There seems to be a problem how the newsgroupd comp.lang.ruby is
handled. Here a concrete example to demonstrate it:
(1) I have posted a message to comp.lang.ruby via Newsoffice (a web
Newsreader, http://www.newsoffice.de). You can see this posting for
From the header of this posting, one can see that there is a gateway
involved, mapping comp.lang.ruby postings to the mailing list
(2) I received a followup to this posting which you can see at
My posting was obviously read by someone subscribed to Ruby-Talk, and
his reply was obviously sent to the mailing list, not to the
comp.lang.ruby gateway. Since I am not subscribed to Ruby-Talk
- actually, I wasn’t even aware of the existence of this mailing
list -, I would not have even noticed that I got a followup to my
posting. I found out by accident, when I did a search with Google
Groups (http://groups.google.com/) and, since GoogleGroups is subscribed
to Ruby-Talk and also recognized that there was a message to my original
post, I found that reply.
(3) I posted a followup to that message using GoogleGroups. That
message was of course directed to the ruby-talk mailing list directly,
not to comp.lang.ruby, since the message I was replying to, (2), was
also to the Mailing List, and Googlegroups can’t know from this context
that it should post the reply to comp.lang.ruby.
(4) Then I received a message from the ruby-talk mailing list that I am
not a member of the Ruby-Talk list and hence are not allowed to send
The problem seems that though everyone can post to the ruby-talk mailing
list via comp.lang.ruby gateway, only members can post to the mailing
list directly. This has the consequence that a message posted to
comp.lang.ruby can be read by subscribers to ruby-talk AND
but followups to such a posting don’t necessarily show up in the
comp.lang.ruby usegroup. In other words: The gateway between
comp.lang.ruby and ruby-talk is one way only.
Maybe there is an error how that gateway between comp.lang.ruby and
ruby-talk is configured? How can one find out who is responsible for
operating this gateway?