[Hpn] Please S T O P Sending A T T A C H M E N T S ! ! ! ! !

Curtis Seyfried curtisseyfried@mindspring.com
Wed, 7 Jun 2000 08:40:43 -0400 (EDT)

Please stop sending attachments - HTML, DOC, Win.dat, etc.

The proper ediquette would be to post an e-mail to the list stating the
content of the document you have and requesting that list members who would
like to RECEIVE the attachment contact you Personally, and then you can
send the attachment ONLY to Those who REQUEST that you send  it to THEM  ! ! !

>Many people including me automatically delete without opening any email
>with attachements (except for rare occasions when I have previously
>arranged to accept a specific file and am expecting it to come by
>attachment from a known individual.)  Increasing numbers of email lists
>are configured to delete attachments.
>There is more than one reason for this:
>1) Other people with way too much time on their hands have entertained
>themselves by creating destructive viruses that are spread through email
>attachments, even without the knowledge of the person whose email
>address is used to spread the virus.
>2) There are still many people, especially on lists like these with
>diabled and low-income members, who cannot receive or open attachments,
>whose email access is limited, or who pay by the time it takes to
>download the files you send to them.  Personally, I don't think it's a
>friendly thing to do to make some low-income brother or sister pay even
>10 cents extra because I want to send a large amusing graphic, without
>asking first if they want to receive it.
>Sending HTML email causes problems for the folks in category 2 also.  
>Many of us aren't accessing our email through a web browser.  I usually
>use a text-based email reader myself.  HTML email is wasted on me, and I
>usually delete it unread.  Other folks, like the ones using Juno
>accounts, may find themselves paying money for downloading a file they
>can't read.
>There is also more than one way around sending attachments or HTML.
>1) If you want your friends to see a graphic or an HTML file in full
>browser display, send a short description and the web address.
>2) To avoid sending your own email as HTML by default (Outlook is
>notorious for being configured this way unless you deliberately change
>it) change your email settings.  The method will vary according to your
>own email program.  Anyone is welcome to email me personally for help if
>you have any difficulty with doing this.
>3) You can easily send anything written in Word, or on a webpage, or in
>any other format by cut-and-paste.  
>A) Have both your email window and the window with the document you want
>to send open at the same time.
>B) In the window containing the document you want to send, highlight the
>text you want to send.  You can do this by pressing the command key and
>tapping "A" to "select all", or by placing the mouse cursor at the start
>of the text you want then pressing the key (left key on a PC) down and
>holding it while you drag the cursor to the end of the selection you
>C) From the menu, select "Edit/Copy" (the keyboard shorthcut for this is
>usually "Command+C"
>D) In the window containing your email document, place your cursor at
>the point you want to insert the text and click the mouse.  
>E) From the menu, select "Edit/Paste" (the keyboard shorthcut for this
>is usually "Command+P"
>I hope this will help us all decrease the digital divide for
>*everyone*. Leave no one behind -- including people who have older email
>programs than you do! :)
Peace and Good Health, (;->)
Curtis Seyfried	curtisseyfried@mindspring.com	410 East 156th St, 6A
Bronx, NY. 10455