December 05, 2003
So there's this really opinionated guy on a non-technical YahooGroups list that I'm on. He has some good points, but mostly comes off as an ass. Then there's this new guy who seems to be becoming this guy's bud, similar in decorum. So Ass sends a message with about 5 pictures, totaling about 1.1 MB to the list, for Guy. Guy says he doesn't get them, so Ass sends them again. They don't go through AGAIN, so Ass sends another message TO THE LIST saying 'sorry, but they won't go through, here's the error message from your ISP,' and AGAIN, attaches the fscking pictures!!!!!
So now I've gotten them three times. Poor saps on dialup have gotten them 3 times and the ONE intended recipient hasn't seen them at all.
So I, calmly, believe it or not, suggest Ass make use of the Photos section of Yahoo Groups (again, it's a YG list) and point out that mail is not and never was intended as a file transfer medium.
Guy responds in a tizzy: Can't you delete? Do you make the rules? What's wrong with e-mailing pictures? Why should I have to log into a site to share pictures?
Ass responds: Can't you delete? "I have always found pictures transmitted to be reasonably faithful to their originals" (ok, CLEARLY we are dealing with the unclued on this one). I don't want to join a photo group or I'll get spam. "Hopefully you won't have problems with any of your transmissions, be they pictures, messages or whatever" (sarcasm much?).
Heh. Winners. They're made for each other.
So I respond, calmly, that yes I can and did delete. Sadly, I neglected to point out the many poor dialup users who were still trying to get their 3+MB of mail. I agree that yeah, logging into a site can be a real drag (I can sarcasm too). Yeah, sending small pictures/files over e-mail is fine. No I don't make the rules, just suggestions. I helpfully point out that Ass is ALREADY signed up for a group, or he wouldn't be reading my mail. Remind them that I was just trying to help them share their god damned photos (which to my knowledge, Guy still hasn't seen).
And I close the only way I can - by quoting Barbara Billingsley in Airplane: