[vcf-midatlantic] Off Topic: Confirmed fix for your messages being in an attachment

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jul 1 16:37:11 UTC 2021

On 7/1/21 11:33 AM, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Dave McGuire makes quite a case for not supporting HTML and not
> providing various attachments. Others have also. To me they appears to
> be a "traditional" view of email, one I happen to agree with. But others
> may not be interested in traditional views of email, and so not persuaded.

  Speaking of "a traditional view of email" suggests that there are
other views, and it further suggests that this is a matter of "views" in
the first place.

  The RFCs have not changed.  The protocols have not changed.  The
reasoning behind the design decisions made during the creation of both
have not changed.  The drawbacks to abusing the protocols and the
problems that this causes have not changed.

  And (for me) above all, my desire to not allow J. Random Mouthbreather
who wants to use complex tools without learning anything about them
first to override how MY computer systems display textual content
intended for me to read has most definitely not changed.

> But as I noted earlier in this email: others may not be persuaded by
> what amount to "traditionalist" views in modern use of the Internet. To
> old people it should not be a surprise that young people may not be
> interested in prior practices.

  It's not a perfect analogy, but it's close: If I'm standing before a
judge in a courtroom, I probably would not have a very good day if I
were to explain to the judge that I, as a person with my own "view", was
not interested in prior practices regarding speed limits and was not
"persuaded" by others who were trying to keep me out of jail.

  A person can use a crescent wrench to pound in a nail.  It will
probably eventually get the nail in, but the person is still an idiot.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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