AWOL posts, was 'survey on design pattern usage'

25 Aug 2008 - 9:23am
6 years ago
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Billy Cox
2007

The first time I replied to a post on this list, the message never appeared
on the list because my reply went to the sender of the original message and
not to the list. I have to manually change the 'To' field in my email to
send a reply to the list.

How ironic that an email list for usability specialists is the least usable
list to which I subscribe. :)

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Michael
Stiso
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 5:12 PM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] survey on design pattern usage

*(Note: I've had troubles posting and have had to try a few times.
Hopefully, all those attempts won't suddenly appear on the list, but if they
do, I sincerely apologize for the clutter.)*

Comments

25 Aug 2008 - 5:41pm
Nasir Barday
2006

We had an outage that prevented posts from appearing on the list, so even if
you hit your handy reply-all button, the post wouldn't have gone through. We
fixed the problem and put some preventative measures in place to keep it
from coming up again.

As for the usability of setting the default reply-to address as the original
sender, we've set it up this way so that out-of-office replies don't get
broadcast to the list and bounce back and forth between each other, bringing
the list to its knees.

Is this really the least usable list to which you subscribe? There are
several other UX lists that behave the same way, for the same reason.
There's a fine balance to walk here, mostly because Internet e-mail is a
system that hasn't evolved much from its roots in the 70s. That said, we're
looking at a complete re-design of the IxDA experience, which includes
re-approaching the list and thwarting most of the shortcomings we experience
with e-mail as a discussion medium. I hate to leave you hanging there, but I
promise more information in the next few weeks :-).

Cheers,
Nasir Barday
Digital Infrastructure Dude
Interaction Design Association

25 Aug 2008 - 10:28am
Billy Cox
2007

The first time I replied to a post on this list, the message never appeared
on the list because my reply went to the sender of the original message and
not to the list. I have to manually change the 'To' field in my email to
send a reply to the list.

How ironic that an email list for usability specialists is the least usable
list to which I subscribe. :)

-----Original Message-----

From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [
<mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com>
mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Michael
Stiso

Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 5:12 PM

To: discuss at ixda.org

Subject: [IxDA Discuss] survey on design pattern usage

*(Note: I've had troubles posting and have had to try a few times.
Hopefully, all those attempts won't suddenly appear on the list, but if they
do, I sincerely apologize for the clutter.)*

26 Aug 2008 - 8:16am
Billy Cox
2007

I am on a few other lists and they apparently have a filtering mechanism to
prevent out-of-office replies from going to the list. I'm sure that the
technology is mature enough now that this is a function of the list
management software.

That said, it's just an extra mental step; a minor inconvenience.

Yes, I realized after re-sending my original message that the list must be
down.

-----Original Message-----
From: nbarday at gmail.com [mailto:nbarday at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Nasir Barday
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 5:42 PM
To: billy at oldworldspices.com
Cc: IxDA Discuss
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] AWOL posts, was 'survey on design pattern usage'

We had an outage that prevented posts from appearing on the list, so even if
you hit your handy reply-all button, the post wouldn't have gone through. We
fixed the problem and put some preventative measures in place to keep it
from coming up again.

As for the usability of setting the default reply-to address as the original
sender, we've set it up this way so that out-of-office replies don't get
broadcast to the list and bounce back and forth between each other, bringing
the list to its knees.

Is this really the least usable list to which you subscribe? There are
several other UX lists that behave the same way, for the same reason.
There's a fine balance to walk here, mostly because Internet e-mail is a
system that hasn't evolved much from its roots in the 70s. That said, we're
looking at a complete re-design of the IxDA experience, which includes
re-approaching the list and thwarting most of the shortcomings we experience
with e-mail as a discussion medium. I hate to leave you hanging there, but I
promise more information in the next few weeks :-).

Cheers,
Nasir Barday
Digital Infrastructure Dude
Interaction Design Association

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