Complaint: large attachments

Alexander Skwar listen at
Wed Sep 13 05:55:43 UTC 2006

ยท David Satchell <david at>:

> Peter Garrett wrote:
>> On Wed, 6 Sep 2006 18:36:28 -0400
>> Paul Kaplan <pkaplan1 at> wrote:
>>> Here we go.
>>> T41 works, T43 doesn't
>> Sorry but this is one of my pet hates. You sent 2 (two) image attachments.
>> One of them was 2.43MB in size... [T43snapshot1.png  image/png (2.43MB)]
>> Have you any idea how long that ties up people's dialup connections?
>> Hint: it takes over *ten* minutes to download 2.4MB on the average dial-up
>> link.
>> Please, *never* do this again. If you have screenshots, put them on a
>> server and link to them.
>> You have wasted the bandwidth and time of countless dialup users with your
>> thoughtlessness.
> Thoughtlessness?


> How about just not realising or not knowing better? I'm 
> not making any assumptions about the original post that started this,
> nor am I attacking you Peter - but many users who come on here aren't
> going to know how to upload their screenshots to a server,

How can you *not* know? isn't hard to

> or know why 
> that is a good idea.


> Fair enough it's hard to download large attachments but this is the list
> people are directed to if they are new to Ubuntu and have issues.

Yes. But they can post without a (huge) attachment.

> The 
> only thing that will ever keep a Linux distro alive is the support from
> mailing lists / forums / etc. so how about before people start a huge
> rant about thoughtlessness and not posting attachments, that they
> consider that maybe the people doing such things don't know otherwise...

Yes, how about it? Remember, it's not Peter who did something
wrong, but Paul. Don't try to turn this around!

> If a newbie comes along and tries to ask a question, but instead gets a
> bounce mail or a rant from some sick and tired list member, how often is
> it likely they are going to come back?

Remember: He's doing something wrong in the first place! Why not
behave properly in the first place?

> The only thing
> that really sets Ubuntu apart to the basic end user is the ease-of-use
> and great support.

Uhm - I tend to disagree. There are other great Linux communities
out there (which is NOT to say that the Ubuntu community is NOT a 
great community!). And easy to use distributions - there are
others as well.

> Next time, try sending a message that helps

He did, when he complained about the way too large attachment.

Alexander Skwar
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                -- Wilhelm Busch

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