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From David Crossley <>
Subject Re: Why waste?
Date Sun, 08 Dec 2002 02:27:12 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> [snipped 13Kb of text, that multiplied by 600 were 7Mb, multiplied by an 
> average of 1000 messages a month would become an impressive 30 Gb of 
> wasted bits per year!!!]

> Now, what each one of you can do is to trim your messages just to the 
> content you think it's important to quote. I know it's *easier* and 
> *faster* not to care. But please, consider that your posts will also 
> have a higher signal/noise ratio and will be much easier to search for 
> them in archives

However there is an art to this. If we are not careful then
the reply loses all context and is extremely difficult
to follow, causing more confusion than it is worth.

> also, if you can, remember to use proper quotations of who said what, 
> think that in 20 years from now, your posts can be part of the history 
> of computing and bandwidth ecology will for sure be a 'social trend'.

Why do you say "if you can"? If one cannot, then one should get
a better mail client.

> Do you really want to look like a waster for centuries? :)

Thanks Stefano, for raising such important issues.


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