Thursday, January 19, 2017

Please Stop Emailing Attachments

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After working with faculty and staff at one of our district schools this week, I am compelled to once again address a pet peeve.  With options such as dropbox, one drive, google drive, google docs, or office 365 for real time collaboration and file sharing, it makes absolutely zero sense to email anything as an attachment. Emailing attachments spreads confusion about the 'real' or current document, where the document might be saved (Is it my downloads or some hidden folder?) while introducing a bevy of additional hassles including file size limits, reduced quality images or pixelated videos. Emailing attachments was great in the early 90s. Today, emailing attachments is a bad practice that needs to stop. If you would like explore alternatives to sending documents and files as email attachments, please contact me.

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