Unwanted e-mail Attachments
Where do they come from?
Some e-mail clients try to retain the editor's format of the original message and send this information to the list server. Since the list server can't deal with the formatting instructions in a way that all e-mail clients can recognize, they appear to many of us as an unreadable attachment to the e-mail message that we receive. This occurs when the recipient of the message does not use the same kind of e-mail client that generated the message. We can't tell when an attachment is valid without wasting a little time opening it. These attachments also waste disk space and require the user to delete them manually.
What can I do to prevent them?
Well, if you are using Microsoft's Outlook, these steps provided by Bjorn Vang Jensen worked well for him. They are provided with his permission. The bottom line is that you want to send TEXT-ONLY messages to SCUBA-L - not MIME encoded messages. Some mail clients allow you to select this option on a recipient basis - meaning all posts to a particular address will be text-only as a default. The following steps worked for Bjorn:
If you use another e-mail program, and hear that you are sending unintentional attachments, you may need to ask for help. Someone usually knows the answer and will be glad to share it.
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