Twin Peaks Usenet Archive
Subject: Re: How does Re: work?
From: email@example.com (Kris Stephens [Hail Eris!])
Date: 1991-01-17, 09:29
Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kris Stephens [Hail Eris!])
In article <91016.130810LJL4@psuvm.psu.edu> LJL4@psuvm.psu.edu (Lisa Laidlaw) writes:
> >Would someone explain to me how it could be that I receive posts that
> >are titled as replys to other titles, when I don't get the original?
> >Do you know what I mean? Not a great explanation, but is it possible
> >that I don't get all posts about TP? Why might that happen?
> >TX. Lisa
Well, it works like this... The netnews is forwarded from site-
to-site based on when an article arrived at a particular site,
what neighbor sites it "feeds", and the subscription and delivery
methods in place between each site. (Sometimes it amazes me that
this network works at all -- there's no centralized control.)
One special way to set up a subscription is to feed locally-
written articles (that is, written by a user on "this system")
to a neighbor (or neighbors) and not forward any other articles,
because those neighbors are too well-connected to need the whole
shebang. What happens, then, is this:
site_A forwards article 1 to site_B (along with
a whole batch)
site_B!reader sees and follows-up to article 1,
making article 2, which is on a local feed to
from site_B to site_C.
Contact is made fairly quickly between site_B and
site_C, delivering the (local from site_B) article
2 (the followup), but nothing else from the newsgroup,
including article 1.
site_C batches the followup to site_D (yours), but
has never seen article 1 because it hasn't yet made
contact with site_A. site_C and site_A do make
contact, say an hour later, and site_C acquires
article 1, but that's long after it has already
forwared the followup.
Thus, you'll get the followup from site_B!user without seeing
the original article until later.
What's this got to do with Pin Tweaks? Not much, but BOB would
probably like the seeming disjunction.
-- Kristopher Stephens, | (408-746-6047) | email@example.com | KC6DFS Amdahl Corporation | | | [The opinions expressed above are mine, solely, and do not ] [necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Amdahl Corp. ]