Saturday, June 26, 2004


Talk about Gmail good or bad. If you want an invitation look elsewhere. If you ask for, offer, create a contest for, or do just about anything else that involves asking for or giving away invites you will be banned.

If you act like an ass I'll kick yours.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

GMail Help Center

GMail Help Center, but it looks like you have to be logged in to go there.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

SpamAssassin Flags GGs Moderation Notification

Spam detection software, running on the system " ", has
identified this incoming email as possible spam. The original message
has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn't spam) or block
similar future email. If you have any questions, see
admin@ .com for details.

Content preview: There is a pending message in GROUPNAME group. Check
the moderation queue. Google Groups

Received: by with SMTP

id u14mr54997cwc; Return-Path:

X-Priority: 3 Importance: Normal [...]

Content analysis details: (5.8 points, 5.0 required)

pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
0.3 NO_REAL_NAME From: does not include a real name
0.9 FROM_ENDS_IN_NUMS From: ends in numbers
3.5 TRACKER_ID BODY: Incorporates a tracking ID number
1.1 MAILTO_TO_SPAM_ADDR URI: Includes a link to a likely spammer email

The original message was not completely plain text, and may be unsafe to
open with some email clients; in particular, it may contain a virus,
or confirm that your address can receive spam. If you wish to view
it, it may be safer to save it to a file and open it with an editor.

Monday, June 21, 2004

New GMail Accounts = Lost Groups

People have been reporting that when they obtained and activated a new GMail account, that their ownership status is lost in GoogleGroups. This happens because your GoogleGroups account is updated to your new GMail address if you are logged into both services.

The fix is to log out, then log back into GoogleGroups with your old email address. (You may have to create a new GoogleGroups account.) When you log back in with the original address, your groups should reappear in your ownership list, and then you can add your GMail account, and give it moderator powers.

It seems also that if you are logged into GGs with a Mozilla flavor, and logged into GMail with an IE flavor, that this problem is avoided, because the cookies stored are different.

Reference: TexasCritter's post in glg2: SnipUrl:

Sunday, June 20, 2004

G-Mailto associates "mailto" email links on the web with GMail.


From the site:

The Program

One night I was going through 250KB javascript file that is GMail, figuring out how it works. After a bit I discovered that I could link directly to the Compose page pretty easily (among other things). Mix that with some obscure registry knowledge and BLAMO! G-Mailto is born and Mailto links are no longer just an annoyance.

G-Mailto is a utility that automatically associates "mailto" email links on the web with GMail. So clicking a link like this: Email me! will open up the GMail compose window instead of opening up something like Outlook Express that doesn't work with GMail (yet).

If you are not logged in, it will bring you to the GMail login screen and redirect you to the compose window after you log in. If you use cookies then you dont even have to worry about that.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

GMail Sneak Peek

Friday, June 18, 2004

GroupName "unsuitable"

"Google Employee" states that this is due to overaggressive filtering, and will be fixed:

GROUPNAME "unsuitable"

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

[Tags] Enabled

Happy to report that [Tags] are now enabled on googlegroups. They are strictly WYSIWYG, if you want [ ] you'll have to put them in.

GoogleGroups FAQ


* Q. What is the posting link for my GoogleGroup?
* A. Post at:

* Q. Where is the GoogleGroups help page?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where is the GoogleGroups TOS (Terms of Service)
* A. Go to

* Q. Is there an official GoogleGroups support group?
* A. Yes.

* Q. Where can I report abuse to GoogleGroups?
* A. Send it to:

* Q. Where can I change my email delivery options?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I allow or disallow invitations and direct adds?
* A. Go to

* Q. How can I e-mail the owner of a GoogleGroup?
* A. Send it to

* Q. Is there a support address?
* A. There is a support address:
There is a feedback address:

* Q. Where do I log in?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where is my GoogleGroup's homepage?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I manage all my Google Accounts?
* A. Go to

* Q. How do I change my groups description?
* A. Go to:

* Q. How do I set a [TAG] prefix for my GoogleGroup's group mail?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I set the group to public or private?
* A. Go to

* Q. How can I add or invite members?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I set my group to listed or unlisted?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I set the category for my GoogleGroup?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I change the name/web address (URL) of my GoogleGroup?
* A. Go to

* Q. How do I set the reply-to address for my GoogleGroup?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where do I view my watched (starred) topics?
* A. Go to

* Q. How do I create a GoogleGroup?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where can I see my members list?
* A. Go to

* Q. How do I get a subscription box for my site?
* A. Go to

* Q. Where do I set the default delivery mode (WEB or E-MAIL) for new subscribers to my group?
* A. Go to and select the desired drop.

* Q. Are GoogleGroups messages virus-filtered?
* A. Yes

* Q. Does GoogleGroups distribute attachments?
* A. Yes

* Q. How can I add a public website to my GoogleGroup description?
* A. Go to:

* Q. Where can I learn more about managing my GoogleGroups?
* A: Join Groople!

Getting Started

Google Groups Beta is the new groups alternative.

Here's a good place to start:

This is the official beta group for the new Google Groups.

See you there.

Bill Holmes