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Re: Where is everybody?

J. Griffin Crump wrote:
> Hello all -- It's 7 p.m. on Saturday and my mail brings only three
> iris-l postings -- two from yesterday and one from today -- a Bill Mull
> message. Have we really been that quiet, or has my server done away with
> my iris-l mail?

Wenham wrote:
> Is there a problem with the Iris list or perhaps my connection to it?  The
> last digest I received was #793 with 3 messages. <snip>

Patricia D, Brooks wrote:
> No mail on weekends again.
> Pat Brooks

Mark Thornsburg wrote:
> >
> I posted this Saturday, but it wasn't received by the list, so I'm posting
> it again...
> > Hi everyone. <snip>

Hello the List,

We all get to wondering occasionally whether the list is still working
correctly or not. But you know, there are better ways to test whether
the list is operating, or that your connection is good, than sending
*more* messages to the list. 

After all if the list is working and you send a message that says "Is
the list working?", it looks a little silly. If the list isn't working,
then sending messages to the list that say "The list isn't working!" or
resending messages that aren't showing up in your in box doesn't do any
good at the time (because nobody receives it) and just means more mail
for everyone when the list comes back up again.

Here are a couple of things that you can do when you suspect something
is wrong that will have no impact on anyone but you.

1. Send *yourself* a test message. That will tell you that your mail
service is ok. (Of course if you are receiving mail other than iris-l
mail then you know this already)

2. Send a "Review Iris-L" message to listserv@rt66.com - If you don't
get anything back, then you know the listserver is down. All you can do
is wait.

If you get a response to the Review message, then check to see if your
address is still on the list. 

If it is, then you know that either: no one is posting to the list
(unlikely) *OR* the list is temporarily down, and there is nothing you
can do except sweat it out till it comes up again and you can once again
get your iris-l mail "fix." 

Hold off posting anything until you see mail arriving again, and then
check to see if any posts you previously made didn't make it to the list
before you start resending them.

If you really want to do something you could contact rt66 support at:


(888)768-8366 or (505)344-1423 

but that is probably better left to Tom Little, the list owner. He
probably knows about the problem and is getting it taken care of anyway.

Sometimes the electrons just get to spinning in the wrong direction...

John                     | "There be dragons here"
                         |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
                         |  to indicate the edge of the known world.

John Jones, jijones@ix.netcom.com
Fremont CA, USDA zone 8/9 (coastal, bay) 
Max high 95F/35C, Min Low 28F/-2C average 10 days each
Heavy clay base for my raised beds.

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