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[rpd] Unnecessary attachments

Alan Barrett apb at
Wed Jun 11 06:56:07 UTC 2014

Ignoring the merits of Badru's message itself, I'd like to focus on the

  1 multipart/related [94K, 7bit]
  2 |->multipart/alternative [7.5K, 7bit]
  3 | |->text/plain [2.7K, quoted-printable, us-ascii]
  4 | `->text/html [4.5K, quoted-printable, us-ascii]
  5 `->image/png [86K, base64] A6B4555D-F867-4A2F-A9F9-BAF29039D12B[1].pn
  6 text/plain [0.1K, 7bit, us-ascii]

The useful part of the message (the text/plain part number 3) 
is less than 3K.  The entire message is bloated to 94K by the 
inclusion of an unnecessary HTML part, and an unnecessary image. 
(The text/plain part number 6 is the footer automatically added by 
the mailing list software.)

I'd like it if the mailing list software automatically blocked all 
messages with attachments, pending approval by a moderator.  The 
moderator could delete unnecessary attachments, or simply ask the 
sender to try again without the attachment.  The moderator could 
approve messages with useful attachments.

So many people send unnecessary HTML messages that it's pointless 
to hold them for moderation.  I'd prefer to delete the HTML part 
and keep the plain text, but I won't object if the community 
prefers to keep both text and HTML.

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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