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  • From: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@g...>
  • To: xml-dev@l...
  • Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2000 19:57:57 +0800

Michael Champion wrote:
> I suspect that Don is simply comparing the fine service that SML-DEV has
> gotten from eGroups.com with the abysmal service that XML-DEV has gotten
> from OASIS.  This should be a technical matter of finding the right hosting
> service for the XML-DEV community, not some deep philosophical matter of
> unity and fragmentation.

Except for 1 weekend ago when

1) The whole Egroups site was down for "plumbing" for 2+ days. (They
gave their
"we will be back at 6 Oclock Sunday" message, but they didnt say which
time  zone. I suppose they meant some kind of  US time.

2) In the following days after that, several pages were wrong: for
the number of messages in the current month.

3) In the following day, I sent one long post (to SML-DEV with some
comments on the Common XML draft before its debut) and got a system
message back (I am registered with them, it wasn't a login error on my

So Egroups is not perfect either.

But it really matters for a group to be have high reliability if it is
used for community technical support. But since so few postings on
XML-DEV seem
to be time-critical in this regard (are XML problems found early?) I
with my former workmate Marcus Carr about being patient. (Actually, I
envy people
who have such straight-forward lives that XML-DEV being slow represents 
an issue of much importance. But having posts disappear is frustrating.
same thing happened to me on the W3C website this week to me too. )

Rick Jelliffe

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