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Re: Daft Internet Stuff [Re: Returning from "vacation". (MIA?)]


On Sun, May 18, 2003 at 10:26:38AM +0100, Matt Ryan wrote:

> Emile van Bergen wrote:
> > So what do you propose then, to drop everything just because you
> > cynically point out that a lot of rules are being violated today?
> What I'm saying is that (a lot of) these rules are archaic and irrelevant in
> today's Internet world. Firstly I doubt any of the people who violate the
> rules are even aware what an RFC is or what it's for - and if they did they
> probably wouldn't care.

So? I may as well ask the question again.

I also don't understand the phrase "today's Internet world". You mean
with the hordes running Outlook and shopping on the clickable amazing
discoveries / quantum shopping / tell sell channel that's the WWW?

How does that make sane email communication standards less relevant?

> Does it matter to the sender that they put a couple of extra lines in their
> signature and this *may* cause a few extra seconds download time for the
> recipient?
> Is forwarding a chain letter going to get them cut off by their ISP?
> Will their computer explode if they type their message in CAPITALS?
> The answer to these is no, and I hazard a guess that 'abuse' of any of these
> rules would end up at the same conclusion - it's not relevant to me
> therefore I'll dismiss it. 

So if your ISP doesn't cut you off, or your computer doesn't explode,
you'll dismiss the friendly requests and advice given by the people
you're communicating with.

That doesn't sound very social, does it?

> Society evolves and with it rules change, we need to accept this and
> see what evolves - if it turns out to be bad then limits will have to
> be applied, but I'm not seeing a complete state of anarchy break out
> yet...

Again, I ask: what's the alternative you are proposing? What do you

It seems you just want to send HTML mail, and not feel sorry for it.

Be my guest. Just don't send it my way.

Or to a mailing list, or to anybody you don't know, or to somebody of
who you don't know whether he or she accepts HTML mail, for that matter.



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