On Sat, Jun 09, 2007 at 06:14:00PM -0400, Bruce Momjian wrote: > I know we have talked about how to avoid legal email signatures on this > list. One idea would be for a small percentage of our users to ignore > emails with a legal signature. I know I am less likely to reply to such > an email.
The problem with that is that you ding people inside large corporations that are _trying_ to adopt PostgreSQL in the face of bad corporate policies (like "we standardise on product O" or "all outbound email gets garbage L appended"). Moreover, people who are in such environments are often prevented from visiting gmail, hotmail, or the other likely suspects in order to send their messages in circumvention of corporate policy. And remember, such people may not actually be able to prevent the signature going on by just ignoring policy -- often, it's added at the gateway on the way out of the server. I know they're irritating and stupid, but in the context of a mailing list they also have zero effect, because the mailing list address is explicitly public. I also know that they use extra space in the list archive, but if we attempted to purge the list archives of every worthless bit of nonsense in there, surely this wouldn't be the number one thing on the list (the semi-annual eruption of knee-jerk "threads are better" discussions probably take more room, for example). What we _could_ do, I suppose, is start mail-writing campaigns to legal departments in companies that insist on such disclaimers, pointing out the folly of their ways and asking that the policy be changed to distinguish between list-posting and non-list-posting accounts. A -- Andrew Sullivan | [EMAIL PROTECTED] The plural of anecdote is not data. --Roger Brinner ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 1: if posting/reading through Usenet, please send an appropriate subscribe-nomail command to [EMAIL PROTECTED] so that your message can get through to the mailing list cleanly