ASCII Ribbon Campaign Against HTML Email

ASCII Ribbon Campaign
against HTML mail, vCards and proprietary formats

online since 2000

»this trend, on the web at least, has resulted a glut of graphics heavy, worthless pages,
that take a million years to download and once you have them, you wish you hadn't wasted the time.«
gabriel helman - the semi-official, semi-serious ascii ribbon campaign against gratuitous graphics on the web!

idea - well i'm not that strict and completely anti-graphic (to be seen on this page, for instance) as gabriel helman, but anyway i think that a lot of pages have too much graphics on them. i feel still able to protect myself from these pages by simply not browsing them. BUT! it's pretty hard to prevent yourself from receiving such formatted email. the only things they are good for is to raise my online costs, to delay their own displaying and to bloat my mail folders.

signatures - if you agree, feel free to join the movement and show this by adding it to your signature. anyway, if you like to alter the proposed signatures, feel free to do that, again.

chisseled version (4 lines)

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/ ASCII Ribbon Campaign
X against HTML email & vCards
/

smooth version (4 lines)

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ASCII ribbon campaign ( )
- against HTML email X
& vCards /

corpulent version (7 lines)
sent in by retnek

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// The ASCII
// Ribbon Campaign
V/ Against HTML
/A eMail!
//

brief version (2 lines)
sent in by sergio gutiérrez santos

() ascii ribbon campaign - against html mail
/ - against microsoft attachments

monstrous version (10 lines)
sent in by scott l.

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// " /
// // -------------------
@ // ///=SCII Ribbon Campaign
X /=---=gainst HTML E- Mail
X ///
// ----------------------------
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undo - as a matter of stupidity (or something else - who knows), some big email programs seem to be shipped with html set to be the default mailing method. however, this (mostly) is no dogma! you can easily turn off that annoying feature. harley hahn sent in this tutorial for outlook and netscape. others may follow soon.

origin - to put this straight: i did not invent the ascii ribbon campaign, but i highly support it. i searches the web quite long, but as i did not find any pages offering signatures along with reasons and the special focus on emails, i decided to create this page.

godfather - i received a mail from dario dariol, who tried to help tracking down the origin of the signature. currently it seems to go back to mr. teixeira from brazil, but as he has changed his email address since then, we were not able to completely reveal the mystery. for the time being let's accept this as the first appearance of the ribbon:

Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 10:20:01 +0300 (GMT-3)
From: Mauricio Teixeira
To: redhat
Subject: Re: Space problem?
Message-ID: Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII

On Wed, 17 Jun 1998, wward wrote:

> the filesystem still shows no space available. Where is the space
> I freed-up?

Sometimes the space freed-up os shown only after a reboot... I
dunno why...

__________________________________________________________________
Mauricio Teixeira - Amazonline Internet Provider - Belem/PA/Brazil
mauricio@amazonline.com.br - badman@brasnet.org
(soon!)
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/ CAMPANHA DA FITA ASCII - CONTRA MAIL HTML
X ASCII RIBBON CAMPAIGN - AGAINST HTML MAIL
/

brothers - fortunately this page is no longer alone in the world wide web:

*the semi-official, semi-serious ascii ribbon campaign against gratuitous graphics on the web! (english, 1998)
*7 reasons why html e-mail is evil (english, 2000/2002)
*no html mail (english, 2003?)
*losderover.be (dutch, 2003)
*ascii ribbon campaign (german, 2004)
*ascii ribbon campaign (english, basically a mirror of my page)


Another very similar page. Possibly updated from this first page.


ASCII Ribbon Campaign
against HTML e-mail and proprietary formats

"...this trend, on the web at least, has resulted a glut of graphics heavy, worthless pages,
that take a million years to download and once you have them, you wish you hadn't wasted the time."
gabriel helman - the semi-official, semi-serious ascii ribbon campaign against gratuitous graphics on the web

"There are many people who prefer not to receive HTML email, some who find it to be a personal inconvenience, and others who must literally pay for the greater bandwidth consumed by HTML email. All of these considerations become particularly strong on newsgroups and mailing lists (with their great variety of participants from around the world), where the use of HTML email is often considered ignorant or rude."
Alan G. Isaac - HTML Email: Whenever Possible, Turn It Off!

the concept - simply put, HTML e-mail is gets in the way of effective communication. There's a time and a place for everything, and the time and place for graphics, animation, and fancy fonts is the web (although Gabriel Helman would disagree with me on that score!). E-mail is -- and should remain -- a plaintext medium. Why? Because e-mail is a communication medium, and a good one. In order for a communication medium to work effectively, it has to be understood. All e-mail programs can display plaintext in a readable fashion, but they can't all display HTML meaningfully. Chances are at least 50/50 that any HTML e-mail I receive gets deleted before it's opened, so, if you really want to get my attention, send me plaintext.

what's more - some people extend this to the Web and to vCards. I don't. The Web can do what it likes, and I find vCards useful.

signatures - if you agree, feel free to join the movement and show this by adding an ASCII ribbon to your signature, or come up with your own (if you do, drop me a line, I'd love to see it).

chisseled version (4 lines)

/"
/ ASCII Ribbon Campaign
X against HTML e-mail
/

smooth version (4 lines)

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ASCII ribbon campaign ( )
against HTML e-mail X
/

brief version (2 lines)

() ascii ribbon campaign - against html e-mail
/ - against microsoft attachments

Scott L.'s BIG version (10 lines)

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// " /
// // -------------------
@ // ///=SCII Ribbon Campaign
X /=---=gainst HTML E- Mail
X ///
// ----------------------------
//
//

oops - Some poplar e-mail programs seem to be shipped with html set to be the default mailing method. This means that some people don't even realize they're participating in this heinous act (which, by the way, makes you look like an Internet newbie!) You can easily turn off that annoying feature. Here is a tutorial for Outlook and Netscape.

Copyright ©2005 Ben Steeves. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

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