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Thanks, GNU Mailman! [Jun. 1st, 2002|09:36 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I always know it's a new month when I check my mail and find subscription notifications from a billion GNU Mailman installations, complete with plain-text passwords.

My dad was just telling me that at work people intentionally subscribe majordomo lists to other majordomo lists, and worse, majordomo + their SMTP servers are dumb enough to loop messages infinitely. Heh.

I wrote a list server in high school ... it ruled. 5 points to the first person that can reply and remember its name. 5 extra points for its second name, and the reason we had to change it. :-)
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2002-06-01 01:16 pm (UTC)
Mailman is just completely braindamaged. It drives me crazy how braindamaged it is.
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[User Picture]From: youngoat
2002-06-01 09:55 am (UTC)

jmail?

Heh. Google knows (with the help of your brother).
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-06-01 10:03 am (UTC)

Re: jmail?

jmail was the second name. The story of why it was changed to that is more interesting. I'll see if any of the old AHS'98 homeys be readin'.
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[User Picture]From: olliejeff
2002-06-01 10:23 am (UTC)

Re: jmail?

junk-talk???
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[User Picture]From: mattrope
2002-06-01 12:11 pm (UTC)

Re: jmail?

Wasn't it originally just called 'junk?' I didn't use it until it became JMail, but I remember that the 'junk' list was the one where all the original people hung out...
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From: stompmgood
2002-06-01 12:25 pm (UTC)

Re: jmail?

That's actually what I was thinking... I used jmail a few times, but didn't want to look like too much of a moron. :)
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2002-06-01 12:27 pm (UTC)
Wild guess but, is the reason for the name change anything to do with 'junk' folders in things like elm, vn and nn? Name clash? I have some vague reccolection from using vn on the Dynix box at uni back in 89-93 that if you set a kill rule any messages that triggered it would be moved to junk, usually pointed to /dev/null. If you had a listserv process (or even just mail address/alias) of that name on the machine might it then might 'junked' mail get forwarded to that?

Like I said wild guess. Probably totally wrong.
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From: selfsufficience
2002-06-01 03:28 pm (UTC)
its been almost 10 months.

you can put the flag away now
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2002-06-01 05:02 pm (UTC)
Huh?

If you're refering to my user icon and the 10 months is a reference to September 11th 2001, then I feel I should point out I started using this icon long before then.

Does it offend you that I choose to use the US flag as my user icon? Is it more or less offensive that I display the flag and am infact a citizen of the UK not the US?
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2002-06-02 03:06 am (UTC)
Most of my friends are in the US, I hope to emigrate to the US at some time in the not to distant future (or at least work there for a few years, I'm aiming for California probably in or near LA) and I feel that culturally I'm probably closer to the US than the UK.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2002-06-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your sentiment. I think the majority of americans welcome anyone who wants to come here because they would like to be an american too.
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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2002-06-01 04:21 pm (UTC)

rawr

was junk, then became jmail, but hell if i remember why we had to change it :p
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