Thank you for your reply. Must have been a copy paste error with ‘spark’ v. ‘smack’. Just reproduced now against my server verifying consistent resources of ‘smack’. Also sent same messages to igniterealtime.org and that did indeed work.
So there must be something with my server. Is there any configuration settings that may affect this? I have poked and prodded it often since setting it up.
My server is also built from the 3.6.4 source and I made a change to allow components to create pubsub subscriptions, but that should not affect privacy lists.
I am always hesitant to put latest “trunk” code into a production environment so that is why I built from the 3.6.4 branch instead of latest.