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Re: Explantion related to testing

On Thu, 13 Jan 2000 17:58:56 -0500, Jay Smith <jay@JaySmith.com> wrote:

>Earlier today I sent a test mailing to both lists.  My intent was to
>make sure that there was activity on the omsys list and to attempt to
>see the difference in time stamping.
>Well.... Guess what!  The FrameUsers.com new listserv software
>automatically rejects tests.  In subsequent correspondence, Brad
>explained that to me and also indicated that he has amplified/clarified
>the information contained in the automatic response regarding such

Wow.  Does it reject anything with the word "test" in the subject?
That seems an awfully antisocial thing to do to a technical list...
We reject certain phrases used only by porn spammers, but that's it.

>So, thanks to those that responded to me regarding this test.  I still
>don't have a comparison, but that's life.

FWIW, after your earlier note, I started paying attention to time of
post vs. time of arrival.  It's been quite consistent all day.  The
FrameUsers posts take an hour; the Omsys ones take a minute.  Literally.
If you view headers, the time on the topmost Received header gives the
time of delivery by SMTP to your own POP mail server, so comparing that
with the time stamp in the Date header (origination time) will tell you
the latency on the messages.

Why does this matter?  Because the shorter the latency, the quicker the
help to the inquirer, and the fewer the wasted messages repeating the
same answer before the earlier answers start appearing.  Most technical
lists I'm on personally, and I'm on many, have about a five-minute delay;
anything longer would draw a firestorm of protests from busy programmers.
We value our time, and don't want it thrown away by poor tools (or poorly
configured mail systems).

-- Jeremy H. Griffith, at Omni Systems Inc.
   (jeremy@omsys.com)     http://www.omsys.com/
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