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  1. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    This situation has existed for two weeks now. I don't expect that it will be fixed soon. The fact that they have allowed this problem to persist for this amount of time, doesn't bode well for the future of the SpamCop newsgroups. Personally, I wish someone would make some sort of formal announcement, rather than keep everyone hanging. By the way, I don't think the number 400 is significant, with respect to the "load at" value. I think the number 400 is just an error code, or message number.
  2. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    Maybe, But that would make the newsgroup server either a Bistromathic Drive, or a restaurant!
  3. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    I remember discussions to that effect, when newsgroup archiving died, which is why I speculated that SpamCop might have some desire to eliminate the newsgroups altogether. I hope not. In your on-going dialog with Ellen, did she have any information as to SpamCop's intention towards newsgroups?
  4. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    I have been watching it all morning. I have seen it go up as high as 48, and then come back down to 42. I wonder if the "load" is simply measuring the number of current open connections to the server. I don't know, just speculating. I am beginning to wonder if SpamCop has simply decided to use this failure as an excuse to eliminate the news servers, in favor of these forums.
  5. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    Well, this morning, it was 42! I was hopeful, because as a fan of Douglas Adams, I know that 42 is the Ultimate Answer. But, when I checked later, it was 43.
  6. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    Well, I don't know whether it is progress or not, but the load is now at 40! - whatever that means! 400 load at 40, try later
  7. BlueRock

    [Resolved] SPAMCOP Newsgroups

    Thanks, Farelf and Steve! Now I know it is not a problem on my computer, or with my internet connection.
  8. First, I did read Wazoo's post on this subject in Announcements. But, I am not allowed to post there, so I hope it is OK to ask about this here... I want to make sure that the newsgroup servers are still down for everyone else, so I know that I don't have a problem on my end. Assuming the servers are still down, is there any more information on what is wrong, or when it might be fixed? I have not been able to access the newsgroups for days. Whenever I try, I get an error: 400 load at 37, try later Thanks!
  9. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    I gave it a try with Regular reporting, and I do get 1 copy of a report sent to my personal address. But I don't get BCC'ed with a copy of every report sent, when multiple reports are sent, as the instructions on the web page indicate should be happening. If I am understanding the comments in the post you referenced, I think that agrees with what you are saying. But, I get nothing with Quick Reports, even when reports are successfully filed. I was trying to use the 'Personal Copies' feature to see if I could glean any more information about the annoying problem being discussed in this thread - which continues to be a nuissance. Sometimes a week will go by, where everything works fine. Sometimes the problem happens on every single submission I make. Also, it has gotten a little harder to track this problem, since they removed the link that says "Older Reports" from the "Past Reports" page. Although, the "&offset=10" method that someone suggested seems to work, at least for now.
  10. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    No, I am not re-submitting the reports as spam (wow, that would be bad, if you did that!). By "the one I use for spam cop reporting" I mean the one to which spam cop's confirmations are sent everytime I submit spam.
  11. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    I am not sure what you mean by a 'local' address -- but yes, I put my email address (the one I use for spam Cop reporting) into the "Personal copies of outgoing reports" on the Reporting Preferences page.
  12. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    This problem has happened now, on practically every submission, since last Thursday. So, I tried another experiment. I went into preferences, and set myself to be copied on every report sent. The next time I received spam, I quick-reported it. This time, I reported two spam email messages. As usual, the last attached spam message failed. Also, as usual, my Past Reports page shows the first message as being processed and reports sent, and the second as "No Reports Filed". As usual, I received no "Quick reporting data" confirmation message. I also did not receive any copy of any report supposedly filed, for either the first or second spam attachment. When I view the parse for the FIRST message, for which reports were supposedly sent, it DOES show my address as one to which reports would be filed ("If reported today, reports would be sent to"). I don't know if it is normal that reports are not sent to the "Personal Copies" address for spam which is Quick Reported. A quick search of the FAQ doesn't answer that question. Does anyone here know? Thanks.
  13. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    Today (Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006), the same problem (described in the original post) happened THREE TIMES IN A ROW, on three separate spams submitted at various times throughout the day, as single attachments.
  14. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    Thank you, Farelf. For the record, I have observed at least one more occurance of the problem, since my last post.
  15. BlueRock

    Parser Stuck (?) When Quick Reporting

    Speaking as a programmer myself, and one who has been on the receiving end of tech support requests, I would like to know about behavior such as this, in code that I have written. I normally pursue any bugs found in code that I have written, no matter how minor they appear to be on the outside. Sometimes they are symptoms of a potentially more serious problem. Perhaps this one is something that could eventually be exploited by a hacker. On the other hand, I understand that programmers with limited time must prioritize thier work, so I don't mean to be too critical. Speaking to any SpamCop personnel who may be around: I have some ideas on how to collect more information on this problem, but they are things I don't have the power to implement. For example, if I could re-send the complete original submission email message, with all the attached spam, to the Quick Reporting address, without the risk of sending duplicate reports, and then observe whether or not the same problem happens again, it might tell us whether something about the submission email message (i.e. the particular combination of spam message attachments) is causing the problem to happen. Doing this, we might also find a way to consistently force the problem to happen - a very important first step for a programmer seeking to resolve a problem such as this.
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