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I came across this today

lists.mplayerhq.hu/pipermail/rtmpdump/2012-February/001827.html

This person has used HTML email instead of plain text. I put this question up so that people posting on mailing lists could have a reference of what is appropriate format.

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Use plain text.

No HTML Mail, Please
Set your mailer to send only plain text messages to the list.

fedoraproject.org/wiki/Mailing_list_guidelines

Post HTML at your own risk.
Keep in mind that not everyone uses mail or news readers that can easily
display HTML messages. Consequently, you will reach a larger audience if
you post in plain-text. Many people simply ignore HTML messages, because
it takes a nontrivial amount of effort to read them.

mozilla.org/about/forums/etiquette.html

Try not to use MIME: a lot of people use mailers which do not get on very
well with MIME.

freebsd.org/doc/en/articles/mailing-list-faq/etiquette.html

in plain ascii text.

ietf.org/rfc/rfc1855

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