On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM, DMU-L Administrator wrote:
You indicate that your message was only 1560 _characters_. This is
much shorter than the 8 KB limit. There could be many reasons for
this. The usual reason is that the message was sent using formatted
text (HTML or Rich Text Format) and/or included some kind of
attachment which greatly increases the size of a message. No
mailing list allows formatted text or attachments in any
message because formatted text and attachments can carry programs,
etc. that can cause problems for receivers.
I have never attempted to attach anything to my messages to this list, and I
do not use any formatting. I do use Gmail, though, and I don't specifically
select the "plain text" option before sending a message to the list
(including this message; lets see if it bounces...). It is highly unlikely
that Gmail would add enough tags to an unformatted 2K message to increase
it's size by over 300%...
Most folks these days are using email clients that default to HTML or Rich
Text format. If RootsWeb list servers rejected all of these messages,
wouldn't most of the lists have collapsed long ago?
Another usual reason that messages are rejected due to being too
larges is that someone receiving the list traffic via a Digest
message then replies to the list quoting the entire Digest
message. A Digest message can be up to 20 KB in length.
I do not receive or reply to digest messages.