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    (ADMIN) clickable links, not a "bug"
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Oct 29, 14:11 -0700

    Just a reminder for everyone: making links on the NavList message boards "clickable" is a mere convenience --not a necessity. There is no "bug". It is true that there are some very few NavList members who have no clue how to copy and paste and for them links that aren't clickable are a great mystery. If you discover someone like that, offer them help with this most basic of computer tasks. Teach them how to copy and paste --and if possible offer that aid off-list. Of course for the rest of you, it is trivially easy to copy and paste any link into the address bar, and you may well be shocked that there are, in fact, people who don't know how to do this.

    Again, this is not a bug; it is a design choice in the current system. I repeat with a bit more emphasis: THIS IS NOT A BUG. Please, Gary, no more pointless tests! Just relax and stop obsessing over this. Any message that you send that has "un-clickable' links gets the information to other NavList users just as well as when the links ARE clickable. Don't you realize that??

    Now, on a more positive note, in the very near future, there will be a great variety of new posting features that will enable you to do all sorts of things including controlling the appearance of links at a level far finer than you can get now. In addition, message numbers will be available in individually emailed messages (currently they are available in the digests and summaries and also on the message boards). And it will also be possible for email subscribers to decide just what sort of messages they want to receive in individual emails (options already available in digests): pure plain text, marked up html messages (in other words with clickable links, italic/bold text, etc.), with or without attachments. All of these things will be available because I code ("program") the NavList messaging system. The engine running all of this consists of dozens and dozens of pages of computer code. It's not just a matter throwing a switch. Since NavList is a hybrid system with many users who absolutely prefer email and others who absolutely prefer web-based message boards, this process involves dealing with numerous special cases, primarily because email is so diverse and is produced by so many different products.


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