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From "Robert Andersson" <rob...@profundis.nu>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] OT Answering mail--without causing pain
Date Fri, 06 Dec 2002 05:55:43 GMT
I was suprised to see my own style written down, without ever having read
such an article before.

The only objection I have (as I illustrate by this message :) is that I find
to "top-post" appropriate when you reply or comment a message as a whole,
rather than commenting specific parts of it. As you're commenting the whole
message, the only alternative is putting in a comment after the entire
message, which is much worse.

Leaving the full original message in these cases might waste bandwidth etc,
but is necessary for completeness. Otherwise, there would be no context
unless you can guess which the original message was. When leaving the full
message, I keep the mailer's "separator" while I use the "N.N. wrote:"
heading when I'm going to comment on quotes.

Regards,
Robert Andersson


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Turner" <kk5st@sbcglobal.net>
To: "Apache Users" <users@httpd.apache.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 9:34 AM
Subject: [users@httpd] OT Answering mail--without causing pain


> The mail kinda stacked up over turkey-day.  Oh, the pain.  Trying to
> follow trains of thought in many of the threads was not pleasant.
>
> There are tried and true methods of citing, quoting, and replying to
> email that make a thread easy to follow.  Unfortunately, there are a
> large number of newbies to email-list protocols and etiquette who have
> never had the opportunity to learn them.  For this reason I shall open
> myself to vituperation and scorn by posting the following URL:
>
> http://www.netmeister.org/news/learn2quote.html.
>
> I urge everyone, and that includes the old-timers, to update and upgrade
> their habits.  This admonition (thanks, Baloo) was made on another list,
> and I was chagrinned to realize that I was not perfect. I had got
> sloppy, in fact.  Please join me in trying to improve our readability.
>
> Cheers
> --
> gt                                           kk5st@sbcglobal.net
> Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving
> there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
> -- John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
>
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