Re: [mythsoc] Posting etiquette
- At 06:45 PM 10/17/04 -0400, mkk wrote:
>I wonder if I could remind people that it is considered good practice toThank you for saying what I have been thinking. *smiles*
>trim most everything you are not replying directly to out of replies. I
>just read one that was 20 screens on my email reader. Of which 2 were
>response and 1 was what was being responded to
And now we see one of the problems with top-posting. I realise that OE and
many other mail programs are by default set to reply by quoting the message
below, but such settings can be easily changed or gotten around by just
moving the cursor.
Here's a link that I send out to folks on my mailing lists:
Mailing List Etiquette FAQ
And another bit:
Why it's a good idea to quote SELECTIVELY:
It's considerate of other people's time and Internet resources to only
quote relevant parts of an e-mail message you're responding to. If a person
writes 3 new lines and quotes a 110 line original message that may mean
that up to several hundred people have to waste time skipping, skipping
down to try to find the next "new" stuff. If two quoted lines were enough
to tell what the person is responding to, then with regard to what was quoted:
* The computer server is having to store fifty times more information than
* For every 100 people who are subscribers to the list, the Internet is
having to transmit five thousand times more information than is necessary.
* Other people on the list are having to wade through fifty times more old
information than they should have to.
Something else to consider: many people are still on dial-up, especially
those in countries besides the USA. In many of those countries, people not
only pay for every minute that they are using the phone line, they also
often have to pay for every minute of Internet time as well.
And there are also those who are visually challenged who "read" the 'Net
via a text speaker, and can have problems with non-edited emails.
There's a quote from DLS (I think in 'Gaudy Night') where someone at Oxford
says something to the effect that there must be consideration for others in
community life. (Exact quote not to hand, as DLS books packed up, still,
alas.) And if the 'Net isn't a rather large community, then I don't know
Joan, please pardon MKK and myself if we've stepped on your moderator toes,
but we do mean well in wishing this wonderful yahoo group to be amongst the
best of its kind. *smiles*