FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

updated 13 March 2016

Home page: www.hippos.com
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What is The Hippolotofus?
How do I join The Hippolotofus?
What is a Mailing List?
What is the purpose of our Mailing List?
How do I join the mailing list?

What should I do when I join?
How often should I email the group?
What are attachments?
What are the different "Delivery Options" for?
Is there any way to see old messages?
History of The Hippolotofus and the Mailing List
Stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else

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Guidelines to posting emails to the group

What is The Hippolotofus?
We are a fun loving group of hippo lovers & collectors from around the world. We meet in a mailing list, online at YahooGroups. We currently have over 1000 members/.

We originally "met" on a hippos mailing list at OneList.com (which soon became egroups.com, which was then purchased by Yahoo), in early 1999. We came together because of our common interest in hippos. As we have grown, our activities have expanded to include an annual Reunion, group T-shirt projects, numerous regional "mini-meets", the Hippo Holiday Exchange, hippo projects and more.

Who are The Hippolotofus?
There are over 1250 of us. We range in age from 5 to 95. We live in all parts of the globe, and speak many languages. You must speak some English to participate in our list, but English is not the native language for many of our members. Some have been collecting for years, and have thousands of hippos. Others may have just started, and only have a few. We are legal assistants, work-at-home moms, business people, students, retired people, engineers...we are hippo lovers!


How do I join The Hippolotofus?
Basically, when you join the mailing list, you have become a member of The Hippolotofus. There is no charge to join the mailing list and The Hippolotofus.


What is a Mailing List?
A mailing list consists of people who have subscribed to an online email service. This is a group of friendly people who share a common interest, in this case, their love of hippos. Once you've subscribed and you send emails to the list, you are in effect posting messages to the entire group. As a member, you can set your mail preferences to a) receive each individual mail that gets posted, b) to receive many emails in one email per day--in digest form, or c) don't receive any emails--only view the email on the Website.


What is the purpose of our Mailing List?
The purpose of this list is to provide an open forum for the posting and discussion of anything relating to hippos (imagine that!).  Have a new hippo you want to share with us? Just visit the zoo, and want to post pictures of your hippos adventures? Or just looking for other hippo-maniacs to talk to? The mailing list is a great place to look for these kinds of things. Also, our Reunions  and get-togethers are planned through the mailing list. And many projects devoted to helping hippos in the wild are discussed.

It's thru the mailing list that we plan activities. We've been organizing Reunions since 1999, and are planning one for this year. We also help each other find hippos, and share discoveries.

Go ahead and give it a try...it's easy to unsubscribe if you don't like it. :-)


How do I join the Hippos Mailing List?
To join the list (become a member), simply click the link below:

Click to subscribe to hippos

You can choose to receive individual email messages for each message someone posts to the list, or you can choose to receive a "digest" once a day that contains all of the messages that were posted on the previous day, or you can choose to not receive any email and just read the messages via a web page. For more information on these delivery options, see the section below.

To send (submit) messages to the list, members just email the message to hippos@yahoogroups.com.
To access the mailing list (and its other features) via the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hippos

You MUST have first JOINED the mailing list before you can submit messages yourself. 


What should I do when I join?
You may want to "listen" for a day or two, to get familiar with the group and to see what types of messages get sent around. Once you feel comfortable, it's time to send your introductory email to the group. 

When sending your first email to the group, remember to keep it brief. The members will read it and will welcome you into the group. In your email, you may want to say hello to the group, tell us where you're from, how long you've been collecting hippos, how many you have, and so on. Feel free to tell us about your family, or what you do, or how you got started... just about anything you want to share. We love to hear from everyone! 

We do ask that you post your introduction within the first week of joining. As you will read below, itís not necessary that you post messages all the time, but that first introductory email is important. Itís our only chance to know who our fellow members are, and at least get to know you a little bit.

You may find it a little confusing at first because everyone knows each other and you don't, or there may be references made to past events that you don't know about. Don't worry; that's natural when you first join a group. Rest assured that within a short period of time, you will feel right at home! We love new members; after all, we were all new once!


How often should I email the group?
As often as you like! It's not necessary that you participate extensively in the mailing list, or in every conversation. Some people send lots of email every day; others may only send 1 or 2 a week. Others hardly ever write--just when they have something special to say.

Probably the best guide is, if you feel you have something useful to contribute, then please do. There are no hard and fast rules; whatever you are comfortable with.


