Electronic Mail Netiquette


What's the Problem?

  • E-mail is built on text-only foundation

  • Modern GUI mail programs use "attachments", often hide real size

  • Inefficient; size balloons (binary -> base64), multiple copies

  • We still have limits: network bandwidth, mail spool size

  • Other mail servers don't allow large files (varies); bounces will fill our spool

  • Can bring servers to their knees.

NRAO/CV Computer Lunch: 1999-09-15
Pat Murphy