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Re: Quoting Appropriately

Posted By: Jonathan Leffler
Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2009, at 8:27 p.m.

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 03:40, Art Kagel <art.kagel@gmail.com> wrote:

> [T]his is not directed only at you alone but to ALL posters, and I do
> NOT apologize for shouting:
>
> PLEASE INCLUDE THE TEXT OF THE POST TO WHICH YOU ARE REPLYING WHEN YOU
> POST TO THE IIUG FORUMS!
>

View seconded.
The other thing which is annoying is excessive quoting of the previous
material - too much is as bad as too little. It is also a courtesy to drop
signature blocks, especially these days when many companies in Europe are
obliged to add quite extensive disclaimer blocks to the ends of messages.

I'd prefer to see less top-posting too - this one, I fear, is a lost cause,
though.

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.

Q: Why is it such a bad thing?

A: Top-posting.

Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?

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"Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be
amused."
NB: Please do not use this email for correspondence.
I don't necessarily read it every week, even.
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