Re: Signature Files
Paul D Russell (72147.3443@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Sat, 20 Nov 1993 19:12:43 EST
It's not the sig files that bother me so much, except, of course, when
the sig file is bigger than the message. What sets me off <soapbox on>
are the replies that include several screens worth of stuff that I've
already seen. It gets really annoying when a couple of folks get into a
dialogue that runs through several postings, each of which contains the
complete text of all the previous postings. (I'm not making this up - it
happened yesterday.) It would sure be nice if folks with "free" mail
access would have some consideration for those of us who pay - by the
byte - for incoming Internet mail <soapbox off>.
You can achieve some small reduction in the volume of mail that you are
receiving from the list, without missing a single posting, by using the
DIGEST option. Send e-mail to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (this is a relatively new address)
with the following line as the text of the message:
set scouts-l digest
Instead of receiving each individual posting as a seperate mail file, you
will receive one mail file per day, however, it will contain all of the
postings for that day. At the beginning of each digest file is a list of
the topics and the number of messages for each topic. You'll still have
all the embedded sig files, but you'll only have one set of mail headers,
instead of a set for each posting. Personally, I find that the digest
makes it easier to follow the threads.
Don't do this if you're on a system/service that limits the size of
incoming Internet mail files, unless the limit is at least 100K or more.
The SCOUTS-L digest averages approximately 40-50K per day, however, over
the past 2 months it has ranged from less than 2K to nearly 100K.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City