Re: [mythsoc] Posting format (WAS: Re: Re: Green men)
- From: "Elizabeth Apgar Triano" <lizziewriter@...>
>No, Lizzie. I agree with Wendell and Deirdre. Sometimes my quotes don't
> I add those >>s manually so that people can see what I am quoting.
> I am not real fond of the automatic every-line things, because while they
> are nice at first, after a generation or so they get very annoying.
> Aren't we getting a bit anal here though?
automatically generate the sideways carets so I have to put them in
manually. Or I don't like the line breaks. It's not that much harder to go
back and type
>This is much easieron.................................................
>to read for most
>of us who are used to
>than to read this and have it go on and
and to try to keep track of it that way.
Also, the ">" business is layered. If you keep in your attributions, as is
proper netiquette, you get
>all their text begins with a single mark. If they have quoted someone andyou keep that in, you get
>secondperson@whereverthird level of quotes -- there will be 3 marks.
>>and all their remarks are preceded by a double mark. Ditto if there is a
This is pretty standard. Doing variant quoting is like variant spelling --
it slows down the reader and has the tendancy to confuse.
To be quite frank, I often skip what you and Diane write because it's too
much effort to figure out what is quotation and what is original. And I
also consider it quite rude to delete the the source of the quotation unless
there is a very good reason (such as you asked the person if you could quote
them and they said you could only if you didn't say who it was from).