Audi Fans improvement suggestion? WAS: Stupid replies on Audiw... forum

Brett Dikeman brett at
Fri Feb 27 13:22:47 EST 2004

At 12:14 PM -0500 2/27/04, SuffolkD at wrote:

>Is it possible to post a photo with an AFans post (limited size of 
>course) when posting a question about removing a part or ID'ing one?

Sorry to be a party-pooper, but I don't see this ever working.  Given 
the volume of email, people's email boxes would be overflowing very 
quickly- remember, even a tiny image can be almost the size of an 
entire digest.  It'd also cause our bandwidth usage to explode(take 
any image, multiply by 1500).  A lot of people use dialup to connect, 
or have quota limitations(free webmail accounts), or pay by the byte. 
Then there are the problems it would cause in the archives, since the 
archiver doesn't "understand" binary attachments; it just includes 
the encoded garbage right in with the message.  Blech.

Listers usually post links to images off their homepages or friend's 
homepages and provide the URLs in their messages; perfect, because if 
you're interested, you can go look at it; if not, no wasted 
bandwidth. I've done it myself.  Fun, too, as you can then peruse the 
other images on the person's site :-)

  Rennlist has a picture-poster service that Dunkle had to take down 
for a while because asian porno companies discovered it and started 
using him as a free hosting company.  The internet is a true 

There are a bunch of online services that let you post albums for 
free, and I know the tech heads among us have put up pics(or even 
hosted entire websites!) for fellow listers.  Often you'll see a 
request for help posting some pics.  Seems to work out in the end. 
Maybe we can have a list somewhere on the site of people who will 
post pics on their servers for listers, to make it easier?

>ANY way of carrying a one photo option over to these lists?

Technically possible, but a decent amount of scripting work and would 
in practice probably cause more problems than it solved.  Dealing 
with MIME-encoded messages can be a royal pain since everyone does it 
sliiightly differently.

>And no Avitar or tag photos at least for a while...........Unless 
>the masses speak.


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