to you at the top of each recipe however if the address doesn't work or if the message gets returned to you because of an error, try sending a message to me — I might know!
         I remember there were other sections to this site. What happened to them?
    Currently, other sections are in the process of being switched over to reflect this new appearance. While this is being performed, those sections will be unavailable.
         I have a great suggestion on how to improve this site!
    I'd love to hear it! Please let me know by email by clicking here.




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