Michael Quinion editor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Wed Mar 21 09:34:50 UTC 2001

> > but it's very odd that terry and jesse aren't getting them.
> We got them when we posted, we just didn't get them as
> Listserv error messages. It is a little odd, but now that
> we've kicked the offender off the list, we shouldn't
> waste any more time on it.

As list manager on another LISTSERV system, I recognise this
problem. The mailing system at that destination address is
responding to the wrong element of the routing headers. Instead
of sending the error message to the actual sender (the LISTSERV)
it is sending it to the person who has posted to the list. So
the LISTSERV system or list manager doesn't see any error, only
those who post to the list.

Such misconfigurations of mailing software are so common as not
to provoke much comment among people who run lists; some systems
even bounce messages without saying what the problem is or which
addressee is concerned, which makes it hard to respond in any
sensible way.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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