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From Marvin Humphrey <>
Subject Re: Mail command to allow marvin emails
Date Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:09:52 GMT
On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM, John D. Ament <> wrote:

> So, if in the future we wanted to do this proactively we can send
> or does it always require the first failed message?

When I became IPMC chair, I worried a lot about automated report
reminders getting through to new podlings, to the point of checking
dev list archives and subscribing in order to send manual reminders
when the automated reminders did not arrive.

There's a better way.

When a podling fails to report, make absolutely sure they get added to
next month's queue -- and make absolutely sure that they stay in that
queue until they finally come through with a report.

This is why includes tasks for setting and clearing
the "monthly" tag in podlings.xml.

Taking this approach not only addresses the problem of comatose
mailing list moderators, but a number of other more general problems
related to low activity.

Several years ago, the IPMC typically didn't take any action when
podlings failed to report, and as a result we had a number of podlings
failing to report for several quarterly cycles.  It was a mess.  We're
better now.

Marvin Humphrey

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