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What software drives the search engine?
What about the software to generate the actual list archives?
    That's done through a package called MHonArc, by Earl Hood. It's available from http://www.mhonarc.org/. The messages are put into MHonArc by various procmail filters.
Why does it take so long for searches involving phrases or pairs of words only separated by spaces?
    This is due to a bug/feature in glimpse. To speed up searches, the script only checks the glimpse index for matches instead of checking the files themselves. However, a quick index search doesn't offer support for phrase checking it automatically inserts an AND between single words. In a case like this, the number of matches can be highly skewed. To compensate, the script does a search on the individual files in these special cases, taking significantly more time.
Do you monitor the content of various lists in any way?
    Other than reading our favorites, no. Checking each list for offensive material, copyright violations, etc. would be much too time-consuming. We provide a service which acts as a publishing medium, but we don't editorialize in any way.
How often are the archives and search database updated?
    Messages are automatically entered into the archives as soon as they are received. Sometime within 24 hours of their receipt messages will be automatically added to the search database.
I don't want messages sent to my gardening mailing list to be visible!
    The maintainers of the available list archives feel that this service is beneficial and have given us permission. In many cases membership to a list is contingent upon the allowance of publically available archives, but there are two ways to prevent your messages from being made available through this service:

  • 'X-no-archive: yes' header

      If the headers of your messages include a 'X-no-archive: yes' header

  • 'no archive' at tail of message

      The last line of any email message includes the word pair 'no archive' separated by a single space.

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