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    ADMIN: receiving NavList messages via AOL email
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2016 Jul 27, 13:00 -0700

    Stan K mentioned earlier today that he did not see some NavList messages that he had sent. I suspect that he means that he did not see them as email copies (Stan, if you check the message boards, you should find all the messages that you sent --though I did not see the specific one that you mentioned about correcting the minor Gary/Greg error). The problem here is that the spam filters are often a bigger problem than the spam, and AOL's email system is notorious for arbitrarily blocking email. This is yet another reason why you should not think of NavList as an email list, by the way. Old-fashioned email list mailings are low on the totem pole, and emails get binned as spam at the drop of a hat. This problem is relatively serious if you receive emails via AOL, but it also impacts some other email services to a lesser extent. 

    Solutions to consider:

    • Use the NavList message boards, and skip all this email insanity.
    • If you absolutely prefer email interaction with NavList, consider signing up for a one of the daily digest options (see Tools then Email Settings), so that you can double-check to make sure you have received each message. If you want me to set this up, I can do it for your manually. Email me.
    • Move on from AOL and get an email account with a more reliable service. AOL has many great features including extremely fast delivery times on emails, but if messages are arbitrarily dumped, what good does that do you??
    • If you cannot imagine leaving AOL, then get an email with some other service, e.g. gmail, and set up forwarding. So your new account might be set up to receive NavList messages, and then those could be forwarded to your AOL account. I can't guarantee that this will work.
    • Whatever option you choose, I intend to phase out email delivery options to AOL addresses within three months. You'll get plenty of advance warning.

    Frank Reed
    NavList Operations Center, treetop annex
    Conanicut Island USA


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