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

Douglas Crawford touchetek at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 16:52:05 UTC 2021

To new readers, if you want to avoid your messages being turned into
an attachment on this mailing list, set your transmission to plain text.
This board presently will take an HTML *mode* email and convert it to
an attachment whether you have explicitly used HTML features or not.

On 7/1/2021 12:37 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> 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

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