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    Hi all,

    I have a user that created a really great looking Outlook signature, and now the boss-man wants everyone to use this signature in their e-mails. The signature contains a link to a remote image from our website.

    My question: Is it a bad idea to use images in an Outlook message? I ask because I know our server sometimes filters out messages as spam because they have images attached, or have remote links to images in them. I'm wondering if putting the image into the signature could cause our messages to be flagged by other companies spam filters.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

    Jeremy

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    Re: Image in Signature - Bad idea? Opinions Please!

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      Re: Image in Signature - Bad idea? Opinions Please!

      Its a very small image, only 9.6 kb. I dont think that would be to much of a strain on bandwidth.

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        Re: Image in Signature - Bad idea? Opinions Please!

        My opinion is that the less the formatting, the better. Some people only receive Plain text emails (by choice or enforced). If you format around bells and whistles, at the least test to see how it shows up in plain text.

        Also, there is no reason why a filter would or would not pick up on it. It depends on the filter's configuration. So, will you be increasing the possibility, I would say yes, but not by much.


        here is a little discussion on wikipedia.... (mind you it is related to use of signatures on wiki)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikiped...contain_images


        If the boss wants it, find a way to incorporate it, but add size restrictions - at the least, and make him aware of the possible implications no matter how small.
        Last edited by aazmon; 23rd May 2006, 22:54.

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          Re: Image in Signature - Bad idea? Opinions Please!

          Originally posted by aazmon View Post
          Also, there is no reason why a filter would or would not pick up on it. It depends on the filter's configuration. So, will you be increasing the possibility, I would say yes, but not by much.
          Just to back that statement up, I think you're spot on.

          I'm the administrator of a medium sized business and we've had our new HTML email signature for about a year now. There is an inline image from remote server. For the most part, we haven't had any issues with this, but there are mail filters on servers out there that are much more strict than others, and I'm 90% certain that the reason for any of our emails being bounced back is because of the signature, although it never gives you a specific reason (apart from one which notified me that the image attachment was removed, although I'm now confused as to why the image was classed as an attachment when it's supposed to be inline and grabbed from a remote server).

          Which brings me onto my next point... if I'm remotely linking to an image, why does it attach it? I would have thought the HTML would render on the fly, and not include it in the email. Confused!

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            Re: Image in Signature - Bad idea? Opinions Please!

            If you are remote linking to an image then you need to have that link live forever, but it could increase the chances of your messages being flagged as spam.
            If you are embedding the image in the message then you will bloat the store, not only for you, but for any regular recipients.

            I don't recommend images in the signature for any reason whatsoever.

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              Re: Image in Signature - Bad idea? Opinions Please!

              The other thing that occurs to me is that if you are linking to an image on a remote web server, then every time an email is sent and read, forwarded and read, etc., etc. it is putting a load (albeit small) on your web server and the bandwidth to your web server and probably skewing your web site statistics as well. It sounds like a bad idea to me IMHO.

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