Note: lost mails:
I became aware that some (many?) mails sent to me
have been lost due to multiple reasons.
In case you miss an answer, resend your mails please.
- People playing with the configuration of the central
mail server at our computing center at GWDG. Mails are then not delivered,
but you (should) get an answer that I don't exist (well,
bad luck that this happened e.g. exactly at the submission
deadline of ESWC 07 where I was program co-chair).
- sometimes the network connection between GWDG and the
institute is physically broken. People are sometimes playing
with an excavator in the garden. After insufficient repairs,
sometimes rain pours into the cables.
Then the buffers seem to overflow with non-delivered mails.
Not all mails are delivered later.
- mails wrongly marked as SPAM by overly critical spam traps
(sometimes the mail is marked and delivered, sometimes, it is
just removed without any notice).
This occurs mainly in two cases:
- mails sent via google or hotmail etc. Especially this happened
to questions and enquiries from foreign students using mail
servers/addresses in countries that are known as global spam sources.
- mails sent via mailing lists or conference management
systems. The latter is a common problem that also concerns people
at other universities (after my experiences as PC co-chair of ESWC 2007
with a fairly large PC; I estimate about 5-10% of all scientists).
- I assume that there are further problems when accessing the
mail through the institute's and the GWDG infrastructure.
Up to now, it has not been possible to trace these problems;
enquiries at the technical services are not always answered
in a satisfactory way. There seem to be known problems with the
detection of the size of mails in the IMAP servers. As long
as noone is willing to debug this, we have to live with it.