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    Re: Attachments on Nav-L list
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2005 Aug 28, 22:54 +0100

    Frank Reed wrote-
    >Bah. Attachments are no big deal. Anyone who says otherwise is  just running
    >you through a 'fraternity initiation rite'. Long-term members of  the list
    >have used attachments on a regular basis. You can sort the list  archives "by
    >attachment" if it interests you.
    >That said, clicking on an  attachment requires an extra flex of the mousing
    >finger muscle and this is  precious energy that many list members cannot spare
    >(myself included ),  so attachments often go unread. If you want to reach
    >the widest possible  audience on Navigation-L, you will do better without
    >attachments. Yet if your  point is made best with one, then that is what
    >you should
    >  use.
    Frank dismisses, with apparent contempt, the perfectly reasonable request
    that Dan Hogan has made of Nav-l members, that we should avoid sending
    attachments, useful though they would be. There are at least two reasons
    for that request-
    1.  That those with dial-up connections are not plagued with unwanted
    messages with long download times, as Geoffrey Kolbe has made clear.
    2. More important, to minimise the risk of virus transmission. One
    respected member (at least) has stated that he discards all email messages
    that come with attachments, for that very reason.
    What's more, Frank encourages others to show the same indiscipline. I hope
    he will not succeed.
    There are viable alternatives. If a poster has such information to send, he
    can ask interested parties to contact him and then send such wanted
    attachments off-list. Or he can post up his information on a website and
    invite listmembers to read it there.
    If Frank objects to the list's rules, he should ask Dan Hogan if he is
    willing to alter them; not try subverting them himself.
    Contact George at george@huxtable.u-net.com ,or by phone +44 1865 820222,
    or from within UK 01865 820222.
    Or by post- George Huxtable, 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13
    5HX, UK.

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