On 2/4/98 3:36 PM, David W. Tamkin <email@example.com> wrote...
>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.
Yup. Why bother informing our children when we can sneak around behind
their back and pull their strings?
But that's off-topic.
>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
Agreed. If AOL's the one making the conversion, it shouldn't then smack
you in the face with it. But I don't know if it's possible to make the
system work the other way around. Probably not.
>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
No, it can't be prevented.
Adam Bailey | Chicago, Illinois
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