From: Charles Lindsey (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Sep 18 1997 - 05:10:00 CDT
Brad Templeton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>There is no need for autoresponders any more at all. They are my fault.
>Some 15 years ago I got tired of people posting to net.test to test their
>local install of news, so I suggested people put in autoresponders to
>get the message out that you shouldn't post there (and also it provided
>a handy test if you really knew what you were doing.)
On the contrary, autoresponders are quite useful.
I recently wanted to test how 8-bit clean the news and email transport
systems actually were (against the doomsayers who say that anything over 7
bits will surely get lost). So I posted an article to misc.test with some
'£' signs in it (that is pounds sterling, not pounds weight - if any of
you receive it as a '#' please let me know). No MIME headers. There were
'£' signs in both the body and the headers (the Subject line, actually).
I had replies from 4 autoresponders in UK, MA, PA, and CAN. All returned
the '£' signs correctly, both in the headers and the body. Not conclusive,
of course, but most encouraging.
-- Charles H. Lindsey ---------At Home, doing my own thing------------------------- Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~chl Voice/Fax: +44 161 437 4506 Snail: 5 Clerewood Ave, CHEADLE, SK8 3JU, U.K. PGP: 2C15F1A9 Fingerprint: 73 6D C2 51 93 A0 01 E7 65 E8 64 7E 14 A4 AB A5