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Jul 13, 2004 6:57 pm re: re: The Bollywood Technique
Anil Kumar K
Let me respectfully disagree with the points Rick given here. BTW, I'm basically a Linux/Open source programmer.

> Rick Kershner wrote:
> (1) Do NOT post just an URL. That's a good way to pass along a virus, worm, etc.

No worm/virus will get installed into your computer unless the resource the link points to have some "active" components. In such a situation all browsers (including IE and Mozilla) will warn you about it. You will get a chance to take a decision.

More over copy/pasting a long text instead of sending just the link is highly discouraged because of the following facts:
1. primarily it defeats the purpose of the whole HTTP mechanism.
2. waste of band width. If this group has, say, 5000 members and if such a copy/past article has a size of 5K bytes collectively it consumes a bandwidth of ~25M bytes while the group members visit the board. In the case of sending a just the link only those who are interested can click and see it.

>(2) If you want to pass along an URL; explain it, IF users may be downloading something

It it was pretty much clear in his posting.

>(3) Do NOT post a Microsoft IE URL (.asp pages frequently do not work with Mozilla based browsers nor Opera nor ...)

No browser, while you fetch a URL over HTTP, will look at the file name extension to determine what type of file it is going to download. Instead, there is a "header" item called MIME type, sent to the browser prior to requested data, is used to determine what it is. I can use an extension, say, ".mySP" and still all the browsers can render it if I set the MIME type properly.

>I did not and would not click on something like this. This is dangerous, disrespectful and downright lazy to send just an URL if it is innocent. Someone much more foolish than I will have to click on it.

Here my indention is not to flame and I do not want to invite one either. I just couldn't ignore this posting.

best regards

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