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Re: New invitations being rejected by hotmail

Ken Cameron
 

Sarah,

Have you tested the email addresses directly from an email client? Meaning
not group.io, but a normal account somewhere. Usually when I see a 550,
there is a wrong char in the address somewhere.

-Ken Cameron, Member JMRI Dev Team
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www.fingerlakeslivesteamers.org
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www.syracusemodelrr.org


New invitations being rejected by hotmail

Sarah Rainsberger
 

It's a new fall term, and we've got new members, so we've sent out a handful of new invitations. The mail.com and gmail.com all worked fine, but we have exactly two new members with hotmail addresses, and both of those are reported as Failed 550.  (e.g. Failed - 550 5.5.0 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable. [DB5EUR03FT029.eop-EUR03.prod.protection.outlook.com])

Since we have exactly two, that's not enough to necessarily establish a pattern. It could be coincidence that they're both hotmail addresses, or it could not.

1. Is anyone else having trouble with hotmail addresses? And, these failures are *immediate* so it's something quite at their source.

2. Given that this is happening, if I decide to pay for the month just to be able to manually add the addresses myself as the group owner, would getting around the invitation problem likely protect me from regular message delivery problem, or is this the sign of annoyingly bad things to come, even if the members were somehow subscribed?  :)

Our group isn't necessarily the most tech savvy bunch, but I'm going to see whether these two members are able to go to the website themselves and apply to join the group and see what happens. Maybe initiated on their end will also circumvent the problem.

Thanks for any thoughts/comments on this!
Sarah.


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Re: Facebook integration #integration

Duane
 

On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 01:23 PM, Bob Bellizzi wrote:
What page did you link to that showed that  information about it not working.
The wiki page of information, here on GMF.  https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/wiki/Facebook-Integration

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Re: Facebook integration #integration

Bob Bellizzi
 

Hey Duane,
You  said "  At the top of the page I linked to, in big red letters, |"
What page did you link to that showed that  information about it not working.
Mine is not working but when I go to that integration control page in our group it  has no info nor any link to a message.

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Re: Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

Chris Jones
 

On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 05:16 PM, Michael Pavan wrote:
The verbiage 'Needed' in "Subscription Approval Needed" and "Message Approval Needed" notice messages iseems to be misinterpreted as meaning 'required', and that some Moderators believe they must APPROVE, as that is what they are 'supposed to do'.
Um. A moderators they are supposed to know what is what and what, er, isn't. The original post in this topic read (inter alia) while I waited for to get additional information from them. This implies the use of a Pending Subscription message, although it isn't entirely clear that that is what was meant.

If the "rogue moderator" didn't know that then it can really only on the basis that he or she had not been informed as such. It is arguable that an anomaly exists because a moderator can set their own notification about whether or not they are informed when there is an applicant awaiting approval without their being able to see the reply to the Pending Subscription message.

All in all this looks like a case where Moderator Permissions and Moderator Notifications / emails were inconsistent with each other, along with an absence of a clear brief about what individual moderators were supposed to do.

Chris


Re: Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

🧀🐭Mouse🐭🧀
 

If you are the owner, you can change the moderators so that they cannot approve pending members.  Take a look at what privileges they have.
 
Gloria 
 
 
 
 

-------Original Message-------
 
Date: 9/30/2019 12:16:50 PM
Subject: Re: [GMF] Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest
 
This is not the first (and likely not the last) time a Moderator has acted reflexively. The verbiage 'Needed' in "Subscription Approval Needed" and "Message Approval Needed" notice messages iseems to be misinterpreted as meaning 'required', and that some Moderators believe they must APPROVE, as that is what they are 'supposed to do'. Some may even fear that if they do not approve their email List may cease to function.
 
It would be better phrased as:
"Subscription Approval Requested" and "Message Approval Requested"
or "Subscription Approval or Rejection Requested" and "Message Approval or Rejection Requested"
or perhaps the more neutral "Subscription Request Received" and "Message Requiring Moderation Received"...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Re: Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

Michael Pavan
 

This is not the first (and likely not the last) time a Moderator has acted reflexively. The verbiage 'Needed' in "Subscription Approval Needed" and "Message Approval Needed" notice messages iseems to be misinterpreted as meaning 'required', and that some Moderators believe they must APPROVE, as that is what they are 'supposed to do'. Some may even fear that if they do not approve their email List may cease to function.

It would be better phrased as:
"Subscription Approval Requested" and "Message Approval Requested"
or "Subscription Approval or Rejection Requested" and "Message Approval or Rejection Requested"
or perhaps the more neutral "Subscription Request Received" and "Message Requiring Moderation Received"...


