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    Default Spam?

    Since about this forum was created I experienced that I almost completely lost contact to Mike Bushell and others.
    Now I have been informed that my latest message to the support team has been filtered out by spam software. I am wondering if this happens more often than not?
    At times I get a message through to Mike and he seems to be surprised to hear from me again. Perhaps it would be in order to adjust the spam filters anew?
    This lost contact with the programmer(s) is disappointing for me and I am missing the good old times ... oh well ...
    Best wishes
    Wieland
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    Wieland,

    I've had the very same thing happen to me. I thought Mike might be far too busy to reply to a couple of emails I sent him, but now that you mention it, I'm beginning to think it could well be a problem with the spam filter. Particularly since I wrote to tech support as well, and have had no answer so far... It sure would be nice to hear from Mike again :-)

    Rubn Gmez

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    Hi Wieland and Ruben-

    It's good to hear from old friends. As you are aware, spam has increased to alarming proportions. We get hundreds of viruses and spam messages at our personal work addresses these days. At times it seems that spam will render email usuable. It is highly likely that messages have been lost, despite our best efforts. In addition, we are, of course, busy doing what we usually do -- working on BibleWorks!

    Michael

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    This situation is not satisfying. So, what can be done?
    What spam software do you use? Would it be possible to use a "friend" word in the header to get through?
    Today for 90-95% of my emails to M. Bushell I get no answer. A year or so ago, this was 0%. This is frustrating.

    PS: We have currently a very effective spam software installed that reduces spam about 95%. It first rejects EVERY email. Only when it is resent from the sending mail server it will get through. Normal mail servers will try to deliver an email for the next 5 days. To the contrary spam is normally a "fire once only" process.
    Best wishes
    Wieland
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    Textcritical commentary:
    http://www-user.uni-bremen.de/~wie/TCG/index.html

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    Default Re: Spam

    Hi,

    I hate to think that my post may come through as one of those "me too" messages, but as a matter of fact, I have to agree with Wieland here. His experience has been mine too. I guess this shows how "old" and "friends" we are, Michael

    Couldn't you set up a "password" or something that would allow our messages to get through the spam filter? I would be happy to resend past messages if you write to me offlist and give me some instructions. Otherwise, it is pointless to email Mike (and I mention him because my message was directed to him), you, tech support, or anyone else.

    Thank you!

    Rubn Gmez

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    Default I'm Still Here

    Hi Guys,

    I'm still here. I too miss the old days, but I am afraid that the reality is that the volume of e-mail has exceeded my ability to keep up with it and do any programming. I try to answer all mail directed to my personal account but during times when volume is high that just isn't possible any more, in spite of my best efforts and intentions. I do read everything that comes through and answer critical items as best I can, though occasionally things that I would normally respond to get lost in spam. I get several hundreds of spam messages a day, many from valid names because peoples name lists have been compromised. It is a major hassle to filter through those. We use pop file to filter spam but it is not 100% reliable. It works well for people that I communicate with regularly, but otherwise is unpredictable. And I still have to manually check the spam list each day, often at the end of the day when I am tired.

    I often leave messages in my in box with the intention of getting to them eventually but sometimes they trickle down in the list and get forgotten. I don't know any good solution to this. The volume is just too high. Remember that we only have two programmers and anything that diverts us from that task hurts everyone more than you might realize. So I just ask for your patience and understanding.

    God bless,
    Mike

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    Well, these are rather weak excuses. But ok, I have to accept them.
    Best wishes
    Wieland
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    Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
    http://www-user.uni-bremen.de/~wie
    Textcritical commentary:
    http://www-user.uni-bremen.de/~wie/TCG/index.html

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    Thumbs up I think Mike and Michael do a great job!

    Hi Everyone:

    I normally just read messages on the forum and rarely respond, but I felt I had too with this topic.

    I appreciate Bibleworks software very much. Wie said " . . . these are weak excuses." I fail to see how the excuses are weak. I would rather have Mike and Michael spend their time making Bibleworks even better than spending hours daily sorting through emails!

    I currently have more than 1200 books in Libronix format. If you held a gun to my head I wouldn't be able to tell you who is the programmer for Libronix (or quickverse....etc.).

    I have found Bibleworks to be extremely stable and robust. I often reinstall my operating system on my 3 computers and more times than not have problems installing Libronix that are so severe I have to go to their website and search for error codes to my problems. I have never had any problems reinstalling Bibleworks when I've needed too.

    If you have a critical problem with Bibleworks, sure email Mike Or Michael. It sounds as if some people are sending emails that are NOT critical though. I would say to post non critical problems and questions here (allowing other users to help) so Mike and Michael will have more time to do their jobs (just my opinion of course).

    Matthew

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    Default Amen

    Matthew,

    I could not have said it better! Amen and Amen again!
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    I am wondering how the next beta testing will work, if this situation remains ...
    Best wishes
    Wieland
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    Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
    http://www-user.uni-bremen.de/~wie
    Textcritical commentary:
    http://www-user.uni-bremen.de/~wie/TCG/index.html

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