[A8] Re: [200q20v] ADMIN: we're back

Chuck Pierce cpcycle at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 20 05:42:15 EST 2003

  Dan and Brett

Thanks for the major effort to upgrade and improve the system.
I sort of missed watching  Bernie and Peter have their discussions / 
debates ( note they are already back at it in the MPG message )

Thanks again for the all the work

Chuck Pierce
91 200tq 20v Avant

Brett Dikeman wrote:

> Welcome back everyone- it's been too long.  Dan switched DNS over and 
> we moved everyone's subscriptions as best we could to the new box.
> First off- apologies if you were in digest mode and got switched to 
> regular.  You'll obviously want to fix that quickly, before volume 
> picks up again- the welcome email you got should have a URL to your 
> prefs page- if you didn't get such an email, then bop over to 
> http://www.audifans.com/mailman/listinfo/[list name goes here]/ and 
> follow the directions.  Don't forget to try out MIME digest mode- some 
> mail clients handle it very nicely, just as if it were a mini-mailbox. 
> Which is nifty.
> We're still fixing things- for example, S-car-list has a new list 
> admin(gotta fix that!:-), a lot of lists don't have descriptions, are 
> sporting those bloody annoying [listname] subject prefixes, etc.  I'm 
> spending tonight on cleanup patrol.
> Also- archives are hosed.  Big time.  Long story, sad ending.  We have 
> backups but the tape drive isn't doing a very good job of reading 
> them- if you have a big heart, work for a data recovery company or 
> have access to a DDS3 drive in excellent condition mechanism-wise that 
> you can lend us for a bit, please drop Dan a line(dans at audifans.com).  
> Well, not right this second, because his mail's not working on the new 
> box yet we think <grin>.
> Oh, and the marketplace needs to be moved I think- same for the 
> registry.  Mark's been talking about something new+sparkly, we'll see 
> what he's got(patience, grasshopper.)
> What's new:
> -faster server.
> -exciting new Mailman interface features.  Check out your preferences 
> page.  Honest.  Really.  Not make-your-night kinda stuff, but nice 
> regardless.  Its kinda, 'make your hour' stuff.
> -faster server.
> -better bounce detection and simpler rules for auto-removal(list 
> admins can now tell if you unsubbed, or the system unsubbed you, 
> etc).  If you bounce for more than 5 days, you get unsubbed 
> automatically, thems the breaks.  Just join up when you've sorted out 
> your email :-).  The system now also employs some wonderfully fancy 
> magic to nearly guarantee Mailman will be able to figure out bounce 
> messages, which will be a godsend for us list admins- there are some 
> horribly broken, evil mail servers out there :-)
> -did I mention, faster server?  As in, 100mhz sparc processor to 3ghz 
> P4?  As in, 5x the ram?  Etc.  Oh, and we won't be running out of disk 
> space any time soon.
> -delegation of moderation.  Listadmins can now set a separate 
> moderate-only password and recruit people to help approve/process 
> moderation items(I will be doing this for 200q20v, that's for sure!)
> -oh yeah.  Faster server.  Watch those mailman UI pages load at 
> lightning speed, baby!
> Dan's off chasing a fuzzy yellow ball with a frying pan, but I'm 
> cleaning up stuff as I run across it.  List admins, please drop Dan or 
> I a line, need to arrange list passwords for you, help you fix your 
> options(I picked what I think are sensible defaults, and will correct 
> what I notice tonight etc.), help you cope with all the extra options, 
> etc.
> If you come across a problem, please hold back until tomorrow 
> afternoon so we can get a chance to sort things out.  Problems that 
> still exist after that are fair game to harass us about...
> Brett

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