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Re: out of order messages from

 On Thu, 6 Mar 2008 12:33:32 -0500 
Ben Eisenbraun <[hidden email]> wrote: 

> I regularly get out of order messages from the BLU mailing list.  Out of 
> every 3 threads started, I inevitably seem to get replies to the original 
> post before the original post for one of them. 
> Does anyone else experience this?  I don't think there's anything wrong 
> with my mail set up, because I don't seem to have this problem with other 
> hosts, so I thought I'd check before plumbing too deeply into the Postfix 
> logs. 

As Seth mentions "This may be one of those "broken as designed" 
things--there's no guarantee that you'll receive email in the order 
that it's sent".  This is a function of the traffic as we have about 30 
listservs, and some are very verbose. Usually individual messages from 
a listserv go onto the postfix queue, and there is absolutely no 
explicit or implicit ordering scheme. We've also seen an increase in 
SPAM. When the queue is a few hundred, messages are processed 
relatively quickly and in order, but when it bumps above 1000 then 
things get out of order quickly. Right now the queue is just under 
3000, and it jumped up about 900 while I was composing this email. All 
this takes is a number of listservs to post messages. 
Jerry Feldman <[hidden email]> 
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