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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject Re: [OT/Rant] Quoting
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2002 18:53:15 GMT
Sylvain Wallez wrote:

> Gianugo Rabellino a écrit :
>>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 guess you tried to follow my discussion with Nicola Ken... 

Er... yes :) but you're in good company :/

> 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 know it's a mess, it's not funny and it's boring, especially when you 
are focused and willing to share your opinion. This is why I write my 
replies right away and quote later on when I'm done with my creative 
crisis :)

> 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 !

See? This happened to me a lot of times, and it means  valuable 
brainpower being lost due to laziness in quoting and low attention to 
S/N ratio :/ I remember my old Fidonet days where it was a strict and 
enforced rule that quoted text could not be more than 50% of the total 
message: this was done based mostly on bandwith constraints, yet I feel 
this can still be a good rule of thumb. Oh well, I don't have white hair 
(er... actually I have a few hair, and yes, some of them are white ;-)) 
but sometimes I tend to feel like an old man: it starts to look 
old-fashioned having read RFC1855 and writing signatures separated by 

Anyway, who cares. Back to work!


Gianugo Rabellino

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