About a change of host...

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:08:28 PDT
On 4/21/2017 6:04 AM, David Pilling wrote:
> Raises the question why have we done nothing, and if I have my doubts 
> about ibiblio, why don't others.
When this list was started many years ago, the decision was made not to 
allow images. At that time attachments were often the sources of viruses 
and we couldn't prevent that from happening. Also there were a lot of us 
who were on dial up and when we'd receive large images, we'd have to go 
away, sometimes for hours, while those images were being downloaded. And 
some people had limited storage on their email accounts and didn't want 
it to be filled with images that they might not have been interested in 
receiving. On other lists those people who did not want to receive 
images would unsubscribe. Image lists were created for all those people 
who just wanted to post images so you had one group posting images and 
sometimes talking about them and another group for conversation. We 
wanted to have a list where everyone could participate so we set it up 
for those people who did not have a fast connection or had limited 
storage instead of for those who had more. As Robin points out there are 
still some of us who live in rural areas of the US where high speed 
connection opportunities are limited. We created the wiki as a place for 
images or suggested people could upload them to a free location and give 
a link. Then those people who wanted to see them could click on the 
link. The wiki was much more simple in the early days so that more 
people took advantage of using it.  A lot of those groups with double 
lists are now gone and the pbs list remains.

David has been spending a lot of time for a lot of years now patiently 
trouble shooting multiple problems with this list. And that has become 
more challenging than it was in the beginning. He deserves a lot of 
praise for his efforts.

Mary Sue

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