Jules Verne Forum



Re: Attachments

From: Zvi Har'El <rl~at~math.technion.ac.il>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 23:24:10 +0300 (IDT)
To: Jules Verne Forum <jvf~at~math.technion.ac.il>

On Sun, 5 Apr 1998, Tim Unwin wrote:

> Am I alone in finding that large attachments on postings have recently
> become something of a problem on this otherwise excellent list?
> For those who are billed per second online, or for those who are
> simply in a hurry, it seems something of an unnecessary luxury to be
> receiving
> documents that may take several minutes to download, especially if it turns
> out that they don't require them anyway. Wouldn't it be better netiquette --
> and less wasteful of people's time and patience -- to put out a message
> first asking if anyone wants to receive a particular file, then to send
> it simply to those who request it?
> Tim Unwin.
Dear Tim, dear members,

I certainly in favor of your suggestion. This is perhaps my fault, as I didn't
wish to ``censor'' the Forum correspondence. However, every message which is
longer then 40,000 characters is bounced to me by Majordomo, the list server,
and I have to approve its transmission to the members. It happened twice in the
last two days that much longer messages, in the order of magnitude of 250,000
characters, arrived, and I approved them, reluctantly, I have to admit. In the
future I suggest that people don't send files to the forum, unless they are of
a moderate size, and that they just offer in their message to send the files to
those who request them. If I get messages of exceeding length, I'll edit them
by removing the attachment and adding a remark that an attachment was removed,
and people who wish to get this attachment are asked to contact the sender.
I hope that this arrangement is satisfactory. If you think I am wrong in this
decision, please let me know. On one hand, I want the correspondence in the
Forum to be completely free, but on the other hand, I don't want to hurt people
by sending huge mail messages. BTW, in my web page there is a special
depository, www.math.technion.ac.il/~rl/JulesVerne/forum/private/, which is
intended to deposit such files, and if needed, you can upload files to
ftp://www.math.technion.ac.il/pub/rl/ or send them to me as an attachment and I
can deposit them for you in that place so you can just announce their existence
to the forum without the need to mail them everywhere.

Best wishes,


Dr. Zvi Har'El     mailto:rl~at~math.technion.ac.il     Department of Mathematics
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