[thelist] OT: postprocessor to strip some disclaimers out of digest mode

Madhu Menon webguru at vsnl.net
Fri Jan 4 15:58:38 CST 2002

At 02:28 AM 1/5/2002, Kevin typed these words:

>I've accumulated just over 9MB of The List in digest-mode in mbox format.
>It turns out that 56KB of that is "disclaimers" forced upon one of our
>beloved members by his workplace.

So about 0.6% of your mailbox then? :)

As much as I hate those annoying disclaimers, I also realise that many 
employers force it upon their employees. Martin, unfortunately, has little 
choice in the matter :(

Heck, The Register even had a competition for disclaimers. Read about it at:

(and don't miss the winning entry for longest disclaimer - 
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/28/19051.html - at 1081 words!)


People who reply to messages would do the list members a great service if 
they trimmed their replies to include only relevant parts of the original 
message. Please... if you're replying to only one line of a 30 line 
message, don't quote the entire 30 lines. It's a waste of bandwidth and it 
makes digests hard to read. Let's keep this list clutter-free.

For your reading pleasure, we have a nice document with list guidelines at:

><tip type="mail signatures" author="digger">
>The standard .signature delimiter is a hard return, two hyphens, one
>space, and another hard return: "-- ".  The trailing space is
>critical to recognizing the .sig delimiter.
>Your email program should use it to *strip signatures when composing
>replies*.  If it does not do that it is broken, regardless of any other
>capabilities it may boast.

Ah, but Eudora, Outlook, and Outlook Express don't follow this convention. 
Those account for a majority of the world's email clients (apart from 
perhaps AOL. Don't know about that.)



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