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I came across this today

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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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Use plain text.

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

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.

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

in plain ascii text.

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