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This page contains answers to common questions handled by our support staff, along with some tips and tricks that we have found useful and presented here as questions.

Note: In these answers we will follow a few shorthand conventions for describing user-interface procedures. Key combinations will be presented like this: Ctrl+Alt+Delete, which means that you should press and hold down the Control key, the Alt key, and the Delete key at the same time. Menu selections will be presented like this: File->Open, which means that you should open the File menu, and then make the Open selection.

  1. What is the eSquire mailing list manager?
  2. Why reinvent the wheel?
  3. What majordomo features are not supported by eSquire?
  4. What features are new to eSquire?
  5. Is eSquire Y2K safe?

What is the eSquire mailing list manager?

eSquire is my response to the majordomo mailing list manager.  I have been running a number of majordomo sites in recent years, and have found that remote administration is painful at best, and wished to create a simple replacement for majordomo with some of the nice features it supports.

During the development of this, I also decided to include support for autoreponders.   The two projects go together better than you might first think.

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Why reinvent the wheel?

Because I'm a geek.  No, seriously...  Because I have been maintaining a number of majordomo lists on a handful of sites, and have yet to see it done well.   Part of this may be my own ignorance.  Another part is my own arrogance.   I know that if I'm having trouble maintaining lists with majordomo, others are too.   And if I can make it easy to use, it will be a success.

I have been running an eMail based game server pbmserv@gamerz.net for ~5 years now.  I know the eMail side of the equation pretty well.  I have been doing CGI development for about 4 years, and thought that I would merge the two concepts.

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What majordomo features are not supported by eSquire?

Moderated lists are currently functional.  But only just.  I will be making this function simpler to use in an upcoming release.

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What features are new to eSquire?

WWW based management of lists
Autoreponders(!)
Integrated support for MHonArc and HyperMail
Banned user support
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Is eSquire Y2K Safe?

To the best of my knowledge, eSquire is Y2K safe.  eSquire does no date processing that goes across date boundries.  Any time eSquire does do a date function, if uses a 4 digit year format to avoid any ambiguity.

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