Re: the WP lists
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick Albright <logres@r...>
> PS: Why are these messages being duplicated in bothIt looks like r8ix.com is subscribed to Yahoo.
> listservs, since the same people--at least for this
> message thread--seem to be on both?
It's a little odd. I originally set up Yahoo as a library,
for available links and files, and as a searchable
repository for the three-million word archive of the r8ix
list, a tremendous measure of support for WPMac on the
part of the list host and all contributors to it.
I subscribed Yahoo to r8ix some months back, to continue
the library function, but it apparently didn't register,
as Yahoo never received any digests.
About the time I was setting up the Yahoo group (latter
half of 2004), r8ix seemed to become erratic. I was
subscribed to both the active list and the digest, with
different addresses, and stopped getting either. Messages
I sent to the list just disappeared. This persisted for
When I announced the Yahoo group at the start of this
year, sending an email to everyone who had posted to r8ix
in 2004, I got quite a few private responses appreciative
that at least one source of WPMac support would continue.
(I also got positive emails from a couple of people who
had signed off r8ix because of uncontrolled flame wars,
but that's another question.)
When I sent the email announcing the group, a dozen posts
to the group showed up in short order, all from folks glad
that a reliable source for communication among the
remaining WP user base was again available.
More recently (just in the last week or so), not having
received anything from r8ix in a long time, I emailed for
the current digest and got it, containing a question (from
luskin@..., I think?) with a question about advanced
sorting. This is one of WP's strengths, and I posted a
comprehensive answer. I sent again for a digest the next
day, to see whether it had gotten there, and it hadn't.
Afew days later, some test messages came through to my
active subscription, and I emailed again for a digest, but
that entire file (digest #955) was gone - both question
I haven't kept a count of how many of my posts to r8ix
have disappeared in the last six months, but it's been
more than a few.
The last thing I'd want to do is disparage anyone's
support for the program, and we might all actually feel
fortunate that we know it and use it - witness the long
and heartfelt recent thread on usenet's comp.sys.mac.apps
about Pages, Apple's new word processor. Why aren't there
any good, _serious_ word processors? asked what seemed
like a few hundred people who felt they needed to operate
in the OSX native environment and who also needed a word
processor free of everything that MS Word has going for
One thing Word and all other programs have going for them,
though, is a broad support structure, including phone tech
support and corporate web sites.
We who are willing to stay in Classic, a small
inconvenience for a powerful and elegant tool with which
to express our thoughts, have to have a way to talk with
each other. We really need that.