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Re: AOL Non-Lameness

  • From: Ian Mason
  • Date: Mon Oct 02 20:13:24 2006

On 2 Oct 2006, at 23:39, Rick Kunkel wrote:

On Mon, 2 Oct 2006, Joseph S D Yao wrote:

On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 11:53:56PM +0530, Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote:
Drew the attention of a friend at AOL to this and got a reply quoted
below - this was apparently an issue at AOL's end. Thanks to AOL for
quickly acting to fix this.

I've been asked by my friend to post this below



We found a problem with the way URL's were being identified and have
undergone steps to correct it.  In the interim, the rule change has
been backed out pending further testing.  Thanks to all on the list.


All, this seems seriously NON-lame to me. Of course, testing and fixing
the bug before it was put out there would have been less so. But think
of this! A large company has actually admitted that it was wrong and
backed out a problem! Isn't this what everyone always complains SHOULD
be done? ;-) ;-) ;-)

Me, I'm always doing it, but that's just 'cause I have to. ;-)

Joe Yao
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I had users that appeared to be getting their email blocked seemingly
because in their sigs, they write their phone number that stupid
IP-Address-Wannabe method, like:


As an aside, is this something that's the norm in other places, like
commas instead of periods for decimals in other countries? I'd hate to
sound critical if it was.
Normal practice in France; Belgium too I think.

It just seems that I know a large amount of
very American people who have decided that phone numbers with periods in
them somehow look more "hip" than dashes. I despise that. Can you tell?

--Rick Kunkel