Gary McGath <ga...@REMOVEmcgathREMOVE.com> wrote:
> Reading email as plain text, which you do, defeats all or nearly all
> attempt to monitor your reading. As you note, though, the plain
> text versions can be messy to read.
Messy and very bloated. I don't mind long emails (within reason) so
long as they consist only of substantive content.
I routinely search *all* my email, back to day one, for various
character strings. My searches take longer than they should. But my
dislike of bloat is mostly just an aesthetic preference. So what if
disk space is cheap and plentiful? Even if real estate and plumbing
became cheap and plentiful, I would never say "I have ten thousand
toilets, so I never need flush one again."
> uses it.
> I understand why marketers, including ones that have the recipient's
> permission, want to snoop on their subscribers' reading habits. I
> don't understand why fannish organizations use Mailchimp.
Indeed. The fannish organizations aren't doing marketing. And
anything labeled as "email marketing" rubs me the wrong way. It's
just another word for spam. Nobody would consent to having their
email open to marketing, any more than they'd consent to having their
front yard used as the city dump.
> If you don't want to run your own list server, there are plenty of
> options that respect privacy. I've set up lists on groups.io
> personal mailing list and for a discussion group.
I'm not that happy about groups.io
either. Again, lots of HTML
and MIME turds in nearly all emails. Will future generations view
"MsoNormal" as being the most common word of 21st century English?
as being a typical apostrophe?
> Nobody can decide for you whether Mailchimp is worth the annoyance.
> If it isn't, you should be able to get yourself removed from those
> lists without having to block them.
There are unsubscribe links, but they're URLs, not email addresses.
Giant MIME-infested URLs which need to be manually unMIMEd before
they're usable. Anyhow, I don't so much want to unsubscribe as I want
to get nothing but succinct accurate relevant plain text messages.