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Re: [Xen-users] Proposal for a xen-users(/devel?) netiquette

To: "Tom Z. Napierala" <tom@xxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Proposal for a xen-users(/devel?) netiquette
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Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:04:16 +0800
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On 20 Sep 2006, at 6:17 PM, Tom Z. Napierala wrote:

On Wednesday 20 September 2006 09:35, Tim Post wrote:
I think all of us are happy to sort through either top or bottom
quoting, or full quotes provided there is something of interest in the message to begin with. I don't think we need to get *that* particular as
many people just go with whatever their mail client does by default.

So it's time to change an email client ;)

What a practical solution. It works the rest of the time but we should change to suit a mailing list. Yes, I'm sure mutt does things better (I'm not picking on you Tom by the way - you just happened to bring up something (in a smiling way) that irks me). We live in a time of varying email clients that take getting used to and we should try to smile and deal with situations as they present themselves, IMHO. I know Mail.app doesn't wrap lines nicely for example.

Many lists fall under criticism for being snobbish about rather mundane
things when in fact its only a few extra bytes in a message to scroll
past, and shouldn't trigger any resentment in someone who is inclined to
be helpful to begin with :)

Top-posting is bad, and there is no doubt about it. Why? We, IT people rely on logic, we are also rather busy. There is no logic in top-posting, and let me
show you small example:
A: Because it fscks up the flow of conversation!
Q: Why is top-posting so bad?
A: Top-posting!
Q: What's the most annoying thing on email lists?

What you have to do, is to scroll down the conversation, and try to recover the flow (some people would post correctly while some not. Complete mess)

After working in a call centre I'm used to flows of conversation from all angles so all I ask is that people follow the existing flow. So, if you are the first response then bottom post (as is logical) otherwise go with what's already there.


P.S. As for humour on the list, can I call you a langer Tom?

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