Missionary email system

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Missionary email system

Postby bartbarker » Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:15 pm

I'm curious about the email system missionaries use to communicate with their families. My son is serving in the West Indies Mission and has an email address in this format: eldername@myldsmail.net. He has occasionally mentioned that the email system is a problem. Often he can't get on to read or write email. Perhaps this is because of the number of missionaries that hit the system around the same time of day.

The problem is that missionaries don't have much time to do their email on p-days. When they have these problems they often don't have time to write much more than "hello, we're out of time because of email problems."

Is the system inadequate to support the number of missionaries who use it? Are there plans to improve the system? My son has only a few months left to serve, and I appreciate the fact that he has access to email at all. I really appreciate the Church for providing a safe system for this. But I can see the problem continuing and growing as the number of missionaries grows.

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Postby thedqs » Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:25 pm

During mission, Brazil, I rarely had a problem with the system, except for internet connection troubles or that the system disallowed all cookies which meant you couldn't log into anything jsut browse. Could try using a different LAN house if possible.
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Postby bartbarker » Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:15 am

He has experienced this in Houston (where he was temporarily assigned), as well as in the countries of Barbados and Guyana, where he has served. I've heard others mention the problem, so I have a sense that there is something to it.

I'm not trying to be critical. It's great that the Church has a system for the missionaries, helping to insulate them from other things that are on the Web. (When I served a mission, personal computers hadn't even been invented. Every time I receive an email from him the same day he sent it, I marvel.)

But there seems to be a problem with the missionary email system some of the time. That's why I am curious about the system being used and why it might be failing sometimes.

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Postby WelchTC » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:13 am

I'm sorry but I don't have any data on this. I'll pass message along.

Tom

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Archive?

Postby greenwoodkl » Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:08 pm

Perhaps this has been addressed since I returned home 2+ years ago, but I'd like to see an archive of the messages on MyLDSMail.net available for missionaries before their accounts are disabled post-mission. I have some of the emails I manually copied and pasted into MS Word, but I wish I could've archived my emails to review later as a secondary source of what happened on my mission prior to my account deactivation.

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Postby thedqs » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:28 pm

Have you tried your account recently to know if it is deactivated? You might still be able to get ahold of those e-mails. (This might be only for people with really unique e-mail addresses).

I would still appriciate a POP3 interface though so I could quickly download all the e-mails using POP3 protocal.
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Postby greenwoodkl » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:25 pm

My account was deactivated over a year ago. The emails may be in some archival file if only my rights to access were revoked. But I got no helpful response from tech support, I just think that future and current missionaries could use the feature - including my brother who is scheduled to go out in about a year.

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Postby bartbarker » Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:05 pm

kgthunder wrote:Perhaps this has been addressed since I returned home 2+ years ago, but I'd like to see an archive of the messages on MyLDSMail.net available for missionaries before their accounts are disabled post-mission. I have some of the emails I manually copied and pasted into MS Word, but I wish I could've archived my emails to review later as a secondary source of what happened on my mission prior to my account deactivation.


I have been keeping emails from my missionary son. I'll copy them to a disc for him when he returns. When I write to him I've been sending copies to his Yahoo Mail account. I don't know if that account will still be active when he hasn't accessed it for a couple of years. If not, I have copies of the emails I've sent as well.

But you're right: it would be very useful if a missionary could download all the emails at the end of the mission to create a kind of journal and history.

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POP3 and MyLDSMail

Postby zholmquist-p40 » Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:25 pm

As a recently returned missionary, I can honestly say how
incredibly *slow* myldsmail is . . . it is way over featured
and too bulky for what it needs to really do.

Is the ability to find Elder Hollands e-mail a function a missionary
really needs?!

Of course being a little more literate in Internet Technology than
my cohorts, we set up a nice little system, which may be a little
complex, but being able to POP3 my emails out successfully
and save them to a disc has been of great value.

In a nutshell. . .
MyLdsMail allows you to forward emails ( probably end after
this post ) to another account you have. We forwarded it
Gmail, I mean it offers 2GB of space, more than plenty to
keep 2 years of stuff in it AND it allows for POP3 access.

Having returned it was just a matter of downloading Thunderbird
from Mozilla Corporation, turning on my POP3 option, and getting
everything hard copied on my drive, than burning it to a disc.

I also am aware that Gmail allows you to send e-mails through
another account, Settings->Account->Send mail as:
but that would be going far beyond what is needed . . . or even
allowed.

Maybe that has sparked some ideas for those of you wanting
to save your e-mails.

I just assume the Church strike a deal with Google . . .
I understand Novel was done by a member, but it needs
a serious over haul and slimmed down and quite frankly
missionaries would love the space or be taught how to
save their e-mails in another form.

Zach

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Postby tagis72-p40 » Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:44 pm

OK here is the deal i am a missionary in the field right now!!!! and i have experienced all of what you are talking about and i will be 100% honest the MYLDSMAIL system is the worst email ever!!!!!!!
i have tried to use it but am way too annoyed to continue... like barker said he wants to keep his sons emails and stuff as a record so he has kinda a journal... well people the myldsmail system only has a 10MB limit no matter what you do that is not enough for 2 years... or even 18 months... not to mention the crappy interface the thing has... novel is the worst system ever and its not getting better... the church needs to get over the whole fact that a Mormon made it and get on to better things.
if you look at any email service that is successful they are so many light years ahead of myldsmail its not even funny... myldsmail cant even hold a candle to gmail... or even yahoo mail... and spam filters are no different on myldsmail than they are on any other legitimate email service don't tell me the church has some more high tech filters cuz just by looking at the mail service there is no way there filters are better than any other place unless that is where they are spending all the money cuz they sure aren't spending it on improvements of the interface... the fact is the church is just afraid to move away from there novel security blanket... we need to move on and improve the way missionaries comunicate with families. and getting a better email service will fix sooo many problems.... oh and one last thing... when a missionary gives out his email to people he really cares for and taught for months but will be invalid at teh end of his or her mission thats stupid... get an email that will not expire and stop wastering good tithing money for some internal email system that is poor and not user friendly... there is a reason that these other services such as googles gmail are so successful and its because they are more experienced and have better service... lets take the next step and save money for the church on bandwidth... i know we have billions of dollars in tithing i work as a financial elder and see how much money we spend alone here in the office... but come on people we are in a new and up and coming generation we need something better and nows our chance to do it!


oh and in regards to your sons yahoo account if he dosent log in for 3 months his email is gone! sorry to burst your bubble ..... gmail on the other hand will never expire no matter if you log in or not ever!....... just a tip i guess....
Enjoy!
that is totally my opinion comming from my own experiance in the mission field right now i would love to hear any one else's opinions too! (who have had experiance using myldsmail, not from some RM like 20 years ago) haha

Thnaks


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