[Ironpython-users] Undesired Side Effects of sending digests to the list as emails

Jeff Hardy jdhardy at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 18:16:01 CEST 2011

Hi Dave,
Can you forward me one of your digest emails (directly, not to the
list) so that I can see them? The (poorly-named) digests sent to the
list are supposed to just be an issue tracker summary (which, sadly,
Codeplex gives very limited options for), and not the digest of the
list itself.

If you're getting the list digest included your digest emails, then
there's another issue that needs to be dealt with. There was an issue
last week with digest processing that caused them to get sent
repeatedly, but that should have been resolved.

Even in the digest emails I didn't think the issue roll-ups were that
large, so there might be another issue at play here.

- Jeff

On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 8:25 AM, David Bagby <Dave at mvcalypso.com> wrote:
> Hi List,
> I've been reading the list for a couple of months as part of an effort to
> learn more about Iron Python.
> I thought I'd speak up about the recent decision to start sending the list
> daily digest to the list (as an email)....
> I rather dislike the side effect of this and wanted to explain why...
> turning this option on has created a recursive problem.
> If a list subscriber gets the list content as individual emails, the digest
> is just one more email they get -
> However, if you choose to get the list email as a daily digest (as I do),
> sending the digest as an email to the list causes the digest to be inserted
> into the daily digest email.... and that makes for a very hard to read
> digest.
> It also effectively doubles content of the digest (as today's digest ends up
> including an email from yesterday which is all of the prior day's  digest).
> This is ugly enough when you get daily digests, I hate to think about what
> this would look like if one opted for weekly digests instead of daily (I
> don't remember if this list offers weekly digests, some other lists I
> subscribe to do).
> When someone then replies to an email and does not trim the quoted reply...
> well, at that point the you have a pretty massive amount of text within
> which it is darn near impossible to find the "new" content.
> Now think about trying to read that on a typical mobile device (as I often
> do on my android phone)..... one ends up having to scroll thru pages and
> pages of useless text.
> The net effect for me is that this recent change to the list has made
> reading the list painful enough that I've found myself just deleting the
> list emails instead of reading them. :-(
> So, just in case anyone is counting raised hands, mine is up for "please
> turn this digest is sent to the list option back off".
> Dave
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