Gordon, Lynne & Tracy
2014-06-24 22:04:45 UTC
The responses are still flooding in with requests to remain subscribed. That is just excellent, many thanks to all of you who have written to us.
This post is just to let you know what will happen when Gordon creates the new group. As you?re subscribed to it, you will be sent an Email just as you were when you joined the group. Despite this, please don?t start posting to the new address until we tell you that it?s operational. Further, there will be a short outage of service. This is inevitable as Gordon changes the DNS settings for the domains over to the new servers. Usually, your provider will pick up the change quite quickly; but it isn?t unknown for it to take between 12 and 24 hours for it to happen with some of the most rigid providers whose DNS systems only poll one of the 13 global NS systems once or twice a day. In the norm, however, it only takes a matter of minutes.
Also, it is possible that, if you have used the group at one address in the same session as it changes to a new one, you may get an outage until you reboot. This is because most systems retain temporary caches of name servers and IP addresses so that they don?t have to keep continually polling the provider?s servers. This happens behind the scenes and, unless you know how to disable or modify this behaviour in your operating system?s IP stack rules, there isn?t much that you can do about it other than rebooting.
Anyway, please don?t panic if you see new subscription messages but mail bounces or other odd things happen. Things will settle themselves down eventually and I will make a point of writing to each and every one of you to tell you when the change-over is complete. Please know that we do care about our members and we will make this transition as seamless as possible for everybody.