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Re: st: html format postings to Statalist


From   Phil Schumm <pschumm@uchicago.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: html format postings to Statalist
Date   Thu, 23 Aug 2007 14:53:23 -0500

On Aug 23, 2007, at 12:39 PM, Schaffer, Mark E wrote:
I have a question for you - how did you manage to send an email to Statalist in html format? According to the FAQ,

http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/statalist.html#advice

it shouldn't have gone through.

Although we don't use Majordomo (the software used to host Statalist), we do maintain a large number of research-oriented mailing lists, and, like Statalist, we too have a strict policy of no HTML-formatted email. In our case, we use a script to identify HTML- formatted messages and to strip out the HTML tags, leaving the raw text in place. Part of this process obviously involves detecting when a message contains HTML, and that is not a perfect process, since the HTML sent by mailers can often be pretty ugly (this is one of the reasons for disallowing HTML-formatted posts). IOW, whenever attempting to detect HMLT-formatted email programmatically, both false positives and false negatives are possible. I have no idea whether that is the answer in this case.

At any rate, as Nick pointed out, knowingly attempting to send HTML- formatted email to a list when it is against list policy is unlikely to ingratiate you to its readers.


-- Phil

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