L. Lynn Gardner writes:
A couple of years ago I installed an AOL disc, for the life of me I can’t
remember why, but it was the most annoying software I have ever
encountered, it took me for ever to get it off my computer and finally had
to remove windows and reinstall the OS. Never again!
In a message dated 1/12/04 9:22:42 AM Pacific Standard Time,
The biggest negative to AOL seems to be their desire to dictate e-mail
standards to the rest of the world. >>
Geez, you guys just aren’t going to let me try to be diplomatic are you?
Yes, a great deal of the mail problems we have had over the years tends to
be with AOL users.
First, you have to realize that they are marketing to the masses and trying
to reach even the lowest common denominator. Trust me, some folks should
not be allowed to sit down at a keyboard.
But the most persistent problem has been the plain text issue over the last
few years. Apparently somewhere around AOL 8.0, they eliminated the ability
to send plain text and it caused no end of complaints.
One of our error messages explicitly addresses that issue and suggests that
the user use the forums instead if they cannot resolve their AOL plain text
Were we to allow html, rich text, attachments, colored fonts, etc, it could
take as much at 10 times more space to archive the current lists, and they
might not be readable to everyone anyway. Plus, we would have no control
over malicious code, bugs, and assorted nasties that could get sent to every
user on the list.
Anyway, this is not meant to be bashing AOL. They provide a service and
many folks like their service. I just prefer to use a regular ISP who
allows me to use conventional standards compliant software to browse and
e-mail. I don’t have any children looking over my shoulder so I don’t need
their parental filtering. And at my age, it’s hard to shock me anymore
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Subscription changes - http://www.jag-lovers.com/cgi-bin/majordomo> On Monday, January 12, 2004, at 12:22 PM, MMoore8425@AOL.COM wrote: