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The Ask/Tell/failure feature could use some clarity.

In chapter 6, page 98 shows a couple of code snippets demonstrating the Ask/Sender.Tell feature. In Fig 6.21, the code calls Sender.Tell(Status.Success). There is no else-Sender.Tell(Status.Failure).

The questions this bring to mind are these.

The implication is that if we don't Tell with Success, there is an implicit Tell with Failure. Is this correct? What happens if there is an exception? Does the 'Ask'er get a response?

I think this section needs a little work. When talking about error handling, the most important question on my mind is how do I tell the user that their request didn't go through?

It would be nice to get some design pattern guidance. I imagine that I have a process manager which submits requests to potentially troublesome actors. When it gets a Failure back, it could then post to a channel/pipeline which will eventually alert the user.

Is the pattern I've described a good one? Are there better patterns? What are best practices?