Re: New rules and guidelines

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 14:50:01 -0700

On Wed, 7 Feb 1996, PamWilson wrote:
> When replying to someone else's post, would it be possible for some of us not to
> append the *entire* previous post to the end of their message? This ends up with
> layers and layers of archived discussion attached to what is often a very short
> message. I personally prefer reading those messages in which the relevant line
> or two from the previous message has been excerpted and inserted into the
> response where appropriate.
> This excess and repetitive textual material takes up a huge amount of disk space
> to slog through, with economic implications for those of us who are on
> commercial services and have to pay for our time.
> Since I'm fairly new, I don't know if this has been discussed before. If this is
> a cultural practice that is appreciated by the rest of the list-members, then I
> humbly defer to the desires of the rest of the list.
> Thanks for listening!
> Pam Wilson
> Carlow College

Amen, Pam. I generally just scroll through all of the extraneous
repetition, and just read what the last poster has to say. But that is
indeed tedious. On another list to which I belong, there is one member
who typically repeats _very_ long posts, then appends a single sentence
comment at the very end. I'm getting smart, and generally hit the
"delete" button when I see the post comes from him.

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

There are people who will help you get your basket
on your head because they want to see what is in it.
-- African proverb