I administer a list for Japanese/English translators at NETCOM
called HONYAKU. I recently ran into an unsettling problem.
One person managed to subscribe to the list with a nonstandard
address that was causing repeated delivery errors. As a
result, I decided to unsubscribe the address since this person
wasn't receiving anything from the list anyway and since the
address was just cluttering up my mailbox. (This is not the
unsettling problem.) But in trying to do so, majordomo at
NETCOM did not accept my command, saying there was no match
for the address I tried to unsubscribe. Wondering if there
might be a discrepancy between the address I tried to
unsubscribe and how the address was actually recorded, I sent
the "who honyaku" command to confirm.
This yielded a list with no names on it. This morning a
submission by someone who has been on the list for some time
bounced, someone whose address I know is valid. (I have
HONYAKU set to external moderation.) Also, I received e-mail
from the list server saying a new person had subscribed.
Doing another "who honyaku," I received a list with only one
person on it--the latest subscriber. This suggests to me that
the list of HONYAKU subscribers at NETCOM has been wiped out
for some reason.
If true, this is extremely unsettling. What could cause
something like this and how can I prevent this from happening
again? Naturally, I'm raising the matter with NETCOM but I'm
also asking the question here to see what I can learn about
I'm quite new at administering mailing lists. HONYAKU got its
start the first week of March. Any help or advice with this
problem will be greatly appreciated.
Dan Kanagy email@example.com
Tokyo, Japan firstname.lastname@example.org