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    Re: (ADMIN) Linked files vs Attached files, and a scam
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Oct 24, 21:42 -0700

    Douglas, you wrote:
    "Don't be so pompous."

    Now, Douglas, you should be careful. You are spitting into the wind here. You know what happens when you do that, right?

    You asked:
    "Are you paying for the bandwidth or something?"

    Thank you for asking. Yes, I am, but that's not too expensive, and it's not the issue. The issue has to do with messages getting labeled as 'spam'. It has occurred to me --just a few minute ago-- that you may not actually know what "attach" means here. Whether you link or attach a message, it is available to anyone who visits the message boards at fer3.com/arc --this is an unknown number of people, over a hundred. It is also available as a link to anyone who receives NavList messages in daily digest email messages --about fifty more people. It is the SAME THING for all of those users. But the big difference is that an "attached" message is sent out as an email "attachment" (that's the technical name for it; it's where the word comes from) to all of the hundred-odd people who are signed up to receive NavList messages as individual email messages. It's delivered right to their email inboxes. So when you select "attach" for a one megabyte image, you are actually sending out roughly one hundred megabytes of data to a hundred people who did not ask for it. If any one of them decides to click the "This is spam" button for their email service, that will propagate to thousands of email hosts worldwide who will then refuse ALL messages from NavList (and also my other accounts) for some period of time, usually a week or two but possibly indefinitely.

    You added:
    "I don't like your tone."

    Non fa niente. I can live with that.

    You wrote:
    "It is NOT easy to use the linked files.You have to put that up into the heading with cut and paste - a damned nuisance..."

    Of course, it's easy. It is trivially easy. Perhaps you're doing something wrong.

    And you wrote:
    "And why have the different methods of attachment of pictures or linkage of files anyway?"

    I hope the explanation above clarified this for you. But since all files can be viewed on the web, whether attached or linked, it does raise the question, why attach AT ALL? I would say that the answer to that is that some people feel they make their point better when the graphic or diagram they've created is directly sent with the email for email-subscribed NavList users. It's more immediate that way, and for many traditional internet/email users, it seems more important that way. So that's what you should save the 'attach' feature for. Use it when a message would benefit from the immediacy of the attachment or use it if you feel your message has no value UNLESS the attachment is included.

    You concluded:
    "If I make a mistake and put pictures on the 'linkage' instead of an 'attachment' I shall re-send as I did . Make it not possible to do it if you don't like it."

    I have lots of options, Douglas, for dealing with such issues. I can easily set it up so that you and you alone are unable to attach files, for example. Do I need to do that, or did this explanation clarify things for you?

    -FER


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