Frequently Asked Questions
Sunday, March 3, 2024
1. What is the GCFL?
2. How much does the GCFL service cost?
3. What do you send on the list?
4. How do I join/quit GCFL?
5. I have a great joke! How do I send it to GCFL?
6. Is my email address safe with you?
7. How do I change the email address that GCFL send funnies to?
8. Can I reprint GCFL jokes?
9. How does GCFL work?
10. I subscribed, but I'm not getting any email from the list. Why?
11. How can I make sure my SPAM blocker does not block GCFL mailings?
12. Where do the jokes come from?
13. What about credits and copyright?
14. What if I'm offended by a joke?
15. Does GCFL have a mailing address?
16. Who started the GCFL and why?
17. I'm feeling generous. How do I send a donation?
18. I sent in a joke but they haven't been sent out. Why?
|1. What is the GCFL?
|The Good, Clean Funnies List (GCFL) is a moderated distribution list
made available free from any membership fees to the international
community. This FAQ describes GCFL and what it's about to avoid any
misunderstandings. Please store it for future reference. A copy of
this FAQ can be received by sending an email to email@example.com
with "info" in the subject (without the quotes). Also, it is
available via the World Wide Web at http://www.gcfl.net.
|2. How much does the GCFL service cost?
|It's FREE! No obligation. Not even any advertisments in the
So how do we get money? On occation GCFL may ask for donations from
it's members, but they are NOT required. If you decided to give
anything, it would only be out of the goodness of your heart.
|3. What do you send on the list?
|We send what we deem to be good, clean jokes or stories. By "good,"
we mean something that at least one of our staff finds funny. This
does not mean that you will find it funny, as different members have
different senses of humor.
We define "clean" as something that is appropriate for sharing with
both sexes, family members and friends. No foul language. No foul
subject matter. We would be willing to tell it to someone that we
|7. How do I change the email address that GCFL send funnies to?
|A. The easiest way: Go to the GCFL mailing list page.
B. You have to removed your old address, and then join again with
your new address. This means that you need to send two
emails. The first one should be sent from the
address that you want to remove to gcfl-unsubscribe at
gcfl dot net.
The second one should be sent from the
address that you want to add to gcfl-unsubscribe at
gcfl dot net.
|9. How does GCFL work?
|The GCFL runs on dual AMD Opteron(tm) 246 processors running
The list server is a modified version of
This is an automated list server that
parses email received and if it determines that the message is a
subscribe/unsubscribe or other administrative message, it will act on
This machine also hosts GCFL's web page.
|10. I subscribed, but I'm not getting any email from the list. Why?
|Sometimes people terminate or lose their email accounts without
contacting lists they were subscribed to. Also some
addresses/domains have difficulty receiving e-mail. If, for one
reason or another, several messages (currently 5 in a row) are
bounced from an address, the list server will automatically remove
your name from the list. Because the server is having trouble
sending email to your address, you will probably not get a notice
when you are removed. You may re-subscribe when the problem is
corrected. If you are going on vacation you may want to unsubscribe
to avoid overflowing your mailbox, and then subscribing again when
|11. How can I make sure my SPAM blocker does not block GCFL mailings?
|Most SPAM blockers will not block email addresses that are
in your address book, so adding the email addresses below
to your address book may solve the prolem. Other SPAM
filters have a "whitelist" which is a list of addresses to
Check your trash or junk folder to see if it is getting
placed there. Most SPAM blockers move email to the trash
or a junk folder.
You can access your subscription options at the
You must enter your email address and password to get in
(click the 'remind' button to have your password emailed
to you if you don't remember it).
If none of this seems to help, it can't hurt to ask for
help from your ISP or local computer guru!
|12. Where do the jokes come from?
|GCFL does not write funnies. The funnies are received from other
members and other sources. If you have any good, clean jokes, feel
free to forward them to us at the submit address at the beginning of
this FAQ. If you don't want credit, or your address used, specify
"No credit." GCFL queues many funnies at a time, so your funny may
not get sent out right away, so don't feel bad if you don't see yours
soon after submitting. Anyone is welcome to submit anything they
desire for consideration for posting. However, submission of an item
does not guarantee posting.
|13. What about credits and copyright?
|We prefer to credit the original author, if known. We
usually use the term "Received from" to credit someone
sending a joke, and "via" if it is from a second party.
We use a person's name only, but never their email
address. If you are not the original author of a
copyright piece, it probably won't be used unless we have
copyright information to post. Please don't strip
copyright notices before submitting a funny. Everyone is
entitled to credit for their work. If you send an
original piece, make sure it's clear that you are the
|14. What if I'm offended by a joke?
|Sorry. We strive to please everyone, but it's not always possible.
You're welcome to send us your comments. If you continue to be
offended, it would probably be best to remove yourself from the list.
We do read subscribers email and try to reply within two weeks.
|16. Who started the GCFL and why?
|The GCFL was founded in December of 1996 by John Price, the list
maintainer. This list was started because after much searching, a
list could not be found that 1. only sent out _clean_ jokes, and 2.
that only sent one per day. Since then others have joined in the
effort to distribute good, clean funnies to people that can enjoy
them. This effort has materialized into what we call GCFL, and has
grown into thousands of members.
|18. I sent in a joke but they haven't been sent out. Why?
|GCFL receives lots of jokes everyday. We obviously can't
send every joke that we get since we only send five per
week. One day we might have a way for you to see the
statuc of a joke you submit, but until then, you'll have
to watch the list to see if it gets picked!