} Joe, you've always been one of my savvier supplicants, so I'm going to
} let you in on what's happened. (By the way, I still get tickled by the
} [grovel.h] package, but watch out for the Copy Protection features.)
} Yes, as you suspected, some of the Priests WERE starting to get a bit
} overwhelmed, but the problem is not precisely what you think it is.
} What with the increasing numbers of Internet users, more publicity via
} NewsServers, and now the Web access, you can imagine how many really
} pathetic questions come in. When it gets to be TOO much, it's always
} been the Priests' option to resort to a file of some of their own
} really pathetic answers, to use on persistant troublemakers. (Uh, if
} certain supplicants **repeatedly** ask ditzy stuff, there's no point in
} reinforcing them, right?) I NEVER subcontract the ZOT -- but the
} priests can just send off an automated disappointment from their
} Bore_File, leaving the supplicant convinced that dialing up an AOL
} Forum, or playing with their toes would be more exciting.
} The problem was, some of these ditz types discovered the archived
} digests, and a few of the brighter ones (everything is relative,
} right?) figured out that they were getting sub-standard personal
} answers. You'd think that would serve as a pretty good hint, but
} despite this, many of them kept right on posting really dumb questions.
} The Priests' solution was to construct phoney Digests, so when these
} turkeys log on, they automatically receive special Mostly_Drivel
} Digests instead of getting the Nuggets_of_Truth. Naturally we use the
} same questions as in the real Digests, but we substitute answers from
} the Bore_File.
} (No, we NEVER count THEIR votes.)
} Of course, none of this was meant to apply to you, Joe. What happened
} in your case is this -- ONE of the offending types ALSO uses that
} [grovel.h] package. As a result of a computer glitch in our Ditz
} Recognition Subroutine, your account was mis-keyed so that BOTH of you
} automatically receive the Drivel Digest, instead of the real one. (I'm
} not surprised that YOU noticed, Joe, but you'd be amazed how many of
} THEM still think they're getting the real thing. Eventually most of
} them go away and do something else, which is the whole idea.)
} So, what to do about this glitch? Yeah, it's *possible* to make the
} adjustment at this end, Joe, but then you're about due for a grovel
} package update anyhow, so why don't you just take care of THAT, and you
} should have access to the real digests again.
} T. U. Oracle