Adam Bailey said in response to a question from Danny Lieberman:
| Here's what happened: AOL converts incoming messages that are larger than
| about 25k to attachments. The Parental Control in play here is the block
| on receiving file attachments. Your subscriber, or the person who owns
| her account, will need to sign on with their master screen name, go to
| Keyword: MAIL CONTROLS, select the screen name that they're subscribed to
| your list with, and uncheck the box that says "Block file attachments and
| pictures in mail."
Mail Controls can be set *only* by logging in under the master screen name?
I knew that the user of the master name could set them for subordinate names,
but I did not know that the users of the subordinate names could not set them
for themselves. That's new information [to me anyway] and it changes a lot
for the particular cases on my list. Thank you very much, Adam.
Based on my experiences it seems that more often than not the parents do not
tell the children that they've put blocks on their email and the kids find it
out as a rude surprise.
An additional problem is that Mail Controls make no distinction between an
item that came in with an attachment and a long plain-text message that AOL
converted to a file with an attachment. That is just indefensible if you ask
There appears, moreover, to be no way to prevent the conversion. I've asked
several AOL users who consider themselves expert at its mail whether it could
be prevented, and none have ever included an answer to that question in their