David Martin wrote:
I have never attempted to attach anything to my messages to this list,
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%...
If you do NOT specifically select to use plain text through Gmail,
then it selects to us formatted text.
Most folks these days are using email clients that default to HTML or
Text format. If RootsWeb list servers rejected all of these messages,
wouldn't most of the lists have collapsed long ago?
has always been like this since it started close to
15 years ago. Of course, at that time no one used formatted text at
all. When formatted text did become available and it was realized
that formatted text could hide destructive programs for either
or for its users, it was decided continue to never allow
formatted text or attachments.
However, over the years, the programmers recognized that some
subscribers don't realize that their e-mail client automatically
formats their messages and the programmers attempted to filter out
the formatting. However this filtering does not always work
well. In some cases, it filters out the entire message. In other
cases, some formatting remains and thus the message bounces back to
the sender. In many cases, it works well enough.
As for whether RootsWeb.com
lists would collapse, I suggest that you
spend a year or two (it might take longer) browsing through the
thousands of messages in the archives of the many hundreds of lists
to see whether any have collapsed. Occasionally you will see what
would be called "garbage" characters here and there within a
message. That is formatting that was missed by the filtering that I
mentioned above -- usually just a single character or two.
The whole idea is that the rule is for two reasons -- to safeguard
the RootsWeb.con servers _and_ to safeguard your (and other
subscribers) computer system.
If you must use formatting in your messages then either you must
expect to keep getting message bounced back to you as being too long
or you will have to find some other place to post your messages. Of
course, you can always complain to the HelpDesk at
. However, I doubt that they will respond very differently.