Posting to Precious-Things
Within a day or so of subscribing, you will start receiving mail
from the list -- either as individual posts or the digest, depending on
which flavor of the list you subscribed to. Quite likely, you may want
to join in on the discussion, whether to comment on something someone
else said or to start up another thread. Doing so is called
posting and the mechanics are really quite simple: all you
need to do is send a message to email@example.com.
After you send your message, it will be forwarded to the moderators
for approval, so it will not appear immediately. In fact, since the
moderators have "real" jobs and are not logged in 24 hours a day, your
post probably won't even appear within a few hours. Posts tend to be
approved in the early and late evenings, so if you do not see your post
appear within a day, it was either lost in the mail or not
There are some common reasons why a post will not be approved:
- Your post is not related to Tori or her work.
One-liners and me-toos, which do not contribute to the
discussion, will not be approved.
Note that some "hot button" topics, such as feminism, religion,
rape, and so on can be on topic, provided the discussion
relates back to Tori. General debate, though, will not be approved.
- Your post contains flames or attacks on other
Precious-things is intended to be a civil place -- please keep
it that way by being respectful of others.
- Your post is formatted in HTML or some other non-text
Some of the more recent mail programs as well as the web-based mail
providers can format mail as HTML, Enriched Text Format, Rich Text
Format or some other odd non-text formats. These formats allow for
greater control over the appearance of text in a letter, the inclusion
of graphics in mail, and so forth. While this is cool (well,
maybe), not everyone has the ability to handles these formats
so these messages will appear as gobbledy-gook to them. In addition,
HTML-formatted mail usually includes a plain text copy of the message
as well, which puts an extra load on smoe's mail server. Hence, no HTML
mail is allowed through to any list at smoe.org.
Unfortunately, many of these mailers default to sending mail in
these non-text formats and the people who use them never even know it.
So, here are instructions for turning off HTML for some the mailers and
web-mail services that support it:
- Netscape 4
Under Edit | Preferences | Mail & Groups | Messages:
- Make sure that the checkbox for "By Default, send HTML messages" is
Under Edit | Preferences | Mail & Groups | Identity:
- Make sure that the checkbox for "Always attach Address Book Card to
messages" is not checked.
- Outlook 97
Under Tools | Services | Internet Mail | Properties | Message Format:
- Make sure the checkbox for "Use MIME when sending message" is not checked.
- Under "Character Set", select US ASCII.
- Outlook 98
Under Tools/Options/Mail Format:
- For Message Format, change "Send in this message formet" to "Plain Text".
- Under "Signature," do not attach a vCard.
- Microsoft Exchange
To get rid of the WINMAIL.DAT attachment:
- Double-click on the Mail and Fax icon in Control Panel.
- Click on the Services tab, and select Internet Mail from the list. If Internet Mail is not listed, click Add to add this service.
- Click Properties, and then Message Format.
- Turn off the option that reads Use MIME when sending messages.
- Click OK and then OK again.
- Double-click on the name of each recipient in your Address Book.
- Turn off the option that reads Always send to this recipient in Microsoft rich-text format. This option needs to be set for each recipient of a message - if even one has this turned on, all recipients will still get the attachment.
To get rid of the equal sign, "=", at the end of each line:
- Open the Internet Mail Properties window, and click on the General tab.
- Select Message Format, and then Character Set.
- Change the character set from ISO-8859-2 to US ASCII.
Please note: posts that are not approved will not
If you think your posts are being unfairly rejected, please contact the moderators
and let them know your concerns.