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Re: Gmail weirdness?
From: Etaoin Shrdlu <shrdlu () deaddrop org>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 07:50:56 -0800
Mark Owen wrote:
On 2/10/06, Mark Foster <blakjak () blakjak net> wrote:
Particularly, we're seeing gmail deliver multiple instances of a message
from a gmail subscriber to a mailing list server...
Well, doubled instances, yes. Multiple instances, no.
I read this, and it sounds like you're talking about the duplicate
message problem, which I've noted on multiple lists, for, oh, six
months, maybe a year.
Gmails website didn't list any suitable NOC-type contact addresses, nor
are there any on the NOC list site.
As a subscriber that interacts on multiple lists, as well as the
occasional personal e-mail I'll send out to friends and family, no one
has ever reported that they are receiving multiple instances of my
e-mails. I have also never received multiple e-mails from other gmail
users directly or through a list.
I've seen just exactly this problem on many of the mailing lists that
I'm on (although it's only been two copies, not multiple copies). I've
seen surmises that suggest it *is* a proxying problem. In these cases,
where I've been interested to examine the headers, the message ID is
always the same; proxies are always different (i.e. Google/Gmail is the
one choosing to send it out twice). I believe that this may have been
reported to gmail-support () google com (the only address that I know of
that you may report this type of thing to).
It may be an oddity of the mailing list software itself. I have never
heard of an instance where an interchange between a gmail user and a
single person, or persons, created more than one copy. It also seems to
me that when I've seen this error, it has been on a list using either
Majordomo or Mailman. I've not seen it on any other lists. It does not
appear to be related to the size of the list's subscribers, since one of
the lists I've seen this on averages about 200 members, and another is
in the thousands.
Just another data point.
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