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Dear List Members,

There have been a number of rather good photos sent as attachments to
this list by some good photographers recently.

Although the list software is capable of sending these the policy of not
allowing these has not changed as has been discussed previously on the
list. As you will see these are mostly technical concerns and concern
those subscribers with a minimal type email account. Remember this list
is for ALL  members of the list no matter how fast or slow their
downloads or size of their email account. The reasons for this are as
follows:
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Attachments increase the size of the messages quite drastically.

For people accessing their email accounts using a modem download times
increase dramatically.

For people with limited disk space for email accounts they fill up a lot
faster and if full when the message with the attachment arrives will not
see it because the email provider will return to sender the message
ststing that the addressee's mailbox is over quota.

We then get into discussions about formats and if recipients have the
correct software to read the attached file.  Remember not everyone on
this list is  a computer whizz and discussions of computing usage are
not suitable for this list.

Some ISP's set limits to the size of incoming emails and others just
plain refuse messages with attachments for security reasons.
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The policy for the list, due to the above concerns , are as follows:

1 Send a message to the list discussing the subject in the attachment
2a  State  in the message if you are willing to send the file to
interested parties if they contact you OFFLIST
2b  Alternatively state the URL (web site address) where the image can
be freely accessed.
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Due to the sudden surge in photo attachments sent to this discussion
list and the fact that above policy and reasons for it have been stated
previously I have now set the list to refuse messages with attachments.

Since the original posting (when saved to disk was 1.3 Mb in size) the
number of list messages bounced back to the me because of full mail
boxes has increased significantly.  One ISP has set a limit of 5 kb on
messages and that affects 10 members at least. Another ISP refuses
emails with attachments altogether.

Searching for a better solution

Regards

Chris Snook, MObirds-L owner
Columbia.

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