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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Administrivia: html duplicates

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Administrivia: html duplicates
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:31:58 +0000
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"Andrew Savory" <address@hidden> wrote:
> tempted to include all of MJ's reply here, to get round Jon's
> killfiling, but that would be malicious, wouldn't it? :-)

Yes.  Also funny.

> On 2/4/08, MJ Ray <address@hidden> wrote:
> > By the way, I think the only non-gmail-users who regularly send html
> > email to my work are a marketing company who have a letterhead
> > graphic.  I'll leave the interpretation of that to others.
> My interpretation is that you only appeal to a certain demographic :-)

Yes, I'm a pragmatist and working in a small business, I think it's
easiest to find a niche and fill it.  Lately, I'm finding enough work
among those who have some idea about sensible internet use, such as
when to use html email (it's fine for newsletters and certain types of
content IMO) and when to use text (basic communication, like a
discussion mailing list), that I'm probably not trying to convert many
heathens.  So, I've much respect for those of you that are sowing the
seeds in such stony ground, even if I am suspicious of some of the
wilder anecdotal claims.

> Looking back at the companies I've interacted with over the last month
> or so, they are all HTML mailers. However they are all medium/large
> enterprises, so I suspect that's where the centralised IT / MS Outlook
> factor kicks in.

Probably.  I think few of my customers have centralised IT (I can't
always tell, as often the web hosting isn't central even if the rest
of the IT is).  Even the medium/large enterprises, the people I'm
working for generally don't use the centralised IT's email software,
because they consider it defective in some way.  In the one case that
I can think of where they do, the centre is clueful.  See above.

> > Anyway, the summary/count has been sent to the other list admins and
> > should be posted here tomorrow.
> Must have missed it ....

Paid work delayed it.  Sorry about that.  Anyone want to sponsor list
admin work? ;-)

> Meanwhile, in a previous reply, you said:
> > comments on this are now closed.
> Can I be the first to point out that you can't "close" comments on a
> mailing list (unless of course you go moderated). [...]

Yes, but that would also be pedantic and taking it out of context -
what I meant was that I didn't intend to count any more comments to
-admin about that subject.

Anyway, my interpretation of the results: despite the heat/length of
the list discussion, few people cared either way and a small majority
of those wanted to keep filtering.

MJ Ray http://mjr.towers.org.uk/email.html tel:+44-844-4437-237 -
Webmaster-developer, statistician, sysadmin, online shop builder,
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