Technical Notes for Posting to Marxmail

by Les Schaffer


1.) ALL POSTS MUST BE IN PLAIN TEXT. 

Posts formatted in html BOUNCE to me. The first few times I forward to the list after converting, after that I simply tell you to repost yourself. 

Marxmail requires plain text for 2 reasons:

Mailman, our list management software, will strip out HTML as long as you specify HTML + plain-text. HTML only will be rejected, however.

For instructions on plain text formatting can be found here for various email programs (Outlook, Eudora, etc.).

I have written several posts -- stored in the Marxism list archives-- detailing how to turn off html formatting in various email applications. write me offlist if you need help with this step.

Also, especially for those of you posting from Asian countries, it is VERY HELPFUL if you choose a standard character set like us-ascii or iso-5591-1 for your posts. otherwise many of your punctuation marks will look jumbled in the majority of the subscribers email readers. Email me if you have problems with this.


2) MIME (Les, you fill in the details)


3.) NO ATTACHMENTS. 

Be forewarned that Mailman strips all attachments in order to make sure that no viruses or worms get sent to subscribers. If you have a graphics file, Word document, etc that you would like subscribers to see, send it to me and I will make it available on the Marxmail website.


4.) POSTS MUST BE LESS THAN 35,000 CHARACTERS.

This amounts to about 5000 words or just under 10 pages. If you do exceed this limit, we will forward the post to the list if it is not cross-posted material and the content is deemed important for the majority of the list. The rule was set up mainly to avoid reckless crossposting of material that is already available on the Internet. 


5) AVOID POSTING LENGTHY MATERIAL THAT IS ALREADY ON THE INTERNET.

Rule 4 is closely related to rule 3. As a rule of thumb, it is best to include 3 or 4 paragraphs of an article and your own words at the beginning indicating why Marxmail subscribers would find the article useful. Then, add the URL of the article so that others can track it down. If the URL is fairly long, it is a good idea to enclose it in "<" and ">". This insures that it will be 'clickable." Another solution for long URL's is to feed them into sites like http://makeashorterlink.com or http://tinyurl.com.


6) CLIP EXTRANEOUS TEXT IN A MESSAGE THAT YOU ARE REPLYING TO.

Please include only the text that is relevant to your reply. Also, avoid the temptation to post a one sentence comment on a message that is repeated in its entirety to the effect of "This is a terrific post" or "I agree with this one hundred percent."