scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Problems getting heard on Scouts-L
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Wed Aug 23 2000 - 23:36:12 CDT
I agree with everything that Marc has stated here...I'm piggybacking onto
Marc's posting to add a little more information:
Marc wrote in part:
First, it's sort of an automated moderated list. That is, all messages to
>the list from folks on un-moderated status are sent through to the whole
>list without delay, until the 50-message/day limit is reached. Occasionally
>the moderator, Jon, will monitor some of the posts to see if any of the
>guidelines are being broken, at which time he'll step in and deal with the
>"violation" however he pleases, depending on the violation.
The version of the Listserver software is kinda old; Jon is using a version
which needs to be upgraded, but it's tied to the University where he works
>However, I believe those occasions are becoming less occasional because
>Jon's got this weird thing, called a "real job", which is taking much of his
Actually, Jon's responsibilities has tripled since he first took on the job
of being our listowner. He is responsible for the total network of the
University, which now includes a lot of desktop and laptop support as well
as other stuff in connection. I'm personally awed at the amount of time
he's able to provide to all of us on a daily basis!
> He did enlist some help from Kyna, who was the actual person who
>helped me out at that time, but her time is also limited. Also, this is
>vacation time, so that could also affect personal response time.
Don't forget that Carol's out there too...
>I don't know how many list members there are now, but I wouldn't be
>surprised if it numbered over a thousand.
Several thousand, Marc. Close to three thousand...
>If only 10% had some problem
>requiring Jon's assistance, that would still be over 100 problems to deal
>with. Since this list is totally run in volunteer mode, I think a little
>patience and understanding is in order.
Agreed; however, this person (who wrote to me separately at Bob Lazell's
and my wife's recommendation) has had this problem for well over two
months. It's very frustrating when your postings don't get to the
list. So Marc's recommendation here, is very appropriate:
>So if you are experiencing the same problem as the original poster, maybe
>you could find some kind soul to forward your message until things get
The software is set up to "see" HTML or text which is NOT "plain
text". "Plain text" works the best all the way around because different
servers don't have to interpret the HTML text or other types of text other
than the standard 'plain text'.
Hope that this all helps out!
Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, VA