Re Missing emails, BA and BOCA

Subject: Re Missing emails, BA and BOCA
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 14:42:58 +1100
1. Missing emails: One of the great mysteries of the Internet is the route taken by data moving from one computer to another. Email seems to make the most of this "great unknown" by taking oddly circuitous paths from A to B, and then really confounding everyone by suddenly taking the shortest possible route. You can get some idea where you emails have "been" by looking at the headers. An email to your colleague in the same building may go via a mail server in another state or even another country. It depends mostly on who provides your internet connection. I've often had instant replies to messages sent to other continents, yet had to wait an hour or two to see a reply from a work colleague - even when we've both been online the whole time. Sometimes Birding-Aus messages show up immediately - sometimes they take hours. I have not been able to find an clear explanation for this.

2. Marilyn's email: It was sent to Frank, and to Birding-Aus, but was held for moderation due to being flagged by one of the content filters. Frank replied "to all" and the original was included. This is a timely warning to be VERY CAREFUL when using the "reply to all" feature of your email program. If I could filter out replies-to-all I certainly would! It's a danger not confined to birding-aus. I have a colleague who accidentally sent a reply to our entire school - staff and students.

3. BA v BOCA I've been a member of both - and would be now if I could (a) find my subscription form and (b) remember to pay it on time.

4. Catholics v Anglicans. If you thought people got worked up about parrots, banding and other recent controversies, then they have nothing on this one! I'm an Anglican and I teach in a Catholic School. Let's not start this sort of debate!!!

Now I really must get back to work - that's what I'm here for, after all - so how about we let these other hot issues go for a while? Cannon netting was done to death years ago (no pun intended) and there is no point turning over the fig parrot story until more evidence is provided from either "side".

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

On 21/02/2007, at 2:25 PM,  wrote:

G'day all

I think I missed the email from Marilyn as well - or was it only sent to Frank O'Connor. Would you please let us know Frank? I've just looked in
the archives and it doesn't show up there either.

For what it's worth I've been a member of both organisations but found BA fit my requirements more as I became a bit more experienced and learned more about birds. I'm now only a member of BA. I still enjoy reading my
dad's BOCA magazine 6-times a year however!

I see the Catholics and Anglicans are looking at the possibilities of
merging.  Maybe our two birding organisations could do the same.  Less
administrative overheads would be a good thing.


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