List archives wrinkle - messages out of distributed order
From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 07:36:55 -0700 (PDT)
This is a note primarily for folks who read Cohousing-L messages
via the archives (and not via email).
Archives direct:  http://lists.cohousing.org/archives/cohousing-l/ 

New messages do not always get listed at the top of the date index page
so it is possible (tho rare) for a newly distributed / archived message 
to get listed on a date index page below one you have already read.

Here's how this can happen: Messages get archived in the order of posting
date. If a message gets held for my review and then later gets approved
after other messages are archived and read. Messages are usually not held 
for more than a day or so.  Note that this does not affect order of 
messages received by email.

A little more diagramically (in chronological order):

rejectable message posted
other messages posted
other messages read
rejectable message approved and distributed
rejectable message shows up in index BELOW already read other message

One way to help avoid missing messages of interest is to watch the link
colors.  (link color changes after it has been read by your computer tho
this does not work from session to session on public computers for
example).

Reading archives with a no mail mode sub ** reduces email in your inbox.
It has the disadvantage of requiring you to remember to go to the archives
and is prone to be forgotten when you get busy.

** no mail mode allows you to post without YOUR message being held for 
review.

Fred, list manager


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