8242Re: [RedHotJazz] Anyone know why the main site is down?
- Dec 3, 2010I, too, live in France and I just opened the site and listened to a
recording without any problems at all!
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Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] Anyone know why the main site is down?
From: bernice joffe
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 6:38 AM
Subject: RE: [RedHotJazz] Anyone know why the main site is down?
> has the owner decided to disband?
The short answer is that we do not know, and wish we did.
Of course I won't delete the group, and it it obvious that if, for whatever
reason, Scott has decided to stay away, his decision has to be respected.
What is, I think, quite unfair, is to refuse saying so once and for all - at
least to one of the people he used to be in touch with. Not excluding the
possibility that something serious happened to him, which keeps me just as
There is still a link to his bouncing email address on the welcome page of
the RHJ website, which is probably quite disappointing for visitors, but not
directly our problem.
But there is also one to the group's webpage, suggesting that this Yahoo
group is the official, related mailing-list.
This was quite nice when Scott was still with us, but it has now created a
very ambiguous and awkward situation.
I get subscription requests *every week*, all year long, by first-time
visitors who seldom take time to read what this group is about. Most never
post a word, many unsubscribe after a couple of days or weeks, probably
expecting to receive some kind of newsletter or whatever... not mentioning
the calls for help and questions regarding the website itself, which I keep
receiving as the group-owner, and keep patiently replying just to explain
there is nothing I or anyone I know can do about it.
I cannot get rid of this hassle by allowing just "anyone" to the group
without first checking they are (most likely) real people, we would be
instantly flooded with spam - no joke, the server keeps automatically
rejecting lots of ads sent by spamming robots with the reason "not
And I cannot decide to close subscriptions either, it would be the opposite
of the policy which Michael and I tried to define in the first place:
keeping an open place for discussion between people who are sometimes
discovering pre-war jazz, and confirmed specialists - plus a lot of
"in-betweens" like myself ;-)
I took precautions from the start to keep the group from being "abandoned",
even if I happened to vanish myself. I am sorry to understand that Scott did
not bother lending anyone the "keys" to his website, which of course cannot
be argued... but be the assumption correct or not, I think the least would
be to let us/me/someone know.
P.S. the group's server seems to have temporary problems, not warning me of
pending messages or subscription requests for a couple of days. This does
not only concern new members, but just anyone, since Yahoo sometimes fancies
marking messages as spam without any obvious reason, and we have to go and
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