[COMM-ORG] messy messages on COMM-ORG
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Fri Feb 4 09:12:14 CST 2011
You may have noticed that an increasing number of messages on COMM-ORG
are really messy. This is the result of an increasing number of groups
using mass e-mailing services that use sloppy database code to create
links in mass messages. When they go through COMM-ORG, the html content
is stripped, leaving the alternative text message that shows the actual
link. The problem is that, along with sloppy database standards that
create humongous links, the mass e-mailers also don't know how to create
a user-friendly text alternative message, so you get things like equals
signs at line breaks. And since the databased web addresses can run 5-6
lines, that makes the addresses unusable.
Please tell me which of these three choices you prefer:
1. I can stop forwarding those messages altogether.
2. I can continue forwarding them as is.
3. I can allow the fully formatted html messages to go through.
The drawback with the first choice is that it would eliminate nearly all
of the updates from larger community organizing groups.
The drawback with the second choice is that you would continue to get
messages where you would have to piece the links together and the sloppy
databasing makes the message almost unreadable.
The drawbacks with the third choice is that it wastes bandwidth,
discriminates against people with old computers and dial-up, and risks
letting a virus through. The virus risk is very slim, since it has to
go through the server virus checker, my own computer virus checker, and
then the server virus checker again. But the only way to eliminate the
risk is to send text-only messages. And the only way for people with
dial-up (still the only option except for really expensive satellite
broadband in some rural areas) to access such messages would be to turn
I won't post your opinions to the list unless you ask me to.
rstoecker at wisc.edu
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