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From Kelven Yang <kelven.y...@citrix.com>
Subject RE: E-Mail client guidelines on the mailing list
Date Tue, 08 May 2012 16:51:01 GMT


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Schweikert [mailto:rjschwei@suse.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 2:48 AM
> To: cloudstack-dev@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: E-Mail client guidelines on the mailing list
> 
> 
> 
> On 05/08/2012 04:16 AM, Ram Chinta wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Alex Huang [mailto:Alex.Huang@citrix.com]
> >> Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 5:14 AM
> >> To: cloudstack-dev@incubator.apache.org
> >> Subject: RE: E-Mail client guidelines on the mailing list
> >>
> >>>> - No top-quoting, only bottom quoting or in-line
> >>
> >> I agree with most of these guidelines.  I can see most of them makes
> sense for
> >> plain text reading in emails/archives and on phones.  The only one I
> have a
> >> problem with is bottom-quoting.  With most email clients supporting
> threading
> >> nowadays, it is faster for readers or followers of a thread to do top-
> quoting.  I
> >> think if you have specific items that you're answering to then you
> should trim
> >> and do in-line.  This email, for example, to me is in-line with one
> item.  If you are
> >> replying to an email as a whole, then you should simply top-quote.
> For the
> >> people who are reading archives, it's not too much trouble to follow
> in reverse
> >> but for people who are actively participating in a conversation, it
> saves a lot of
> >> time not to have to scroll down.
> >>
> >> --Alex
> >
> > Couldn't agree more. I would even question why plain text is so
> sacrosanct in these days where mime/html email clients are standard.
> Archiving and searching isn't an issue either.
> 
> Because HTML formatting messes with spaces when you sent patches to the
> list. Also this is a devel list, thus I suspect there is a good chunk of
> people using pine or mutt and plain text e-mails are just much nicer to
> deal with in those clients.
> 
> Although it appears that the top posting (which I personally hate) is in
> favor maybe this will help:
> 
> http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Mailing_list_netiquette#Quoting
> 
> This is the guideline we have for all openSUSE mailing lists.
> 
> Later,
> Robert
> 
> --
> Robert Schweikert                           MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU
> SUSE-IBM Software Integration Center                   LINUX
> Tech Lead
> rjschwei@suse.com
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After I have read through http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Mailing_list_netiquette#Quoting.

Bottom quoting seems to be more community friendly, especially for people who are seeking
for help from archived email threads. So my vote is now leaning towards the opposite :-)

Kelven


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