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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [OT/Rant] Quoting
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2002 17:18:01 GMT

Gianugo Rabellino a écrit :
> Team,
> please don't take this the wrong way: I feel a bit like old aunt Polly
> asking people to be polite and to behave, but this is turning into a
> problem (at least to me).
> I would like to draw your attention on the quoting issue: I'm really
> having a hard time in following the ML traffic given that when a
> discussion grows beyond the three replies it suddenly becomes a jungle
> of (mainly mis)quoted stuff. I know that editing messages is a boring
> task and it's way faster to just jump to the place where you want to
> place a reply, hit Enter and start writing, but please keep in mind that
> your saved 2 minutes turn out into a loss of time and concentration of
> every list reader (try to sum up the time spent by every reader,
> probably the total amount of waste of brain cycles would be impressive:
> come on, we have better things to do :)).
> I challenge any of you to catch up after a few days away from the ML,
> get a message from a populated thread, glance at it and understand what
> is it about and where does the discussion take place: I spend most of
> the time looking around a ton of quoted text (which many times includes
> taglines, signatures and everything) to discover that the whole mail
> turns into a "+1" hidden around.
> Is it only me getting old and picky? :) Or should we pay a bit more
> attention to this issue?
> Thanks for bearing with me so far,
> --
> Gianugo "old aunt" Rabellino

I guess you tried to follow my discussion with Nicola Ken... 

We tried to remove some content and reformat some wrapped lines. But
that's not so easy with a mail client that wraps everything at 72
characters !

I will try to be more carefull in the future. I experienced the same
problem with the interesting "Managing flow and resources" thread and
finally gave up. I keep the whole thread in my mail box to read it fully
one day !


Sylvain Wallez
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