Why does it take so long for my post to be approved?

Corgi-L is a moderated list. At any time there may be anywhere from as few as 2 or 3 moderators on duty to as many as 6 or 7.

Corgi-L is a moderated list. At any time there may be anywhere from as few as 2 or 3 moderators on duty to as many as 6 or 7. Each incoming post is randomly assigned by the listserv to one of the moderators on duty, who then reads and approves (or responds) to the message. You can see exactly which moderator recieved your post for approval in the acknowledgement message you recieve after making your post. (If you do not get such an acknowledgement, then we may not have recieved your post – make sure you’re sending it to the right place.)

Now, while some of the moderators may seem to sit at our computers all day just waiting for posts to approve, the reality is that we all also have lives. If we’re going to be busy for an hour or two, we’ll stay in moderation and deal with any pending approvals when we return. If we’re going to be out for a more significant length of time, we’ll take ourselves out of moderation so that other moderators can deal with incoming requests.

So delays of up to a few hours are quite normal and expected.

If your post touches on a potentially controversial or sensitive area, it’s occasionally the case that the moderators will discuss it among themselves prior to taking action. That can also add a delay.

On top of everything mentioned so far, there’s an anti-spam technique that was recently implemented by the listserv host, TAMU. The first time you use a new email address to post to the list (or, potentially, send anything through the listserv) you may experience a one-time delay of somewhere between minutes and hours. This is normal, and expected. The length of the delay is a function of your email service, not the listserv. This is a side effect of a (fairly effective) spam prevention technique known as greylisting.