HTML in list submissions

Benjamin J. Weiss benjamin at
Wed Oct 15 12:53:06 UTC 2003

> On Wed, 14 Oct 2003, Bret Hughes wrote:
> >> The redhat list has an auto-responder that, when it detects a poster
> >> sending an html message, sends a reply to the poster with a link that
> >> explains why html posting isn't a good idea and even has tips on how to
> >> shut it off for popular browsers.
> >>
> >> Is there any way that this could be incorporated into the fedora list?
> >>
> >> Ben
> >
> >IIRC that is done by one of the list subscribers and not RH.  I can't
> >find the thread where this was cussed and discussed though.
> Yes, one of the list subscribers took it upon himself to set up
> an annoying autoresponder which spammed anyone with anti-HTML
> religious tribe if they sent HTML to the list.  I was the
> recipient of one such email, and I assure you I never post in
> HTML, as I use pine for email.
> HTML email is generally quite annoying, and pretty much everyone
> on mailing lists prefers it if people disable HTML when posting
> as it is just good netiquette.  Some other people handle it by
> just filtering HTML mail to /dev/null or ignoring it.
> If you get any autoresponders like that in response to your
> postings to any Red Hat list however, please report it to the
> list administrator (rather than dirtying the list).
> Autoresponders that respond to list postings are considered very
> taboo.

Actually, I rather appreciated the auto-response, as it gave me the tools I
needed to stop sending/replying in html. :)


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