What are attachments?
Attachments are pictures (or files) that have been "attached" to an email you send the group. If you are unsure how to send them, or view them, just ask the group. We're happy to help!

You must receive the emails individually to see the attachments. If you are on "digest" mode, the attachments are stripped off. And while the Yahoo message archives store our old emails, they do not store attachments.


What are the different "Delivery Options" for?
This is another tool from YahooGroups. You must choose between one of three methods for receiving hippos email:

Individual Emails This means the group messages are delivered one at a time to your email inbox. This is the best option if you want to keep up on the latest posts immediately. Email attachments, if any, will also be sent directly to you. Messages typically show up anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours after they are sent, depending on various factors.

Daily Digest Messages are delivered in batches of 25 or daily, whichever comes sooner. In other words, instead of sending each email out one at a time, YahooGroups saves them up, and sends one big email, with 25 messages within it. This is the best option if you want to receive fewer mail messages and don't need up-to-the minute posts in your inbox. Attachments are not available in digests.

No Mail / Web Only This option puts email message delivery on hold, for example while you are on vacation. You still remain a member of our group, but you donít receive any email directly. To read any emails, you go to the message archives at the YahooGroups Web site.

To set any of these options, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/mygroups  and click on Edit Delivery Options. If you are a member of more than one group, YahooGroups allows you to set each group individually. You can change these options at any time, as often as you like. This is also where you can unsubscribe from this group, if you want.


Is there any way to see old messages?
Yes, every email from day one is stored at the YahooGroups website. Simply go to 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hippos/messages to read them. You must be a member to view archived messages.
  Update:  Yahoo has started to delete the oldest emails in the archives. It now appears that about 4-5 years worth of emails are kept for you to peruse.


History of The Hippolotofus and the Mailing List
Our group was started by Ann Warrick of the UK, in March 1999. We were originally on the mailing lists at OneList. They were acquired by eGroups in 2000, which was then acquired by Yahoo in early 2001. So we are now YahooGroups. We started small, with less than 50 members that first year. As word spread, more & more people joined. Most people's initial reaction was something like, "I had no idea there were other hippo lovers out there!" In July of that first year (1999), we gave ourselves a name. The Hippolotofus began (thanks to Margaret McCormack for the winning name).

We put together a couple of projects that first year, including Hippo Mouse Pads (thank you Adelaide!) and T-shirts (thank you Cathy!). As the group increased in size, we decided to hold our first convention, which we called The Hippollennium. We held it in San Diego in May 2000, and had over 30 members there! We held a second convention (now called Reunions) in Orlando in October 2001, and have continued to hold reunions annually since.

We continue to grow, with over 1000 members! We still put together the occasional project--Hippo CDs, t-shirts, buttons and more. We even have special pewter hippos commissioned for each Reunion, from Ricker.

Regional gatherings between Hippolotofus members have taken place in the past, and still continue to happen. It seems no hippo lover can go anywhere in the world without wanting to meet other group members who may live there. While many of our members live in the US, we are all over the world. There are many members from the UK, and several in Sweden, France, Mexico, Australia, Japan and more.

Some of us from the first Hippollennium Convention in San Diego, May 2000


Stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else

Selling items to each other
Contributors to this FAQ page
Contact info

Selling items to each other
In the spirit of sharing hippo finds, be sure to let the group know if and when you've spotted a hippo, and most importantly, tell them WHERE you've spotted it. This way, individuals have the opportunity of going out and buying the hippo and thus save on shipping charges. Obviously, if the hippo find is not readily available in well known stores or Websites, offering to get these hippos for members is great.

Also, once the offer has been made, and people have replied, take it private b/c. No one wants to read emails full of "what's your address", "what colors do you have left", "have you shipped it yet", etc.


Contributors to this FAQ page
Thanks to the following people. Without their contributions, thoughts and ideas, this page would not exist:

Stuart Feldman
Adelaide Prentice

Patti Riley
Debbie Grove
Cindy Dodds
Alice Egoyan
Jill O'Dwyer
Rebecca Cheek
Sue Shefman
Ramon Valencia
Holly Freitas
Lee Ann Orme
Raul Trejo
Nicole Marrane
Dana Clark


Contact Info
If you have ANY problems related to our group or the mailing list,  *please* do not post them to the list.
Please send email to:   stuart@hippos.com    

Hippos group owner: Ann Warrick
Group Moderator: Stuart Feldman