[Chtechcomm] UNC Listserv Archive

Alan Rimer aerimer at email.unc.edu
Tue Aug 30 19:33:45 EDT 2005


For what it's worth, I am am a compulsive saver of emails and I may 
actually have most of the emails that I was part of. Not a list serve, 
and not threaded, but there you are.

Alan Rimer

Steve Irving wrote:

> Terri and all,
>
> I spent the weekend contemplating whether it would be productive to 
> respond to your latest salvo (Fri 8/26/2005 10:32 AM) in support of 
> deleting the supposedly non-existent UNC message archive dating back 
> to 2001. Although I’m still not convinced this will be productive by 
> any conceivable measure, the tipping point came when I went back to 
> the UNC listserv site and found that ch-tech-advisory no longer exists.
>
> You stated (Fri 8/26/2005 10:32 AM):
>
> ----------
>
> According to the UNC technician assigned to the data recovery 
> question, "The ch-tech-advisory list is set to keep archives for only 
> one day. Since messages older than one day would automatically be 
> purged each night, there are no messages past that one day archive 
> we'd have."
>
> This report is consistent with my own investigation of the UNC list 
> archiving capabilities ...
>
> ----------
>
> First, is this anonymous technician willing to come forward and 
> discuss the issue? I would like to know the basis for the “one day” 
> comment, and how this squares with the actual existence of an archive 
> which far exceeded one day. I would also like to know whether there is 
> any likelihood that the recovery will succeed and whether the recent 
> disappearance of our forum is a part of the recovery process or an 
> indication that the towel has been thrown in.
>
> Second, your own investigation of the UNC List archiving capabilities 
> does not appear to have been terribly thorough, or included the simple 
> steps provided in my earlier message (Thu 8/25/2005 8:36 PM), or made 
> use of your resources – such as the Anonymous Technician – at UNC.
>
> You go on to state (Fri 8/26/2005 10:32 AM):
>
> ----------
>
> If Steve found a full archive of the UNC list, I applaud his technical 
> skills and feel sure the UNC staff would be interested in knowing 
> where their archiving process is faulty.
>
> ----------
>
> No special technical skills were required (although I appreciate you 
> compliment and its thinly-veiled sarcasm), and I have not alleged any 
> fault in their archiving process, which seems to me to have worked 
> just fine until immediately after the messages were deleted.
>
> Last Wednesday evening, before the messages were deleted from the UNC 
> listserv, I took a snapshot of the cover page of the message archive. 
> This can now be viewed at 
> http://www.morgancreek.net/tc_unc_listserv/Messages.htm, and I hope it 
> will be useful in clearing up the misconceptions you and the Anonymous 
> Technician hold.
>
> My thanks to all for your forbearance, and apologies to any who find 
> this to be an unproductive rant.
>
> Steve
>
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