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    NavList message numbers
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Jan 5, 22:00 -0800

    Someone asked about message numbers. Message numbers still exist and you can follow them in every way of reading NavList except one which, unfortunately, is the second most popular way of following NavList: individual messages delivered by email. If you haven't seen message numbers in the new year, go to the message boards at fer3.com/NavList and have a look. In the transition, we skipped ten numbers. Otherwise, the message numbers continue in sequence. If you receive NavList messages by any of the digests, or if you read NavList on the web, you see the NavList numbers anyway and are probably wondering what the fuss is about.

    The current software we're using to distribute individual emails does provide a message number, but it's buried in a header in each email. That's what I mean by saying it's "hidden" --not that I have intentionally hidden it, but rather that it is in a spot which is hard for end-users to find.

    In a few weeks, after I test it carefully, there will be a pre-processor in place for messages which will be able to handle bbcode by email (you'll understand in a few weeks if you don't now), and which will catch and prevent or compress overly large attachments, and which will catch and truncate overly redundant block-quoting, and FINALLY which will also restore message numbers in individual messages. I would like to see them back, too.

    For those few of you who would like to keep track of NavList message numbers before those few weeks have gone by, I recommend signing up for one of the message summaries (it's just a list of message subjects and authors with their NavList message numbers) or sign up for the "SMS" short messages and set the address to your normal email address. Then for each NavList message you would receive the full-size message with no message number in the subject and also a second very short message with the message number exposed. You can get those same short messages sent to your mobile phone, of course, and if your prefer you can get them from a Twitter feed by the command "follow NavListNews" on Twitter (if you cannot see through the fog of Internet-mania hype, Twitter is basically a listserv for text messages and other very short emails).

    This message, by the way, unless another hits at nearly the same time, will be "NavList 11434".


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