Group -- the Luddite position

Dick Plotz

One feature of the Lyris system is that it's not capable of including
attachments. It would be very helpful for the overwhelming majority of
users to be able to attach files, but when that functionality is
added, it can easily be used for mischief. It doesn't even have to be
a malicious person doing it. Anyone can attach a file they don't know
includes malware. Or an attached file that passes our own screening
gateways could trigger an alarm on someone else's.

The consequences would be devastating to our ability to send mail to
our subscribers. Already maybe once or twice a year we get put on the
blacklist of one or another service that provides information to mail
providers about mailstreams that need to be blocked. Now we have an
ironclad defense: we are unable to send infected files because we are
unable to send attachments. No matter how careful we are with whatever
new system we adopt, once we start admitting attachments we
permanently lose this ironclad defense. It already consumes an
inordinate amount of time for us, or our subscribers, or both to argue
with mail providers about this. I don't know whether there's a
solution to this problem.


Sally Bruckheimer

I agree with Dick. I won't open attachments from unknown sources. I'm sure you have gotten emails from people you know, when their computer has a virus, so the email makes no sense; well if you open an attachment, it can do terrible things to your computer. I have good virus protection, but I won't open attachments.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Sam Eneman

Can't the system be set to NOT allow attachments?

Avraham Groll

Yes, and we have now done that.
See my email from last night

On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 10:57 AM Sam Eneman <sam.eneman@...> wrote:
Can't the system be set to NOT allow attachments?


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Lorraine Rosengarten

I think you make a good point and wonder how other groups deal with attachments.  

Marjorie Geiser

Every EML I've subscribed to has prevented attachments. One great feature about JewishGen is ViewMate. I know the recommendation has been to upload our file onto ViewMate and then ask the EML for help with it, but there hasn't been one time I've had to go that far. People have been very quick to respond directly to my request for help on ViewMate.

Arizona, USA

Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD
Author "Just Jump: The No-Fear Business Start-up Guide for Health and Fitness Professionals" available on Amazon

Sam Eneman


As the ViewMate Moderator, I appreciate your sharing your ViewMate experiences!! Thanks. Many people do post their requests via one or more of the lists.

Sam Eneman
North Carolina USA