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Re: [aroid-l] images on Aroid-l

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] images on Aroid-l
  • From: "Leo A. Martin" leo1010@attglobal.net
  • Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 12:59:29 -0400

I would vote for no attachments, but perhaps an area where attachments screened for viruses could be posted.

Attachments spread viruses. Those of you unfortunate enough to be using some flavor of Outlook are at high risk. Remember that free is not always the best option with an E-mail program.

People outside the US usually have to pay for online connection time by the minute. Photos are expensive to download.

Photos are not necessarily of interest to all. I'm interested in the stinky aroids but think anthuriums are as interesting as dandelions, bowling, or rap music. Others don't share my opinions. I know it's hard for y'all to believe we don't want to see ALL your photos but it's true.

The cycad list (on Yahoo Groups) permits attachments and almost every week viruses are spread through the list. Some unwary list members have had awful problems. I haven't been troubled by them because I get the digest version of cycads, which comes with no attachments. Plus I don't use Outlook, "the hacker's path to your hard disk"(tm).

cacti_etc does not permit attachments and there is no space for posting them on the Agilent server. People who wish to post photos always seem to find a way to do so someplace, then post the URL in a message to cacti_etc.

Yahoo groups, a barely serviceable but wretched list service (get ready for oceans of spam with Yahoo), allows each list a file area. People upload the file, then compose the message with a statement about the file in question.

Leo A. Martin
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Like cactus and succulents?
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Alan Galloway wrote:
> My fingers got to happy a few moments ago with the Delete
> key and I deleted a message I wanted to reply to.  Hence this
> isn't a reply, as it should have been.
> Someone asked if the new Aroid-l would handle pictures......
> This new listserv certainly has the ability to handle pictures as
> well as many, many other options.  Because the Mobot server
> had been down for a few days longer than expected, we hurriedly
> switched the list over to the NCSU server.  This was done
> much sooner than we had planned.  The moderators have been
> testing a number of options to find out it they should be incorporated
> into the new listserv.
> As of right now, we are just trying to make the new listserv look like the
> old listserv.  As time permits we will continue with further testing of
> new options.
> There are a number of things we have to take into consideration when
> it comes to allowing pictures to be posted to the list,
> including such things as (but not limited to):
>     - viruses can easily be transmitted within images
>     - everyone doesn't have fast access to download large images
>     - what standard format should be set
>     - the amount of space required to archive messages with pictures
>          in them.
> We will continue to improve the service of the Aroid-l mailing list as
> well as implement as many new features as 'reasonably' possible.
> Alan

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