AOL Non-Lameness

Rick Kunkel kunkel at
Mon Oct 2 22:39:27 UTC 2006

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
> > 
> > srs
> > 
> > [quote]
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> > [unquote]
> 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.  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

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