Re: Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

Norman C. Berns
 

Thanks all for the solid information and suggestions. I found the culprit and put all the newly approved members on moderation (and a very short leash). Problem solved for the most part, moderator a bit smarter now....

[excess quote, multiline sig, and ad trimmed by moderator]

   

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 5:12 PM Leeni <leeniluvsgroups@...> wrote:
You can check the activity of the group to see who approved those members.
Click on Activity
Then Click on Moderator Activity - there you will see who actually approved those members.
 
There is a check box when approving members that will let you approve all the members all at once. All that is needed to do is go to pending membership and click the box that says display name. Now all the pending members will be checked. Then the blue box at the bottom where it says action, open it, click on approve and then it will ask you if you want to approve all 6 members let's say and when yes is selected all 6 will be approved at one time.
 
Now what I do when a member is approved in error. I write them a personal note telling them they were approved before they sent back the pending application. If they don't send it back within a day they will be removed from the group. Then I tell them they can apply again but to watch for the pending application which needs to be sent in before approval.
 
Leeni 
 
 

 

 


Re: Facebook integration #integration

Duane
 

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 03:41 PM, Wizard wrote:
I did.
I'm not sure what you're referring to here.  At the top of the page I linked to, in big red letters, it says that FB integrations aren't currently working, along with a link to the post in the beta group where any updates should show up.

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Re: Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

Leeni
 

You can check the activity of the group to see who approved those members.
Click on Activity
Then Click on Moderator Activity - there you will see who actually approved those members.
 
There is a check box when approving members that will let you approve all the members all at once. All that is needed to do is go to pending membership and click the box that says display name. Now all the pending members will be checked. Then the blue box at the bottom where it says action, open it, click on approve and then it will ask you if you want to approve all 6 members let's say and when yes is selected all 6 will be approved at one time.
 
Now what I do when a member is approved in error. I write them a personal note telling them they were approved before they sent back the pending application. If they don't send it back within a day they will be removed from the group. Then I tell them they can apply again but to watch for the pending application which needs to be sent in before approval.
 
Leeni 
 
 
 
 

-------Original Message-------
 
Date: 9/29/2019 3:42:06 PM
Subject: [GMF] Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest
 
I had about a dozen applications to join pending while I waited for to get additional information from them. I checked the list early today and they were still pending. I went back to the group this afternoon and they had all been approved. There are three moderators who can approve members but I'm the only one who actually does it. And in any case, none of us did a blanket approval of the pending members. 

Is this a bug or is there some secret "approve all" button that I've never noticed? It's very odd and has never happened before. And now the group is stuck with a dozen unknown new members.
 


Re: Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

Gerald Boutin <groupsio@...>
 

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 05:42 PM, Norman C. Berns wrote:
I had about a dozen applications to join pending while I waited for to get additional information from them. I checked the list early today and they were still pending. I went back to the group this afternoon and they had all been approved. There are three moderators who can approve members but I'm the only one who actually does it. And in any case, none of us did a blanket approval of the pending members. 

Is this a bug or is there some secret "approve all" button that I've never noticed? It's very odd and has never happened before. And now the group is stuck with a dozen unknown new members.
Norman,

Look in Admin/Activities as it should say there how the approval came to be.
 
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Pending Members Approved Without Approval.... #issue #membershiprequest

Norman C. Berns
 

I had about a dozen applications to join pending while I waited for to get additional information from them. I checked the list early today and they were still pending. I went back to the group this afternoon and they had all been approved. There are three moderators who can approve members but I'm the only one who actually does it. And in any case, none of us did a blanket approval of the pending members. 

Is this a bug or is there some secret "approve all" button that I've never noticed? It's very odd and has never happened before. And now the group is stuck with a dozen unknown new members.


Re: Facebook integration #integration

Wizard <awizrd@...>
 

I did. 

I verified it was published and that it was a page with no restrictions. Bizarre 

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 12:55 PM Duane <txpigeon@...> wrote:
On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 02:48 PM, Wizard wrote:
Any ideas?
Yes, see https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/wiki/Facebook-Integration

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Re: Facebook integration #integration

Duane
 

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 02:48 PM, Wizard wrote:
Any ideas?
Yes, see https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/wiki/Facebook-Integration

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Facebook integration #integration

Wizard <awizrd@...>
 

Hello all,
I'm trying to setup the integration of my groups.io with my Facebook page. 
I have verified that the page is accessible without being logged in. That being said, I keep getting an error that the URL/page is not valid on the Integration page
Any ideas?
 
