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Old 10-15-2011, 07:50 PM
Joe Zeff
 
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On 10/15/2011 12:33 PM, Ian Malone wrote:
> Seems to have been a run of this recently, can I remind people there's
> no need to re-post their messages, certainly not the URLs?

The only reason I did was to make sure it was clear exactly what I was
*plonk!*ing. If it had been a long message, I'd just have quoted enough
of the opening to give context.

<set mode="soapbox">
On that note, people, I'd like to ask the rest of you to trim your
replies to the part that's relevant to your message. Scrolling down
through a long message to find one or two lines of response isn't how
most of us want to spend our time, especially when it's not always clear
at first just what you're referring to. For some of us (myself
included) this can be even harder when you top post because there's
sometimes more than one part of the message you might refer to. And, of
course, if you're doing inline comments (An excellent way to make sure
readers know what you're referring to.) quoting any part of the message
after your last comment is pointless.

I can't speak for anybody on the list but myself, but whenever I see a
long message quoted, followed by nothing but:

+1

I want to reply with the following:

-1 Redundant

If you feel compelled to make such a reply, trimming your message down
to the part you think is so great helps us know what you're applauding.
Remember, "Brevity is the soul of wit."

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Old 10-15-2011, 08:04 PM
Tim
 
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On Sat, 2011-10-15 at 12:50 -0700, Joe Zeff wrote:
> I'd like to ask the rest of you to trim your replies to the part
> that's relevant to your message.

+1

And I'd wish people would make it clear what's quoted and what's a
reply. It's traditional for quoted text to have a > mark before it (as
above), and quotes of quotes to have two or more of them, the number of
them equal to the number of generations back. However, some people
quote with no markers, and I can't see a reply, or tell what's a reply.

Likewise, with those who do not put a blank line between quotes and
replies, it all merges together.

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Old 10-15-2011, 10:18 PM
Ian Malone
 
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On 15 October 2011 20:50, Joe Zeff <joe@zeff.us> wrote:
> On 10/15/2011 12:33 PM, Ian Malone wrote:
>> Seems to have been a run of this recently, can I remind people there's
>> no need to re-post their messages, certainly not the URLs?
>
> The only reason I did was to make sure it was clear exactly what I was
> *plonk!*ing. *If it had been a long message, I'd just have quoted enough
> of the opening to give context.
>

Best to at least snip the URL, that way there's one less copy of it
floating about on the net to get indexed.

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Old 10-15-2011, 11:30 PM
Ed Greshko
 
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On 10/16/2011 06:18 AM, Ian Malone wrote:
> Best to at least snip the URL, that way there's one less copy of it
> floating about on the net to get indexed.

IMO, it is best not to respond at all to these. Just email the list
admins so they can ban the offending email address. The list admins
don't always read the list, so best do alert them.

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