Metro Accidentally Sending Out Old Advisories
5:30 p.m. Update: Any e-mail advisory you got from Metro after 3 p.m. today is about something that happened this year, the transit authority says. The earlier listserv problem with a blitz of e-mail notifications leading to press releases from 2003 has been fixed.
These are not the e-Alerts. We have other issues with those notifications about problems on the lines. Today's trouble was with the e-mails sent from "METRO: Press Release" with the subject heading beginning "Metro News."
12:35 Update: Metro says the malfunction in its e-mail notification system for news releases began at 10:45 a.m. Subscribers can expect as many as 300 e-mails sent from "METRO: Press Release" with the subject heading beginning with "Metro News," but linking to news from 2003.
It's a listserv software problem, Metro says, and its IT department is working to fix it.
I know many readers are signed up to receive statements send out by Metro's Media Relations department. Those of you who do have seen a wave of them go out this morning -- all from 2003.
They included announcements about temporary suspensions of SmarTrip card sales, weekend track work and bus detours. Ignore them all. It's old news.
The transit authority says its computers are sending out advisories via e-mail that link to the 2003 statements. It's working on the problem, but doesn't know what is causing it at the moment.
July 22, 2009; 11:50 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , Metro
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