I wrote a fairly lengthy post a few minutes ago in the hope of getting some help. But after it was posted I cannot see it in the list of topics in the group. Search results show nothing. Where did it disappear?
Subject line was 'Check if input string conforms with DB collation' and was a question I have already asked on SO with no satisfactory answer.
It's there. Remember, this is a mailing list, not a forum, even if you approach it through a forum-like interface on the Web. E-mail is weird. Full stop. Mailing lists are even more weird. You may think it is synchronous, but it is not, and any cases that appear synchronous (even if they are the majority) are coincidence.