Doug


Re: Groups.io site updates #changelog

Gerald Boutin <groupsio@...>
 

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 11:12 AM, Gerald Boutin wrote:
On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 08:51 AM, Bruce Bowman wrote:
On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 02:37 AM, Lena wrote:
I wonder why implement Upload Folder at all because while uploading to Files or Photos you can select several files with Shift-click or Ctrl-click.
...or Ctrl-A to select all.

I was thinking I would be able to select several folders...or a folder having subfolders...creating some directory structure in one go (an occasionally-asked-for feature). I also thought it would only send one notification.

As implemented, it doesn't seem to add any new functionality at all.

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I agree that this looks like a solution looking for a problem and does still has several rough edges.

On the other hand, my testing shows that while it doesn't show what files are in the directory you select, it does later advise how many files there are.

As far as sub-directories are concerned, I was something surprised to see that it DOES include sub-directories as folders and includes files there as well. At least it did it for the initial one level deep test that I did.

I think the sub-directory feature is susceptible to misuse, accidental or otherwise. In fact, I am trying a test now where I pointed to a directory with 184 files (260 MBytes) and 33 sub-directories and started it off. It is merrily uploading files and despite the UI box staying up, pressing Cancel only closes the dialog box but does not stop the upload process.

I am letting it go to see where / if it stops. In the mean time, although it is at 20% uploaded and counting, no files have yet shown up on the group and no announcement emails have been sent out. I'll check back later and advise how it ended. Since my internet is only 1 mbps upload, this could be a while.

There is also an additional issue in that the description entered when selecting the directory cannot be seen after the upload is complete. At least I could not find how to view it.

 --
Gerald
Follow up.

- All 184 files and 33 folders (including sub-directories) were correctly uploaded to the Files area. 

- 184 notifications were emailed out. Hotmail (Outlook) accounts received all 184 emails. GMAIL only delivered 74 emails. I presume this is a GMAIL issue. Hopefully, GMAIL isn't going to start blocking GIO now.

- The file links in the emails are not correctly formed. They are missing the subdirectory structure, so only files in the top directory have usable links. 

https://GROUPNAME.groups.io/g/main/files/TOPFOLDERNAME/FILENAME.EXTENSION

It sure makes it easy to make a mess of things. If this feature does stay, it seems we are missing the reverse function and that is to be able to download the directory. I would much rather see users zipping files together and uploading a zip file instead of this feature.

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Re: Groups.io site updates #changelog

Gerald Boutin <groupsio@...>
 

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 08:51 AM, Bruce Bowman wrote:
On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 02:37 AM, Lena wrote:
I wonder why implement Upload Folder at all because while uploading to Files or Photos you can select several files with Shift-click or Ctrl-click.
...or Ctrl-A to select all.

I was thinking I would be able to select several folders...or a folder having subfolders...creating some directory structure in one go (an occasionally-asked-for feature). I also thought it would only send one notification.

As implemented, it doesn't seem to add any new functionality at all.

Bruce 
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I agree that this looks like a solution looking for a problem and does still has several rough edges.

On the other hand, my testing shows that while it doesn't show what files are in the directory you select, it does later advise how many files there are.

As far as sub-directories are concerned, I was something surprised to see that it DOES include sub-directories as folders and includes files there as well. At least it did it for the initial one level deep test that I did.

I think the sub-directory feature is susceptible to misuse, accidental or otherwise. In fact, I am trying a test now where I pointed to a directory with 184 files (260 MBytes) and 33 sub-directories and started it off. It is merrily uploading files and despite the UI box staying up, pressing Cancel only closes the dialog box but does not stop the upload process.

I am letting it go to see where / if it stops. In the mean time, although it is at 20% uploaded and counting, no files have yet shown up on the group and no announcement emails have been sent out. I'll check back later and advise how it ended. Since my internet is only 1 mbps upload, this could be a while.

There is also an additional issue in that the description entered when selecting the directory cannot be seen after the upload is complete. At least I could not find how to view it.

 --
Gerald


Re: Problem with muting topics

Marina
 

It seems reasonable to expect fewer muting problems if you and your moderators
resist the urge to merge (or split), and edit message subject lines with a
lighter hand.
Our merging activity is limited to those replies that the system fails to recognize as belonging to the relevant topic due to the prefixes problem (I have reported this to support).

At the same time, it's my experience that few subscribers
actively use the muting function.
Actually, in my group just one member complained about the muting function, so far.
Thank you for your explanation,
Marina

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