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:
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.) NO ATTACHMENTS.
Do not post messages with any kind of attachments. The message will bounce. You
have no idea how many email viruses we have saved the subscription list from
simply because we bounce all messages containing attachments.
If you have a Microsoft Word document, for example, that you would like to post to the list, either convert it to plain text first before sending (File --> Save As, and choose plain text) or forward the document to me and I will convert it.
Under special circumstances, if you have a formatted document, as in Word or Powerpoint, and it looses a lot by conversion to plain text,
or graphic images, contact Louis Proyect or myself and we will consider posting it on the web in well-formatted fashion.
Otherwise, simply send an announcement to the list about the existence of the formatted document or images, and ask subscribers
to contact you directly if they are interested. alternatively, send me the document and tell people to contact me if they want a copy. I
have a high-bandwidth connection to the net.
3.) DO NOT PUT THE NAME OF MARXMAIL SUBSCRIBERS IN THE SUBJECT: LINE.
We used to get
requests to remove posts with names in the Subject line and it is a LOT OF WORK. So we
outlaw it. We also feel this reduces the level of personalizing in heated debates.
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. The rule was set up mainly to
avoid reckless crossposting of material that is already available on the
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