[Elizabeth Lear Newman: [firstname.lastname@example.org: Idea: Ramp-Up Procedure]]
Brent Chapman <brent @
Thu, 07 Apr 1994 23:41:27 -0700
Forwarded without comment; I haven't even taken time to read it yet,
but at a glance it looks like a feature request for Majordomo, so here
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Subject: Idea: Ramp-Up Procedure
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 94 10:01:00 PDT
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Here's an idea for improving the mailing list services provided by
Discussion groups often have continuous conversations where each posting
assumes that the audience has read each preceding message. When newcomers
try to contribute, their well-meaning comments often appear out of context
to the others and end up being disruptive to the conversation.
Suggested Solution: Backread Command
This could be a spin-off of Majordomo's existing index feature. Majordomo
would keep a buffer of the last XXX postings to each mailing list. A new
user could then send majordomo a command:
backread <list> <#ofmsgs>
and receive the last <#ofmsgs> messages sent to that mailing list. Some
mailing lists may not care if new subscribers backread, others may want to
require it. The backread command could be expanded to include a <subject>
parameter, allowing a new subscriber to backread one particular thread of
the mailing list. For example:
backread boston-book 10 "moby dick"
would return the last 10 messages in the boston-book list with the string
"moby dick" in their subject lines.
Please let me know what you think. My email address is email@example.com.
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