Saionji no Hana wrote:
> Do you want to know who you are reading/addressing or is a truncated
> e-mail ID or Yahoo screen name sufficient?
I STRONGLY believe that e-mail list members should sign their e-mail posts.
It is just good etiquette. I like to know who the heck i'm "talking with".
I sincerely doubt many of us would phone hundreds of people we'd
never met, leave them personal voice mail messages and not mention
who we are.
And as others have said, the letters (often not even words or names)
in the "From" line do not necessarily tell us much. Some folks still
have those that say things like "Ann13546778"... who's that in the
SCA? On one of the lists i own, the partial name in the "From" line
of one member is "face_from_the_past"... who's that?
And, SRSLY, how difficult is it to sign e-mail? I usually use
pre-created "sigs" and i have about a dozen for different situations.
> Do you care if you read repeated messages, particularly in digest
I find there is rarely any reason to repeat an entire previous
message. And in most e-mail setups, it only takes a few seconds to
remove extraneous parts. Courtesy is supposed to be something we
strive for in the SCA, and trimming posts is courteous to one's
As i get the digest, repeated messages can be an excruciating waste
of time and screen space. I appreciate it that our good moderators
often spend their precious seconds saving us listees from what seem
to me to be lazy posters.
> Are top-posted messages easier or harder for you to read?
I dislike top-posting, as the new message lacks all context,
especially when a brief response is posted over a long message and
somehow i am expected to figure out just to which part of the old
message it refers.
I prefer interleaving because it gives each part of a response its
appropriate context (assuming that the reply is of more than one
part), with the quoted passage first, followed by the response, as it
would have been in a face-to-face conversation.
Another reason i dislike top-posting is that so many people top-post
without editing, and i have seen one sentence replies to a message
top-posted on as many as 8 previous posts, many of which redundantly
contain parts of each other. It's rarely worth it to me to waste my
time trying to disentangle the mess.
BTW, posting a link to a file in the Files section of any Yahoo list
doesn't work well... The URL is dynamic and keeps changing. So... the
da Rules and Regs mentioned by our fearless moderator are in a file
"List Etiquette and Expectations"
which can be found at:
Someone sometimes called Urtatim