reachability testing

Warren Kumari warren at kumari.net
Wed May 2 19:52:39 UTC 2007

On May 2, 2007, at 2:58 PM, Scott Weeks wrote:

> --- ronald.dasilva at twcable.com wrote:
> On 5/1/07 7:19 PM, "Scott Weeks" <surfer at mauigateway.com> wrote:
>> : Randy's MUA automatically deletes email sent directly to him...
>> Probably because you have a 12+ line .sig full of lawyer-speak.
> Both practices arguably ingenious or idiotic...
> -----------------------------------------------------
> Doesn't matter.  He doesn't want to see the .sig and it's his email  
> system.  Others do the same.
> I gotta admit it's a really big .sig that's utterly useless.  It  
> *IS* being disseminated, distributed and copied and on a global  
> basis.  It's "unlawful" in what country?  No one's going to delete  
> all copies.  Blah, blah, blah...

Yup, these really long .sigs used to annoy me no end, especially when  
trying to read email over dial-up or satellite or some other slow  
access method. I used to complain to the sender that it was a stupid,  
unenforceable practice....

And then I worked for a place that automagically inserted something  

After countless (ok, it was probably only 9 or so, but it sure felt  
countless at the time) meetings with different groups all pointing  
fingers at each other ("Its legal's doing!",  "SOX! We have to do it  
for SOX reasons", "The mail server automatically does it and we don't  
know where to turn it off"(!), "Think of the children!") I eventually  
just gave in and lived with it...

That fact that my (work) emails had some random gobbledygook inserted  
that I had no control over didn't in any way change the importance  
[0] or validity[1] of what I had typed above it (and giving up the  
fight allowed me to work on other, more important stuff -- like  
keeping the network running).

I don't think that Ron is choosing to put this .sig in his mail, some  
ugly corporate mail gateway is probably appending it for him. While  
he could spend a huge amount of time trying to explain to someone at  
Time Warner that it is a stupid thing to do, I sure he has better  
things to do...

[0] about zero
[1] also about zero.

> scott
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