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From drew <>
Subject Re: [ooo-user] was RE: [Was: Re: [Discussion]]
Date Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:19:41 GMT
On Wed, 2011-08-31 at 16:21 -0400, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM, Manfred A. Reiter <> wrote:
> > 2011/8/31 Rob Weir <>:
> >> Something else to think about for the ooo-users list: file attachments.
> >>
> >
> > The experience with the german OOo-users list have shown
> > that attachments should be banned. Today it is not an art piece
> > to save a file in net and refer to a link to it.
> >
> Did you give the users some sort of automated error message if they
> tried to add an attachment?

No, there was no automated message.

> That is the part that concerns me, that we silently strip the
> attachments.  This will just lead to increased noise:

You don't need to use conjecture here - there are real examples - it
doesn't usually go quite that way, again IIRC.

One example of a support ML that accepts attachments is GIMP. They limit
(not sure if it is enforced in code or just their rules) attachments to
10KB - they also strongly discourage adding any attachment.

As for numbers from a non-ML but same subject:
[sorry some of these numbers are from past times, but a quick look just
now and I think they should be in line still]

The en forums has 10,235 attachments from 193,615 total posts.

The average size of an attachment is: 48.7 KB [some of my old numbers
have this at 36.4]

[old numbers - I no longer have enough access rights to pull these any
MS format files: ~8% 
ODF format files: ~48%
Compressed [zip, 7z, etc] ~1%
The rest are different image formats [jpg, png, tiff]

Anyway - I hope that helps somehow.


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