Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Managing Your E-mail Software
Re: Managing Your E-mail Software
Kirk and Nena Barley
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 12:44:17 -0500
Your offer will be helpful, and is appreciated.
> I am willing to build web pages with directions for each program on how to prepare your e-mail
> program to use with e-mail discussion groups.
Most of my email recipients prefer html or can accept html and 8 bit
text. This list is the only place where it matters. I am an
experienced user and know my software reasonably well. After HTML came
up (was always a rule) I checked my current version of Netscape Composer
and looked at two different locations and found that I had 8 bit turned
on and mime, html turned off. Unfortunately, there was a different
governing switch that still had me sending both types that I
overlooked. Once I got feedback from the list saying that I was sending
html, I had enough of a reason to hunt down the third switch and fix my
Feed back is what is missing, not knowledge of how to use our software.
I knew the first five versions of Netscape cold, Communicator 4.4 or so
(I'm on 4.6 unfortunately) changed the preferences menu and disorganized
its structure making choices I understood before more obtuse. WHile your
web page will help many, especially new users, I will not be nearly as
helpful as feedback from the list. I would not have gone to your web
page after being relegated to a monitored status, I thought I had format
under control and was a content violator. Once I got a form that said,
hey dummy turn off the html ,your web site would be helpful, but I would
probably try to figured it out myself, before I went to your site.
It will be a real challenge for you to keep the web page up to date. I
have 3-4 versions of Netscape and IE on my system. Not my choice, they
have been installed as components of other systems. Each version has a
different preference method, and new versions come out frequently. AOL
brings its own challenges.
Again, I think your offer is great, but we all know that even the best
intended can not conform without feedback. It couldn't be more basic.
Tell me where I am diverging and I will try to conform, but without
feedback there is no possible way for the system to stay in control.
Virginia Beach UMC
Virginia Beach, VA