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Daniel Widdis
May 30th, 2005, 11:45 PM

We're all set up to go "live" with the new "Forum/Mailing List gateway" between the coryphaeus mailing list and the Parlor section of the tapcis.com forums. I'll outline the system below, and if you have any objections, now's the time to state them! Judy Russell has worked tirelessly to get it up and running, and I think she's just waiting for the final okay from the list owner (Paul) to flip the right switches.

Here's how it works:

1. When a tapcis.com user posts a message in "The Parlor" on the tapcis.com web forum, it is immediately echoed to the coryphaeus@yahoogroups.com mailing list. The message will appear to be sent *by that user* from whatever email address they registered on the boards. It is important that players join this group with the same email address they use on tapcis.com. (You can join the group and select "no emails" if desired.) If the message is sent by a user who is not a member of this group, it will be "bounced" (as currently configured) or, at best, delayed while it is moderated (if Paul changes the configuration).

2. When a member posts an email to the mailing list, a copy of it goes to a subscribed tapcis.com mailbox. Periodically (currently every 15 minutes), the forum software goes through this mailbox and processes them, sticking them up in the forum in their appropriately threaded spot.

What it means to you:

1. If you're already happy with using this email list, nothing will change. You'll see some messages originated in the forum, but they won't look much different than messages originated by regular email. (Except they'll automatically include signatures, which will make TAPCIS users happy!)

2. If you prefer to use tapcis.com, you'll be able to do that to interact with the list (Please make sure your tapcis.com-registered email address is a member of the list) and won't need to use email to access it anymore.

3. There will be no need for dual posting. Anything posted in one place will (eventually) show up, in its entirety, in the other place.

I am proceeding on the assumption this is a consensus decision among us all. I've been posting bits and pieces of this for the last few days and believe everyone is in agreement with this plan. So, please, correct me if I'm wrong.


Judy G. Russell
May 30th, 2005, 11:58 PM
NOTE: this thread has been *stuck* at the top for the time being so everyone will see it.

Paul Keating
May 31st, 2005, 01:15 AM

Dan tells me that you're waiting for a goahead from me to switch the gateway on. I've changed the membership settings so that the Yahoo group won't bounce messages from people it doesn't know, so I don't think there's anything left to do on my side. Go right ahead.

Dave Cunningham
May 31st, 2005, 08:10 AM
Does this mean I don't have to change my addresses now?

Daniel Widdis
May 31st, 2005, 10:30 AM

Your post from the list won't "bounce" but it will end up in a moderation queue for me, Paul, or Chris Carson to approve. You would do us all a favor by simply adding that address to the list (and selecting the "no email" option) in addition to your other address that you post with. If not, we'll add it for you after you post the first time. Muahaha.

Judy G. Russell
May 31st, 2005, 11:10 AM
Please add the address TheParlor@tapcis.com to the group. Then this evening, at roughly 8 p.m. US EDT, I will turn on the echoing between this section and the group (I will have to do a bit of clean-up in case the first run of the script brings over everything from here to there!)

Daniel Widdis
May 31st, 2005, 11:41 AM
Please add the address TheParlor@tapcis.com to the group.
Done. Or at least it looks like it was done.

Judy G. Russell
May 31st, 2005, 01:23 PM
Thanks, Dan. I'll get the final pieces done after I get home. (I have this boss, see, who has this idea that if I'm at work, I should do his work. What an odd notion...)

Daniel Widdis
May 31st, 2005, 02:12 PM
My pleasure. And I've posted on the list to expect the gateway active at about 8pm EDT.

Thanks for all the hard work you did on this, despite your boss's best efforts to keep you doing real stuff.