Truncated Digests !! [Was - Improve SCOUTS-L posts]
John Gallant (jag@PT.COM)
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 10:32:36 EDT
I happen to have another "Nit" to pick about the SCOUTS-L posts.
It goes along with the "WRAP-AROUNDS" topic presented by Elizabeth
I often receive *TRUCTATED* digests in my morning mail. In the
last few weeks I have had the misfortune to receive 3 shortened
digests. Our mail feed has a "legacy" feature still in it. When a
mail line that starts with a single "." (period) is detected in the
incoming mail message the system treats that as a "END OF MESSAGE" and
the rest of the Digest is *dropped* on the floor! Just think, all
that wonderful information is lost to me! Even worse, I am unable to
access the archives to "pull" in the accumulated digests because the
period is still there.
The last three digests, Sept 20th, 28th and 30th, all had lone
periods in them. These messages are normal messages that were
"wrapped" by the mailers so that the period at the end of the sentence
was placed on the following line. For example:
Stan Hodge <STANH@MAIL.TDOC.TEXAS.GOV> in the Sept 20 digest had a line
wrap place his "." in the sequence: "feelings ." on the following
Glenn Darwin <gdarwin@IGLOU.COM> in the Sept 28 digest had a wrap
around on some of his "included" text from a message by Marc Solomon.
The original line by Marc Solomon was a "tad" long.
Rick Touchette <Rick.Touchette@SEAG.FINGERHUT.COM> in the Sept 30
digest has lines that are just too long and the "wrapper" placed the
last period from "they sent me..." on to the next line.
I have two *BIG* favors to ask all of the SCOUTS-L participants:
*** PLEASE *** PLEASE *** PLEASE ***
Do your best to keep your mail messages under 75 characters per
line. This will keep that pesky "line wrapper" Deamon very unhappy :-).
Another benefit is, if any of your elegant prose are included in
anothers message the ">" can be added and still keep the line at a safe
Keep any periods as part of the word at the end of the sentence.
The Line Wrapper Deamon sees "foobar." as one word, as opposed to
"foobar ." which it treats as two words.
Thank you for your understanding.
PS: To end on a humorous note, the digest that contained Elizabeth's
suggestions arrived on Saturday ----- truncated!
John A. Gallant
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