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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [OT/Rant] Quoting
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2002 17:44:19 GMT
Peter Royal wrote:
> On Thursday 03 January 2002 11:43 am, you wrote:
> > Is it only me getting old and picky? :) Or should we pay a bit more
> > attention to this issue?
> I agree with you 100%.

Cannot agree more.

I will start emailing privately the people who doesn't follow basic and
simple rules about:

1) starting your quote *BELOW* the text.

2) remove text that is not useful in the particular context.

3) making sure your mailer gives context. Please, see a few lines above:

> On Thursday 03 January 2002 11:43 am, you wrote:

Who the hell is *YOU* in this context?

Please, do this exercise: go to and search for
something (your name, for example) and try to follow up there.

Then imagine something like "" 20 years from now and
judge your commits on *THAT* vision of your son searching this archive
for your past work on this project.

But it might not be your son, but your boss, your new employer, your new
employee, your new colleague or new customer.

It is about your ideas. It is about you to make it easier for people to
understand you.

Think about it.

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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