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Listserver problems - workaround

Claus Sternberg cs at im.dtu.dk
Fri Feb 14 06:58:02 EST 1997


Dear Julian, 

I couldn't agree more. I have had some conversation with the bionet staff
concerning this matter and a solution is coming soon. I will post a public
announcement on this matter as soon as the software has been fixed. to be
specific, the newsgroup was supposed to be set up in a way that if you
choose follow-up (in a newsreader) or reply-to-all (in a mail program) you
would post to both the group and the originator. However, due to a
misconfiguration (which seems to have existed for years) doing the above
results in the reply being sent to bionet.announce instead of the group.

I hope to see this fixed in a few days and I will then post a mini-FAQ with
relevant details.

Meanwhile, I will encourage everyone posting to this news group to check
and double-check that your posts go to the newsgroup as well as to the
originator. (to be sure: send your submissions to biofilms at net.bio.net)

Best regards,
Claus

PS. the problem only exists on the UK (daresbury) server. US subscribers
should be able to follow-up in the correct way (ie as described above).

PPS. Julian, if you use a news reader rather than e-mail for following the
biofilms group discussions, you must ask your local news admin to prolong
the holding times for this group if they appear to short (In newscape news
see the news-server name in the upper left panel (the open folder icon),
then write e-mail to news@"what-ever-is-the-news-server").

PPPS this is sent with CC: to the bionet staff.

>Dear Claus,
>
>
>I too am rather fed up with newsgroup as far as access via Netscape is
>concerned. Where is everybody? I had a reply from Rick Veek to my latest
>posting but it doesn't appear on the net.There seems very little
>activity in the group. I guess people (like me) are getting bored with
>all the responses going directly to people and not appearing on the
>net.Can we not tell people to use the group Directly via Netscape and
>reply TO THE group?? NOT replying to the email as this, as you have
>noted defaults to the sender. All very boring. Could you do a group
>email to jerk some sense into them all???
>
>Also postings ought to stay up longer, at least until things gets more
>lively!
>
>Julian


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