At 2000-11-25 18:24 -0500, James B. Byrne wrote:
> On 24 Nov 2000, at 16:55, I received this message:
> > In the last couple of weeks we've had two people on the ABCD mailing
> > list who upgraded to AOL 6.0 and discovered that the new version of
> > AOL is HTML only. They cannot switch to plain text, so they are
> > unable to post to the list.
> > I can tell that this is going to turn into a major headache.
> > I thought I'd write you and let you know what we've run into. Other
> > administrators on other lists may be encountering the same problems.
> > Or they're about to.
> 1. Is there actually no way to turn off html formatting from the AOL
> 2. If this isn't true then how do you do it?
> 3. If it is true then how can majordomo handle it? Anyone out there
> with a pre-processer to strip of html tags and reformat incoming
> messages as text?
How is this a problem for the mail server or the list management
software? I don't understand why AOL and its users shouldn't wear it
and fix it, in the case of the users by walking.
If the sending MUA is identified in the headers you can make it taboo,
I think. Certainly you should be able to configure the MTA to
recognise a certain mailer (provided it boasts of its identity) and
toss messages from it down the drain. It could return a polite
rejection message, with browser and mailer recommendations.
Yes, you could reformat it. But unless you have real, strong
motivation to waste time and commit forgery, why bother? I suspect
role confusion here. Not a job for the mailing list, IMHO.